Daily Archives: November 8, 2016

Eastern Phoebe 11-8-16

I found an Eastern Phoebe at the eastern terminus of Seeley Avenue adjacent to the abandoned ag fields on 11-8-16.  It posed nicely for me, but I didn’t have my camera with me.  I returned a few minutes later and could not find the bird.  About 11a.m. I did a search and after covering most of the east end of town found the phoebe at the east end of Holtville Avenue.  I got some not-so-good shots.  On the 12th and 13th I re-found the phoebe and got a few almost decent shots.  I discarded all but one of the pics from the 8th. In 2015 I found an Eastern Phoebe on November 21 in disturbed habitat adjacent to the abandoned ag fields near where this bird was found.

Eastern Phoebe 11-8-16

Eastern Phoebe 11-8-16

Eastern Phoebe 11-13-16

Eastern Phoebe 11-13-16

Eastern Phoebe 11-13-16

Eastern Phoebe 11-13-16

Eastern Phoebe 11-13-16

Eastern Phoebe 11-13-16

As the name implies, the Eastern Phoebe is an eastern bird,  usually found from Texas east to the Atlantic and north to Manitoba and the Yukon. This is the third Eastern Phoebe that I’ve seen in Jacumba. The locally common Black Phoebe (aka the Tuxedo Bird), a close relative, is a well known and  common year-round species in the far west .

On the 13th Trent Stanley & I drove out to the Salton Sea.  We managed to find one or two Vermilion Flycatchers at Fig Lagoon, and several Burrowing Owls (aka Potato Birds) along the irrigation canals south of the Sea.

Burrowing Owl, aka "Potato Bird"

Burrowing Owl, aka “Potato Bird”

Burrowing Owl, aka "Potato Bird"

Burrowing Owl, aka “Potato Bird”

Red-naped sapsucker 11-11-16

Red-naped sapsucker 11-11-16 at the swamp in Jacumba

Note the wells that have been excavated into the tree trunk.  Typical of sapsuckers.

The Salteen Sea 11-12-16

The Salteen Sea 11-12-16