by Sandi JB
We've had nesting Eastern Phoebes since we built our house 3 years ago. The first nest they built on a curled edge of tar paper 10 feet off the ground where we hadn't finished siding yet. We knew it was doomed from the start. We stepped outside to find both parents chirping at the fallen nest and totally distraught. My solution was to nail a small platform with a short edging...then I made a bowl shape out of foil into which I returned the nest and babies to the new ledge (although one baby did not survive the fall). The parents were right back to feeding them in minutes and actually seemed to sense we were only trying to help. At the end of the season we were able to finish siding after they fledged and decided to build a permanent shelf there. Last year they had 2 broods and are already back this year for another go at it. Their mid-air antics ...diving and twirling are hilarious to watch. But more so, they seem to trust us since our nest recovery mission.