I saw a Say’s Phoebe (Sayornis saya) this morning. Two of them investigated my carport pretty thoroughly last year but nested elsewhere. They like to nest under bridges, under eaves, and such. They get liquid from the insects they eat and don’t need an open water source.
Which is why I am glad to see them again this year. Flycatchers are nonstop little bug eaters that turn bugs into little plops of fertilizer which they generously leave for my garden.
I am glad to have them on task, more free (to me) labor. Watching their acrobatics when they take an insect straight out of the air is one of my garden chores (supervising).
I don’t use pesticides for obvious reasons like they are toxic to me and the circle of life that supports my own life. Say’s Phoebe is a part of that circle that controls insect pests naturally by making the pests dinner and ensuring my dinner. This part of the circular economy is delightful to watch in action.