A Black Phoebe is a flycatcher found in Mexico, the southwest and California in the United States. They can be found in water areas. They catch and eat flying insects from the perch. While perching, they are usually fanning and bobbing their tails. Here is a Black Phoebe I saw recently at a duck pond.


Killdeer are wading plovers, common in water areas throughout North America and also around open areas with water like sandbars, mudflats, and grazed fields. They are shy and known to run away quickly, eventually flying away, they will also do this to distract predators from their nesting sights, calling loudly before running away. Killdeer feed on… Read More SOME PLOVERS


Northern Pintails have distinct blue-gray bills, a brown head, and white necks. The male has very long tail feathers and the female body is mottled brown. Northern Pintails eat mostly aquatic plants, the females will also eat insects before nesting. Here is one in northern Arizona. They seem to be in my area during late… Read More NORTHERN PINTAIL


American Coots are water birds in an order of their own. They have a distinct white bill, red eyes, and greenish lobed feet. Like ducks, they can dabble the water surface for food like tadpoles or small fish. Also they can dive below the water for plant vegetation. They can be found in large flocks… Read More NOT DUCKS