Thursday, May 19, 2005

A Black Phoebe is building a nest near the site where a pair nested successfully in 2002 and again in 2003. Today a single bird was adding lining material of fine root hairs and plant fibers. The mud exterior appears to be completed. Unfortunately, there is only one bird present at this time, and also unfortunately, the overhanging sod seems likely to fall into the river, bringing the nest down with it. The nest, and the bird on it, are faintly visible in the center of the circle shown here. A common species farther south, the Black Phoebe is uncommon in northern Oregon, and this occurrence in Yamhill Co. may be the northernmost recorded nesting of the species to date.


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