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Welcome to Whatbird, gajeepn!  I agree that those are Eastern Phoebes, and I too am I'm surprised to learn that they'll eat bread.  It's very possible that bread isn't good for them.  I doubt that much is known about this.

Where are you (at least state or province)?  Knowing the location is often helpful in identifying the bird, so there's a rule here that people have to give the date and the location, maybe roughly, for every ID request.

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36 minutes ago, Jerry Friedman said:

Welcome to Whatbird, gajeepn!  I agree that those are Eastern Phoebes, and I too am I'm surprised to learn that they'll eat bread.  It's very possible that bread isn't good for them.  I doubt that much is known about this.

Where are you (at least state or province)?  Knowing the location is often helpful in identifying the bird, so there's a rule here that people have to give the date and the location, maybe roughly, for every ID request.

I went and filled in my profile information. I am from Georgia USA. I will have to buy some birdseed now if there is any doubt whatsoever about bread not being good for them.

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2 minutes ago, Caley Thomas 2.0 said:

If anything, I would suggest getting some dried mealworms for them if you can find them, since it would be the closest I could imagine to their normal eating habits...welcome to whatbird!

Thanks. I am glad to be here. Yes I just read up on the birds and saw that birdseed is probably a waste of time. Since I am in the deep south there is no shortage of bugs and such for them to feed on so I will not worry too much about that. 

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1 hour ago, gajeepn said:

Thanks. I am glad to be here. Yes I just read up on the birds and saw that birdseed is probably a waste of time. Since I am in the deep south there is no shortage of bugs and such for them to feed on so I will not worry too much about that. 

@gajeepn, welcome to Whatbird.  We have other members from the Peach State.

I'm in SC.  Don't worry about them not getting enough to eat.  Eastern Phoebe do quite well catching bugs in the south in winter.  Watch them for a while and you can see them take off, catch something, and return to the same area.

If you do want to feed them, I'd go with dried mealworms as @Caley Thomas 2.0 suggested.  You can find them at Walmart, Lowes, Home Depot, Tractor Supply, etc.  You might also try peanut suet balls.  Respectfully, I'm with the others and suggest you don't feed bread to phoebes (or any other birds, for that matter).  Bread lacks the proteins and fats birds need.

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