By Jill Henderson – Show Me Oz –
Excerpted in part from my book,
A Journey of Seasons
Along with the more obvious firsts of the year, I am always glad to welcome the return of our nesting pair of Eastern Phoebes (Sayornis phoebe), also known as common flycatchers. These little brownish grey birds are easy to overlook until they begin building their mud and grass nests on porch lights, windowsills and other protrusions beneath the eaves of houses, garages, barns and other structures. I’ve always loved having phoebe’s around to eat bugs and cheer me up, but cleaning the mess they create while building their nests can sometimes be a drag. If you’ve had the same experience, I’ve got a sweet solution to keeping both you and your flycatchers happy.