Eastern phoebe in the bayberry bush by the pond.
I’m happy to see this summer bird is still around.
Cornell Lab of Ornithology: Eastern Phoebe Migration
Short to medium distance migrant. Eastern Phoebes are among the first migrants to return to their breeding grounds in spring—sometimes as early as March. They migrate south in September–November, finding wintering habitat in the central latitudes of the United States south to Mexico.
Phoebe on the garden fence.
Cornell Lab cool phoebe facts…
In 1804, the Eastern Phoebe became the first banded bird in North America. John James Audubon attached silvered thread to an Eastern Phoebe’s leg to track its return in successive years.