Eastern Phoebe

Before I continue with another migrating shorebird that made a stop in the Green Island Wetlands last weekend, I like to report my first of the year Eastern Phoebe. No, it wasn’t here in our woods but thirty miles south in Bellevue State Park. The landscape is very similar to ours, steep and rocky slopes with deciduous forest. I looked in my archives and found out that the arrival of the Eastern Phoebe has been always around the first week in April during the last few years. This small flycatcher is fun to watch when they catch prey in mid-air. It forages from atop tree branches or other perches. A sure sign of spring… ;-)