The phainopepla is a impressive black bird of the chaparral and it can be found in the East Bay Area during springtime.
While walking a trail that passes at the base of Cresta Blanca, I observed a bird that, at first glance, I thought was a black phoebe. However, the bird’s call made me think again.
I waited and watched until the bird perched in an oak only 30 feet from where I stood. I realized that it was a phainopepla, a migrant that I have seen only a few times before, always in springtime.
The bird was calling continuously and soon I realized that there was actually a pair of them. I decided to make a video/audio recording with my Iphone.
Here’s the recording.