Say's Phoebe (Sayornis saya)

Status in the Checklist Area - Rare

A large member of the flycatcher family, Say's Phoebes prefer open areas such as fields and can often be spotted on conspicous perches as they watch for their main prey of insects. Wintering in the most southern parts of the southern States and Mexico, this species is encountered during migration especially during the spring. They spend their summer in open areas in the interior north into the Yukon and Alaska.

Earliest record: March 14, 2007 (Hope Airport)
Latest record: September 18, 2013 (Harrison Lagoon)

Similar species:
Say's Phoebe can look and act surprisingly similiar to a female Mountain Bluebird especially at a bit of a distance.

Best viewing locations:
The Hope Airport seems to be the most reliable place to see this species followed by Harrison Lagoon.

Ehrlich, Dobkin and Wheye, (1988)

Noteworthy Data
September 18, 2013 Harrison Lagoon C. McDonald 2013i Two individuals photographed. Latest record and second fall record for checklist area.
April 8, 2013 Hope Airport

M. Force 2013a
T. Plath

Seen also on April 9, 2013 (M. Force & T. Plath)
May 1, 2011 Highway 1 near Herrling Island C. McDonald 2011h Lone bird flycatching off the highway barrier. Latest spring record.
April 27, 2011 Silverdale Wetlands, Mission Len Jellicoe 2011a Photographed.
April 23, 2010 Manning Park B. & J. King 2010 Spotted near the East Gate. Photographed.
April 15, 2010 Harrison Lake K. R. Jones 2010h Feeding near the lagoon.
March 19, 2010 Cheam Lake Wetlands G. Gadsden 2010h,
G. Kalyn
Feeding in picnic area.
March 31, 2009 Agassiz M. & K. R. Jones 2009 Spent part of the day in a backyard.
March 26, 2009 Harrison Mills B. Schmor 2009 Perched on the roof of a house.
April 2, 2008 Hope Airport T. Manson 2008 Last seen April 11, 2009 .
March 15, 2007 Great Blue Heron Nature Reserve, Chilliwack B. & J. Clayton 2007a Photographed.
March 14, 2007 Hope Airport T. Manson 2007 Remained until March 17, 2007. Earliest record.
Sept 1, 2006 Cheam Ridge, Chilliwack S. Olson 2006 Two in alpine habitat. Firs fall record in checklist area.
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