CLOSED: ID - maybe a phoebe or similar

Oxford, NS(Zone 5b)

I saw this bird (the one on the left) in the tree with papa bluebird this afternoon.

They eyed each other somewhat warily. I thought at first it was the phoebe who has built a nest by my door, but this bird's color is much darker than the phoebe, and the breast is more starkly white. The phoebe is more brownish and buff in comparison. I thought it might be the male but my book doesn't seem to discern between the phoebe genders in that way.

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Oxford, NS(Zone 5b)

Here he is by himself.

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Oxford, NS(Zone 5b)

And one more.

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Oxford, NS(Zone 5b)

One other note - it doesn't wag its tail like the female nest-building phoebe does!

Northumberland, United Kingdom(Zone 9a)

Eastern Kingbird

Resin

Oxford, NS(Zone 5b)

Super! Thanks Resin - that's another new one for me.

Whiteside County, IL(Zone 5a)

That's cool, my Mom just saw one yesterday too!

Oxford, NS(Zone 5b)

I like it - it's a fairly distinctive bird now that I know what it is, especially by those white tail feather tips. I will know it when I see it again now. I like that "feature" about a bird - being able to recognize it again!
Claire

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