Daily Archives: November 21, 2015

Eastern Phoebe 11-21-15

Eastern Phoebe 11-21-15 (Trent Stanley photo)

Eastern Phoebe 11-21-15 (Trent Stanley photo)

Today Trent Stanley and I were birding along the railroad tracks east of Jacumba when we came across this Eastern Phoebe.  This is a true vagrant bird.  They are common in the east but are seen only once or twice per year in San Diego County. Below is a local species, the Black Phoebe, for comparison.  They are closely related.

 

Black Phoebe (Eric Kallen Photo)

Black Phoebe 2007 – the “tuxedo bird”
(Eric Kallen Photo)

Eastern Phoebe 11-21-15 (Trent Stanley photo)

Eastern Phoebe 11-21-15 (Trent Stanley photo)

Eastern Phoebe 11-21-15 (Trent Stanley photo)

Eastern Phoebe 11-21-15 (Trent Stanley photo)

Eastern Phoebe 11-21-15 (Trent Stanley photo)

Eastern Phoebe 11-21-15 (Trent Stanley photo)

Phoebes are flycatchers who sit out in the open on branches of shrubs or trees and hawk for bugs. Besides the common Black Phoebe and the vagrant Eastern Phoebe, we often see another relative, Say’s Phoebe.

Also seen recently……

Ladder-backed Woodpecker 11-20-15

Ladder-backed Woodpecker 11-20-15

Vesper Sparrow 11-20-15

Vesper Sparrow 11-20-15

Chipping Sparrow 11-20-15

Chipping Sparrow 11-20-15