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Old Jan 25, 2004, 4:53 PM   #1
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Hi all,

This is my first photo post to the forum. Thank-YOU to all the help from the guys and gals in the Newbie Group! I hope I did it ok.



I'm curious. Does anyone know what the name of this bird might be? This bird can be found midmorning or around sunset in the yard. Seems to prefer insects to seed and has very distinct tweet.

Wow, I guess all those traits are pretty vague. Sorry. Hope the info helps, lol. :lol:

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Old Jan 25, 2004, 6:20 PM   #2
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Looks like a Black Phoebe (flycatcher family)
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Old Jan 25, 2004, 7:11 PM   #3
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I don't have my birdbook here, but I could believe a Black Phoebe.

Another important trait (that you almost caught) is how the tail is held when it sits. How long is it, is it held up or down?

Nice picture, btw. Could be a bit sharper, but it's a nice pose and a good angle (some prefer the "straight on the side", but I usually prefer the "slightly below" shots for the smaller birds. Maybe it's because I don't often see them that way? Don't know.)

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Old Jan 25, 2004, 10:44 PM   #4
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Thank-you ohenry and Eric for the bird identification. I have been wondering what type of bird and looked in my old bird book--but with no luck.

Now, I know the name of the bird that likes to dive bomb my dog in the twlight hours! Very brazen and darling bird.

I wish the photo were sharper too. But, as luck would have it, I had to zoom in on the bird to get the shot. With the digital zoom(?), I lost some sharpness.

I, too, like taking different angles of birds. Of course, that's if they hold still. Lol.

Again, thanks for the info and encouragement!

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Old Jan 27, 2004, 7:03 PM   #5
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A question, Darby: does the bird just "tweet" or is it a two-noter? The phoebes we get around here during the summertime have a song that, with a little imagination, sounds like "feeeeee-beeeee" with the second note being lower. They can go on like this for hours, leading me to secret thoughts of murder.
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Old Jan 27, 2004, 8:28 PM   #6
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Barbara,

Don't ya just love their little tweet? Lol. I just hear one tweet and then a pause and a small after tweet. Make sense? Around here, the Phoebe (yahoo, to finally know the name, thanks guys) tweets when it bops it's tail up and down.

My dog will run outside and check the fences and make sure the dive bomber isn't ready to get her. Very funny. :-)

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Old Jan 28, 2004, 11:06 AM   #7
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Obviously bird terrorists. You might think about reporting them to the government.
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Old Jan 28, 2004, 1:18 PM   #8
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I'm laughing at the "bird terrorists" remark. Lol. Yes, the FBI should take note of these new winged predators. They need a "Most Wanted: Fried or Alive" Bulletin Posted. :-)

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Old Feb 7, 2004, 12:33 PM   #9
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You guys are too funny! :lol: A very nice shot of the little phoebe
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