Has Winter Arrived Early at Oakridge?

A wise man once said…….”Just pay close attention to the birds & animals to know what the weather is going to do and how we humans should prepare”, quoted from Jack Rachal.   The Eastern Phoebe arrived in Oakridge near the first of November, possibly heralding an early winter season.

Winter has arrived with the Eastern Phoebe; Photo by B.LaVergne, 11-09-2013.
Winter has arrived with the Eastern Phoebe; Photo by B.LaVergne, 11-09-2013.

This pretty little songbird winters in our area spending it’s time ridding our woodlands and fields of pesky insects.  This fly-catcher is an amazing bird to watch, although it is a shy bird.  It’s song is nice to hear at this time of year when many of our songbirds have fled to warmer climates.

Eastern Phoebes often perch on lower branches, making short flights to capture insects and often returns to the same or nearby perch.   They have a beautiful plumage at this time of year, showing a butter-soft yellow on the abdomen, with grays, whites & brown over most of their body.   Watch & listen for them as they spread their fall/winter song of joy!   And, as always, live life outdoors!

Eastern Phoebe scoping out the area for insects from his perch on a Fleur-de-lis; Photo by B.LaVergne, 11-09-2013.
Eastern Phoebe scoping out the area for insects from his perch on a Fleur-de-lis; Photo by B.LaVergne, 11-09-2013.

One thought on “Has Winter Arrived Early at Oakridge?”

  1. We saw our first Eastern Phoebe arrive this past Sunday, Nov. 24th. Unfortunately it hit the window pane white I watched the football game. Glad to say it got up, ruffled its feathers and flew off.

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