Thursday, May 8, 2014

Eastern Phoebe, in formative plumage

I have seen this Eastern Phoebe several times in the Florence River Park, which is adjacent to the Arkansas River about 15 miles east of Canon City in the small town of Florence.
I noted that this bird is in formative plumage--also called "First Basic" or "Basic I" (in this case a first spring bird)--because it has quite pointed rectices (tail feathers) that are clearly seen in the bottom pic. From Birds of North America online: "Retained juvenal primary coverts, primaries, and rectrices also usually browner (more faded), narrower, and more pointed, especially with wear in spring." SeEtta