Three Beaks Are Better Than None?

Phoebe (or one of her offspring?) returned again this year to nest in our pool grotto.

This is an annual tradition.

(If you are a new-ish reader – Phoebe is a Black Phoebe who nests in our pool grotto every single year.)

I haven’t been keeping an eye on the nest as closely as I usually do.

(Don’t you hate it when Real Life interferes with Things We Like To Do?)

Her eggs must have JUST hatched, though, because there’s a messy mass of feathers and fluff visible now.

Black Phoebe Hatched © SHaggerty 2013 W-1

If I didn’t know what I was looking at, I’m not sure I would even be able to tell there are birds in the above photo.

I spot three beaks.

It’s possible there’s a fourth that isn’t visible.

Can you spot all three beaks?

(Hint:  They’ve got some yellow on them.)

6 Responses to “Three Beaks Are Better Than None?”

  1. Jan's Sushai Bar

    I can spot one for sure, but that’s it. You’ve sharper eyes than me!

    I love the way birds come back to nest at the same spot every year. Mama Goose is back at her nest at the base of the utility pole in our office parking lot. Seems like an odd place for a nest, especially since it’s so far away from the park with the pond where she’ll lead her goslings once they’ve hatched, but she must like it there. It’s like the fourth year she’s nested in that same spot.

    • Suzanne

      I love hearing about your Goose every year!
      I don’t know that my eyes are sharper, but I have seen baby Phoebes for so many years now … I’ve gotten pretty good at sorting out the mass of fluff in the nest!
      : )

  2. Erica

    I see two pointy things at the top and one on the right. They might be beaks.

  3. Erica

    Not your fault, sort of, maybe… but I’m going to have unpleasant, intermittent thoughts about three headed birds for a while.

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