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Wednesday, April 3, 2013

Santee's Bird of the Month for April

Wednesday, April 3, 2013

With its black tuxedo and white cummerbund, the black phoebe is a handsome species of flycatcher commonly found near the San Diego River in Santee.
We snapped a pic of this one on just beyond the lodge pole fence at the south side of Town Center Community Park.

Black phoebes always live near a water source, which provides them with ample flying insects to eat and the mud they need to construct their nests. A typical specimen is about 6.3 inches in length. The phoebe is often seen wagging and fanning  its tail. 

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