Eastern Phoebes are welcome guests in any location. These dark brown and white flycatchers are great to have around for insect control and their “phee-bee” call is often an early harbinger of spring. From Maine through Kentucky, this active bird is in decline, so providing a nesting box would be a helpful addition to your backyard. Their nesting season can start as early as late March or early April, so time to get the box up ahead of breeding season so the pair can check it out before they get serious. And don’t forget to add a predator guard.