• Eastern Phoebe

    Common NameEastern Phoebe
    Scientific NameSayornis phoebe
    Type of ReportOut-of-Season
    Date of Observation02/20/2018
    Number Observed1
    Reporting Observer's NameJoAnne Russo
    Mailing AddressPO Box 250
    20 Hitchcock Rd
    Saxtons River, VT 05154-0250
    United States
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    Date Completed02/24/2018
    Latitude of Observation43.1322625
    Longitude of Observation-72.5256228
    Place Name20 Hitchcock Rd
    Vermont eBird Checklist URLebird.org
    Time of Day01:05 PM
    Length of Time Observed15
    Maximum Estimated Distance from Bird (in feet)100
    Minimum Estimated Distance from Bird (in feet)75
    Noteworthy Weather Conditions

    unseasonable warm day

    Optical Equipment Used for Observation

    heard only

    Observer’s Previous Acquaintance With This or Similar Species

    Phoebes nest in my yard, neighbors yards, very common resident, very familiar with vocalizations.

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    Description of Habitat

    mid level shrubby areas

    Behaviors Observed


    Description of Vocalizations

    raspy fee bee, repeated at least 10 times

    Verbal Narrative & Description of Observation

    outside in yard, purple finches, chickadees, cardinals, goldfinches all singing. I heard a raspy fee bee and immediately recognized it as a phoebe. Seemed very early though so I stuck around waiting hopefully to hear it again. And it continued for at least 15 to 20 minutes with occasional raspy fee bee songs/calls. Tried to locate it visually but he was singing near the neighbors house and I didn't want to skulk around her home! But the song is unmistakable. The only other bird a phoebe is ever confused with is the chickadee which does not have a raspy song/call and in fact, has a 2 or 3 note song.

    IMPORTANT: What similar species were eliminated when making the identification and how was this bird different?

    black-capped chickadee - has a 2 or 3 note song that is a clear, pure sound without any harsh or raspy notes. I am well aware of the distinctions between a phoebe and a chickadee's song.

    This report was written from notes taken:Immediately After

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