She will make the final decision and will construct the nest herself (Cornell Ornithological Lab). This mud nest is placed on a cliff, bridge, or building. Reflection #54, Aphorisms and Reflections, selected by Henrietta A. Huxley, Macmillan, 1907. The Black phoebe uses the abundance of insects near water. A typical clutch is 2-6 eggs. Chris indicated that this location has had an active Phoebe nest site for at least 9 years. necessitated by today's sadly litigious world. During the first few days, food may be regurgitated. a citation for the author. Occasionally snatches food from the water's surface, ground, or vegetation; also eats small fish caught at the water's surface. It has very white belly; and the surface under the tail and wings is also white. //