Documentation of Black Phoebe

Observer Information

Reporter:  Donna Stumpp  1929 Meagan Way,   Erie, CO  80516
Other Observers:  Peter Stumpp

Species, Date, Time and Location Information

Species:  Black Phoebe
First Date/Time:  6/23/2021 1:15:00 PM
Last Date/Time:  6/23/2021 1:35:00 PM
Duration (total time in view):  20 minutes
County:  Conejos
Specific Location:  Location Not Listed
Number:  1
Age:  Unknown
Sex:  Unknown
Plumage:  Breeding


It perched on several structures low and close to the river. On the north side there was a bush and a fallen small tree it perched on, and on the south side it flew onto the low branches of a live tree that were maybe 15" above the water level. All of these structures were within 50' of the bridge.

Viewing Conditions

Optics:  Canon 5D Mark iii with Tamron 150-600 lens
Distance:  100'
Light:  Overcast

Description of the Bird

I was the finder of the bird. No calls were given. The bird was quite active, only perching briefly between trips flying out and catching insects and then perchign again. It perched on several different structures that were all low and at the river edge. All were within 50' of the bridge.

Similar Species Discussion

Eastern Phoebe but the black head, throat and vest indicated Black Phoebe.

Resources Used

We'd just seen and ID'd the Black Phoebe on the Del Norte Riverwalk two days earlier, so I used that experience and the Sibley app on my iPhone.

Previous Experience

I have seen a Black Phoebe a couple times before in Pueblo, and the one I saw two days prior on the Del Norte Riverwalk.


Review of photos

Materials Available

Photographer: Donna Stumpp

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Date Documentation Submitted

6/26/2021 5:41:00 PM
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