- How likely is this?
This afternoon after I got out of a board meeting, I noticed first, the
calls of a Northern Mockingbird from behind me. I located him, sitting
atop a large shrub in the yard behind the house which used to be the
church parsonage. (First Baptist Church - corner of Pine and Franklin
Streets in Fort Bragg).
Then movement caught my eye across the street. A jay-sized black and
white bird was sitting on a wire above a yard. I watched him because he
sort of reminded me of a Black Phoebe, except #1, he was much larger
than a Black Phoebe, and #2, he didn't have black extending all the way
down to the breast. His breast was white with a grayish tinge, and I
couldn't tell if that was shadow or not. His tail was longer when
compared to a Black Phoebe, too. He had a solid black head and a dark
back and tail, with white on the outer edges of the tail and a white
terminal band at the tip. He flew like a flycather, acted like a
flycatcher, but his coloration and size were unlike any of our
kingbirds, phoebes or tyrant flycatchers of other species - there was
not one speck of yellow on this bird, the head was solid black. When I
got a chance to look him up, the ONLY bird that came even CLOSE was an
Eastern Kingbird. *sigh* How likely IS that?
LOCATION: 500 block of North Franklin Street, two houses down from Dr.
Lambeth/Kremen's dental office, and two houses up from the insurance
office. It was on a wire behind the house and sighted around 4:00 PM.
Thanks for any help - if you see this bird, please let me know what YOU
think it is?
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