Documentation of Black Phoebe

Observer Information

Reporter:  Brandon K. Percival  835 S. Harmony Dr.,   PUEBLO WEST, CO  81007-2632
Other Observers:  Seen with Lisa Edwards. Mark Peterson found this bird on April 4th.

Species, Date, Time and Location Information

Species:  Black Phoebe
First Date/Time:  4/9/2015 5:43:00 PM
Last Date/Time:  4/9/2015 5:45:00 PM
Duration (total time in view):  3 mintues
County:  Huerfano
Specific Location:  Walsenburg
Number:  1
Age:  Adult
Sex:  Unknown
Plumage:  Breeding


along creek, below a bridge

Viewing Conditions

Optics:  8 x 42 Leica binoculars and Nikon Camera
Distance:  30 meters
Light:  Overcast

Description of the Bird

Lisa Edwards and I went to a bridge in Walsenburg, where Mark Peterson had found a Black Phoebe a few days before.  We heard the bird calling first, and then saw a flycatcher, with black head, throat, and chest, and clear white belly and under tail, and black bill.  See photo.  This seems to be on the review list for Huerfano County.  Other people have seen this species in the County before, though I guess they didn't document those sightings, so this might be a new species for this county.

Similar Species Discussion

Eastern Phoebe - doesn't have black head, throat, and chest.
Slate-colored Junco - has pink bill, not black, and is smaller.

Resources Used


Previous Experience

Seen many of these in CO around Pueblo mostly, also Fremont County, and other places.  This is my first for Huerfano County.


Notes made AFTER observation

Materials Available

Photographer: Brandon K. Percival

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Date Documentation Submitted

4/10/2015 3:59:00 AM
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