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Culvert ledges offer phoebes more nest options

Since the 1970s, every time Illinois Department of Transportation workers have replaced a box culvert, they have added a concrete ledge for Eastern phoebes, just to increase their habitat. The sparrow-sized, fly-catching birds prefer to nest on flat surfaces such as bridges, cliffs, and yes - ledges. Culvert inspectors verify that the birds are indeed using the culvert ledges for their nests and that the nests are successful.
 
--Apr 25, 2003

Scott Marlow, (217) 782-4073 or marlowsl@dot.il.gov

Eastern phoebe
Photo by Peter Wallack
Eastern phoebe

Along Roads - Illinois
Updated: 12/12/2012
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