first reported (found) by photographer Lori Bollendock and posted on a Facebook page, but hadn't been picked up on birding lists. I located and reported it, and it was seen by many local birders
Species, Date, Time and Location Information
7/14/2015 10:00:00 AM
7/24/2015 7:30:00 AM
Duration (total time in view):
riparian zone along the S Platte
Description of the Bird
A flycatcher, nearly all black with a white belly through the vent, slight tail pumping. I recall some call notes, but don't have that written down or in my eBird checklist.
The bird appeared paired with an eastern phoebe. Others also reported the birds together and possibly visiting a nest site in a concrete water control structure. You can't see the possible nesting area without being in the river due to fencing. Both times I saw the Black phoebe, the eastern was right there with it. The eastern sang several times (I had recorded the song), so potentially the black was a female. Uncertain though.
Similar Species Discussion
Nothing very similar to a black phoebe. It's quite a distinct bird.
I have seen black phoebes in other states and didn't use any resources to ID the bird. It's distinct and unlikely to be confused with other species.
I've seen then on 19 other occasions (not including the 2 from this report). i saw my lifer in south TX in 2008, have seen them in California numerous places, in SE Arizona, and once in Chiapas Mexico. My use of eBird made this compilation too easy (and fun!).
Notes made AFTER observation
Date Documentation Submitted
10/17/2016 1:11:00 PM
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