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Ohlone College (Google, OSM)
37.5300102, -121.9145986
Accuracy: 574m
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Description

Black Phoebe

Apr. 07, 2012 16:53:13 -0700
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I think it's a black phoebe

Posted by loarie over 2 years ago (Flag)
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hi loarie. how can you tell it's a black phoebe? i could be totally wrong.. i have other pictures of the same bird. i may have to go back and take a closer look (:

Posted by joymkim over 2 years ago (Flag)
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Black Phoebe - Photo (c) Len Blumin, some rights reserved (CC BY-NC-ND)
kueda's ID: Black Phoebe (Sayornis nigricans)

The two species can definitely look similar from a distance, but all our juncos here in the bay area have brown backs (in other parts of the country they can be all black/grey). Some degree of white streaking in the secondary wing feathers is also pretty typical of a Black Phoebe. And although this is kind of vague, the posture and position of this bird is very phoebe-ish: perched alone with a good view on potential bugs to snatch up. Juncos typically hang out in flocks and are usually seen feeding on the ground or in the canopy of a tree.

Posted by kueda over 2 years ago (Flag)
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Black Phoebe - Photo (c) Len Blumin, some rights reserved (CC BY-NC-ND)
dave-barry's ID: Black Phoebe (Sayornis nigricans)
Posted by dave-barry over 2 years ago (Flag)
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Positive Black Phoebe ! Refer to kueda's description.

Posted by dave-barry over 2 years ago (Flag)
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Black Phoebe - Photo (c) Len Blumin, some rights reserved (CC BY-NC-ND)
joymkim's ID: Black Phoebe (Sayornis nigricans)
Posted by joymkim over 2 years ago (Flag)
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kueda's description makes sense. although there were other birds of this kind around, they never traveled in groups. i feel that this was smaller than what i thought was the average size for black phoebes. but i guess that is all relative (: also, don't most black phoebes have raised hair on their crown?

Posted by joymkim over 2 years ago (Flag)
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Black Phoebe's do have a bit of a crest, or at least a peak, but it's not always visible. I always find size difficult to judge in birds. Every time I see a bird up close it always look smaller than I thought.

Posted by kueda over 2 years ago (Flag)
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Seems to have that black phoebe jizz (still amazed thats the right word). Nothing else in the Bay Area looks quite like that (black flycather generally perched out in the open).

Posted by loarie over 2 years ago (Flag)
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Dammit Scott, it's only a word if you choose to use it!

Posted by kueda over 2 years ago (Flag)
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Black Phoebe - Photo (c) Len Blumin, some rights reserved (CC BY-NC-ND)
dhobern's ID: Black Phoebe (Sayornis nigricans)
Posted by dhobern over 2 years ago (Flag)
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Black Phoebe - Photo (c) Len Blumin, some rights reserved (CC BY-NC-ND)
joymkim's ID: Black Phoebe (Sayornis nigricans)
Black Phoebe - Photo (c) Len Blumin, some rights reserved (CC BY-NC-ND)
Community ID: Black Phoebe (Sayornis nigricans)
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