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Peculiar Habits of a Black Phoebe

Ernest Adams
Publication Information
Journal: 
Condor
Volume: 
5
Issue: 
1 (January-February)
Section: 
From Field and Study
Year: 
1903
Pages: 
19

Peculiar Habits of a Black Phoebe.

For six years or more, I am told, a phoebe (Sayornis n. semiatra) has lived alone at this place and roosted, summer and winter on a branch of a rosebush under a porch. This year from January to June it could be found any night on its perch and seemed no wise disturbed by my frequent visits. In June the rosebush was torn down and for three weeks I could find no trace of the bird. Then it reappeared, alone, and ever since has divided its time between the house and barn. Why has it remained so long unmated? In former years they nested here regularly but the nearest nest this summer was over a mile from here.

ERNEST ADAMS

Clipper Gap, Cal.

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