Yes, they'll do that after making a few home improvements...adding a little material!
Lucky you! Phoebes haven't nested at my house this year, although they are in the yard everyday!
----- Original Message -----
From: "Janet Watton" <musbird...>
To: "Vermont Birds" <VTBIRD...>
Sent: Friday, July 24, 2020 5:38:28 PM
Subject: [VTBIRD] Phoebe nest
Last year a Phoebe family raised a brood on the upside down seat of my overturned canoe over the rafters of my barn overhang. I thought that was really creative. But they are doing it again now! I didn’t know they would reuse an old nest from another year. Is this common?