Mate search

April 14, 2018  •  Leave a Comment


The Phoebes have been back for several days, and, in their raspy voices, they've been singing up a storm, calling out an approximation of their common name over and over. When the vocal action isn't quite enough, they've started to chase each other around the ridge, with the males making sure any potential rivals are run out of home territory. With the male-female chases, however, the tone seems different... maybe a little more light-hearted, even playful. Oh sure, the ultimate objective is mating, but this morning, there didn't seem to be any urgency to the flights. Instead, it looked like each couple was simply having fun in preparation for something a bit more serious.


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