[CT Birds] Stamford, Cove Island Wildlife Sanctuary-Black Phoebe?????
alexanderburdo at mac.com
Fri Sep 25 16:39:32 EDT 2009
While waiting for the Sora to peak its head out I noticed a phoebe-
like bird sitting on a branch of a small tree. I got terrific looks
with my binoculars but when I moved in closer to take a photo the book
took to the wing towards the parking lot. Attempts to relocate it were
This bird was black with a white belly. The throat was all black. It
had somewhat of a crest. It raised its tail very high when it did the
phoebe tail motion.
-I ruled out Eastern Kingbird-no white throat or tail tip
-I ruled out Eastern Phoebe-no yellow belly or white throat, also the
bird I saw was black
-I ruled out all the Empids-No defined wing bars, not small enough-the
bird I saw just didn't look like an empid
I searched through my field guide for anything that could come close
but found nothing outside of flycatchers.
After looking at some images of Black Phoebes on the internet I found
that some looked exactly like the bird I saw.
There were Eastern Phoebes present as well but this bird was
definitely different. I have seen Eastern Phoebes way more times than
I can count. This bird was different from any Eastern I have ever seen.
Has Black Phoebe ever been seen in CT???? Is this even possible or am
I going insane?
Any help would be much appreciated.
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