Eastern Phoebe Sayornis phoebe (Latham, 1790)  Synonyms: EAPH, Pewee.
Kingdom Animalia   >   Phylum Chordata   >   Class Aves   >   Order Passeriformes   >   Family Tyrannidae   >   Genus Sayornis   

Status:

Common migrant and breeding species throughout the state. Eastern Phoebe is certainly our region's most familiar flycatcher, nesting on bridges, barns, and even porch awnings almost anywhere wooded and near water. The species winters farther north than any of our other flycatchers (even sometimes successfully over-wintering in Maryland). This certainly contributes to their being our first flycatchers to return in the spring (early March). No other flycatcher is expected until April in Maryland. In fact, any suspected Eastern Wood-Pewee or Empidonax flycatcher (e.g., Acadian, Least) before April 25th should be thoroughly documented. Flycatchers are remarkably consistent in their arrival dates and even subtle changes in early dates are meaningful to science (e.g., monitoring signs of climate change).

Where to find:

Very common along the C&O Canal.

Relationships:

Feeds on a wide variety of invertebrates, especially flying insects. Supplements diet with fruit and seeds.

There are 318 records in the project database.

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A migrant Eastern Phoebe in Allegany Co., Maryland (9/30/2007). Photo by Bill Hubick. (MBP list)

An Eastern Phoebe in Howard Co., Maryland (5/7/2015). Photo by Howard Patterson. (MBP list)

An Eastern Phoebe in Montgomery Co., Maryland (6/19/2016). Photo by Ashley Bradford. (MBP list)

Eastern Phoebe in Prince George's Co., Maryland (4/21/2017). Photo by Emily Carter Mitchell. (MBP list)

An Eastern Phoebe in Howard Co., Maryland (7/15/2015). Photo by Bonnie Ott. (MBP list)

An Eastern Phoebe in St. Mary's Co., Maryland (10/23/2016). Photo by Jim Stasz. (MBP list)

An Eastern Phoebe in Howard Co., Maryland (3/16/2016). Photo by Clayton G. Koonce. (MBP list)

An Eastern Phoebe in flight in Howard Co., Maryland (3/26/2014). Photo by Bonnie Ott. (MBP list)

Eastern Phoebe nest with young in Calvert Co., Maryland (5/16/2014). Photo by Bill Hubick. (MBP list)

Eastern Phoebe nest with eggs in Harford Co., Maryland (4/23/2017). Photo by Josh Emm. (MBP list)

An Eastern Phoebe with prey in Calvert Co., Maryland (6/29/2018). Photo by Ben Springer. (MBP list)


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