Documentation of Eastern Phoebe

Observer Information

Reporter:  Chris MacDonald  49 Fawn Lake Rd,   Durango, CO  81301
Other Observers:  Emily MacDonald

Species, Date, Time and Location Information

Species:  Eastern Phoebe
First Date/Time:  5/4/2023 6:30:00 PM
Last Date/Time:  5/4/2023 6:35:00 PM
Duration (total time in view):  five minutes
County:  La Plata
Specific Location:  Durango
Number:  1
Age:  Adult
Sex:  Unknown
Plumage:  Other/Unknown



Viewing Conditions

Optics:  Binoculars
Distance:  15-20 ft
Light:  Early evening with even lighting

Description of the Bird

Originally reported on April 28 and May 3 by Lauren Avery.  We relocated the bird on May 4 in the same general area as Lauren Avery.  Phoebe with dark face, dark tail, slightly notched/forked tail, white throat and flanks, weak wingbars.  Back lighter color than head and tail.  Tail wagged downward.  Heard call.  Photos and audio recording attached.

Similar Species Discussion

Black Phoebe was eliminated due to the bird having a while colored throut, lighter colored breast, and head was not as extensively dark as Black Phoebe.

Resources Used

Used various field guides.  Compared audio recordings and photos from Cornell's MacCaulay library.  Consulted with a local birder (Ryan Votta) who is familiar with the scpecies.

Previous Experience

 This is our first sighting of an Eastern Phoebe.  Regularly see Black Phoebes in the area during spring, summer, and fall.


Notes made DURING observation

Materials Available

Photographer: Emily MacDonald

Photos | Audio |


Date Documentation Submitted

5/5/2023 1:02:00 AM
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