Archive for March, 2016

Eastern Phoebe FOY 3/18/16


Eastern Phoebes are typically one of the first of the spring migrants to arrive back in New England. As a flycatcher they’re dependent on airborne insects, so temps have to become warm enough to wake the insect world for them to arrive. At this time of year you’ll often hear birders use the term FOY, which stands for “first of year.” You’ll usually see these small dark-headed songbirds around edges, especially wet edges, often singing their raspy scold “fee-bee,” which sounds nothing like the chickadee’s sweet whistle which is also paraphrased “fee-bee.”