An Eastern Phoebe shows up around the house once in a while. This relatively quite flycatcher perches for a few seconds on a branch, or like in this image on top of a shepherds hook, catches an insect, and lands on the next elevated spot. We usually see them every year in early spring and their appearance means most of the time ‘winter is over’. Seeing the bird frequently means hopefully they had a successful breeding season in our part of the woods. The Eastern Phoebe will migrate late September, early October to the southern part of the US or northern Mexico. It happens every year, but I will be excited as always if the first one shows up again here next spring. There is no better message at that time than ’winter is over’….