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Here I would love to share with you our travels and adventures as international mushroom consultants. MEMOIRS about husband Pieter Vedder, who was a SCIENTIFIC PIONEER in Mushroom Cultivation Education. His practical handbook is in 8 languages and is called the MUSHROOM BIBLE: https://mariettesbacktobasics.blogspot.com/2020/08/modern-mushroom-growing-2020-harvesting.html

Sunday, May 29, 2022

Eastern Phoebe Reside in Front Porch with Babies

Our newest residents...
Eastern Phoebe is a flycatcher...
Just a few weeks ago, when my severe midback arthritis pain did not permit me to bike,
I started walking the wood trail through our wood garden.
I left through the front door and noticed a broken bird egg on the tiles in our front porch...
This was on May 17...
SAD sight!
Looking up, I spotted the nest, on the ledge above our Vintage Woodworks...
Clever, as it is rather high!
On May 23, I captured its resident...
It turned out to be the Eastern Phoebe, a fly catcher.
We sure were thrilled knowing what it was!
Here I spotted both; male and female Eastern Phoebe.
How sweet!
You hear our senior kitty Dido in the background, as I captured them through our dining room window.
Here it is on the railing and I love its eyes.
Insect eaters, so they catch also mosquitoes; a bonus to have them around!
Just like our tiny bats on the driveway side, behind the gable vent.
We have had lots of heavy rain and since I have to get up often during the night due to my kidney problems, I noticed that the Eastern Phoebe was high up on the nest.
Pieter mentioned, maybe there are chicks in it?
So today I took the lightweight aluminum ladder from the garage and brought it upstairs.
 Looked inside the nest, with my iPhone on selfie setting...
Guess there are four babies, 3 beaks are visible but the other is moving as well.
Thrilled to have them!

Are you having any birds nesting around your home?

16 comments:

  1. Oh, what a blessed visitation you are having from the Eastern Phoebes! Can't wait to see their young hatch out, Mariette.
    Blessings!

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    1. Dearest Martha Jane,
      Those are darling birds and both of us are thrilled. Pieter bought them mealworms yesterday afternoon and they love them! So they might feed them to their babies.
      Hugs,
      Mariette

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  2. Wunderschön ... vielen Dank, liebe Mariette auch für die Videos. -Bei uns brüten Gartenrotschwänzchen und die Kleinen beginnen jetzt auch mit den ersten Flugstunden... ja es ist eine Freude sie zu beobachten. Normalerweise brüten sie sogar ein zweites Mal.
    Und die Schwalben sind da. Es ist herrlich.
    Ein ganz lieber Gruß zu dir von Viola.

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    1. Liebe Viola,
      Ja es ist sicher herrlich sie nah zum Haus zu haben um beobachten zu können.
      Die Schwalben sind auch so schön.
      Liebe Grüße,
      Mariette

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  3. How wonderful. You are so lucky to have them so close to your house. We do have some birds and pigeons nesting around here by they are too high up on the trees to see them.

    Praying for your good health and Pieter's. God bless.

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    1. Dearest Victor,
      Yes, they are wonderful to have nearby within eye—sight!
      Whatever nests high in a tree we never get to see either.
      Thank you for your prayers!
      Hugs,
      Mariette

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  4. How sweet to have the babies! "My" robins have long flown the nest and the mother hasn't come back to lay another clutch of eggs (or whatever a group of eggs is called).

    I'm not at all familiar with the Eastern Phoebe, don't know if they make it this far north, so it was a treat to see yours!

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    1. Dearest Kim,
      Yes, this was indeed a very sweet surprise to have so nearby!
      Guess in our region having another brood is rather common and some might be able to do so in your area.
      According to this website: https://www.audubon.org/field-guide/bird/eastern-phoebe
      they only breed in your region but all season here in the South.
      Happy to share them here with our readers!
      Hugs,
      Mariette

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    1. Dearest Anne,
      Yes, those fly catchers are cute birds!
      Hugs,
      Mariette

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  6. Nuevos habitantes, que os van a alegrar la casa.
    Besos

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    1. Querida Antónia,
      ¡Tales residentes traen tanta alegría y es divertido de ver!
      Abrazos,
      Mariette

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  7. How wonderful! It also looks like four cubs to me. Soon they will fly and you will confirm.
    xoxo
    Coisas de Feltro

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    1. Dearest Christina,
      Oh, they are already very active and we guess that are four of them.
      Hugs,
      Mariette

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  8. I know you and Pieter are having a wonderful Holiday .... enjoy!

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    1. Dearest Helen,
      No, Pieter is just at home; long bachelor week. I finally bring home a few items from Mom & Dad, after the Covid nonsens.
      But sure enjoy time with friends and family!
      Hugs,
      Mariette

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