I saw my first migratory Eastern Phoebe of 2021 this morning at Idlewild Park in my home borough of Queens. My birding buddy Meryl actually spotted it first and she might have been mildly taken aback by the enthusiasm I showed for my first phoebe of the year. The bird was relatively distant but I did manage to poorly digiscope a few shots, the best of which is above.
For me, it is now officially spring! Over the last ten years my average first phoebe has been the 20th of March, meaning that this year’s bird was seven days earlier than average but only two days earlier than last year’s, which, if I continue my trend from 2019 means that next year I should find my first phoebe on 11 March.
As I have for years now, I will now ask the same question of midwesterners and northeasterners that I ask every year: When did you see your first Eastern Phoebe of 2021? And was it late or early?
2021 – 13 March
2020 – 15 March
2019 – 17 March
2018 – 30 March
2017 – 12 March
2016 – 18 March
2015 – 28 March
2014 – 29 March
2013 – 24 March
2012 – 15 March
Thanks — I was waiting for this! I always like to see your posting about the first phoebe. I haven’t seen one yet, or heard one, but they have been nesting in the same place above my living room window for the last five years, so I hope I will see her again, there, soon.
in Arlington,Va. I saw one yesterday(March 13)