|So how much is it worth in the bush?|
(Fledgling Eastern Phoebe) Photo by Eric Fletcher
As usual when this happens, I slowly approach and ever so gently capture the bird in my hands, then release it. This image shows the relaxed bird ready to take flight -- however, it actually didn't want to leave the warmth of my hand, and I lifted it onto my bird feeder. Then it flew off, seemingly totally unharmed after its experience.
What bird is it? After consulting page 323 & following, of the Sibley Guide to Birds (David Allen Sibley's most excellent book) I thought I had a juvenile (June-October) Eastern Wood-Pewee in my hand.
But my friend, noted bird expert Tony Beck put me right... It's an Eastern Phoebe, a fledgling. See my next blog entry for Tony's details.