What Is This Bird?

by Dave
(Scott City, KS)

A bird of this type has visited my farm in western Kansas for over twenty years. First showed up and nested in a shed. She came back for years. She is not a flighty type and is quite tolerant of me. She no longer nests in the shed as I have a good door on it now. Not sure where the nest is. She has kind a whistle to her sound. I can not identify by using the books. The breast is king of apricot colored. I do not think I have seen a male. I believe this is a female.

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May 15, 2011
by: Anonymous

Thanks for your replies. I had thought it might be a phoebe but I have never seen another in this area. Maybe the first one blew off course and her descendants just keep coming back. I enjoy them.

May 13, 2011
The Amazing Phoebe
by: Susan

The phoebe winters south of the Carolinas - they are hardy birds and do not travel all the way to the tropics in the winter.

With unfailing accuracy the female finds the place where she built her nest the previous season or where she herself was hatched. This instinct of returned direction is marvellous, isn't it? And no GPS! Do you ever get lost? Birds never seem to.

Their nests are exquisitely fashioned - some of the best pieces of bird architecture you are likely to find.

May 13, 2011
Bird name
by: Mary

I agree, it really does look like the Eastern Phobe. They prefer living near the water, also country is where they like to be.
Hope this is true that that is what the bird is called.

May 13, 2011
not sure
by: Hayley

I am not sure what this bird is but it reminds me of an eastern-phobe. Maybe it is that bird?

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