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ID help, please? Moab, Utah USA

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Old Tuesday 30th June 2009, 04:51   #1
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ID help, please? Moab, Utah USA

Hi, folks.

I saw this bird (and one other) yesterday, June 28, 2009. This bird was catching the mean, biting deer flies around a stream. It looks like it has some sort of small crest. I didn't get a good look at it, so I don't know if the whole bird is this charcoal color. Does anyone know him?

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Old Tuesday 30th June 2009, 05:01   #2
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Old Tuesday 30th June 2009, 05:04   #3
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That's funny...That was my first thought, too! However, I think Mr. Phainopepla would be WAY out of his territory. This is why I am confused about what he is. :)
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Phainopepla looks good, but could Black Phoebe work as well?
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Old Tuesday 30th June 2009, 07:03   #5
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it's a phainopepla, not so much out of range. breeds in southern utah.
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I'm leaning Black Phoebe, as Matt suggested. Phainopepla would be unusual for eastern Utah, where Moab is located. EBird has records only for SW Utah. They also usually show a more pronounced crest than is seen in this photo, and a longer, more slender neck.

I agree more photos would be useful. Also did you notice any white wing patches when it flew Kate--or whether it was wagging its tail?

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My first thought was Black Phoebe. I have both Phainopeplas (Silky Flycatchers) and Phoebes on my property in SoCa and have seen them many times. I am sure it's not a Silky. Head, neck, crest and tail aren't right.
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I have some really terrible shots of Phainopeplas. When they were close, it was dusk, when the sun was out they were too far. Still I think these show the jizz.
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I am sorry there aren't any better (or more) photos. He didn't hold still for very long, and was far away. I think maybe black Phoebe may be the ticket. Thanks, guys!
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I'm leaning Black Phoebe, as Matt suggested. They also usually show a more pronounced crest than is seen in this photo, and a longer, more slender neck.
That was my thinking as well.
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Black Phoebe. Habitat and behavior fit too.
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