These monogamous little fly-catchers build their nests of mud and dried plant materials often on ledges with overhead cover. Last spring I came upon this phoebe nest while walking on a trail. It was built on the roots of a tree which had been toppled after a storm.
|The black arrow is pointing at the phoebe's nest|
|Close up of the phoebe's nest made of mud, dried grasses, pine needles and moss|
I've noticed quite a few brown-headed cowbirds ( Molothrus ater ) around also. These brood parasites often choose phoebe nests as the location for their eggs.
|Male brown-headed cowbird|
|Drab gray female brown-headed cowbird on left; male brown-headed cowbird on right|