Except it ain’t.
As our dear Not-Caro continued to grow and develop feathers, and as her beak began to fully shape, it dawned on me that she had a flycatcher beak and the feathers were the wrong color for a Carolina wren. I knew this wasn’t an Eastern kingbird or a great crested flycatcher, which left only one possibility among the flycatcher species that’re fairly common in Georgia. Did some quick research, and sure enough, our little nestling is an Eastern phoebe. I’m quite fond of them, although I rarely see them in rehab (perhaps that’s WHY I’m fond of them; it seems to me that we rehabbers tend to be fonder of the species we don’t see often).
And what species might that be? While *I* obviously know for sure on this one, I’m gonna let *you* guess. List your guesses in the comments below, and those who get it right will receive…a great big attagirl or attaboy from me! (What? You were expecting a prize? Now you know how I feel when I pick up a critter that will be my responsibility for the next month or more and all I get in terms of “child” support is “Thank you so much!”)