Say's Phoebe, Sayornia saya


Say's Phoebe
Say's Phoebes winter in central California, and are usually found in open grassy fields, where they often flycatch from
low perches, as shown above and in the four next below.

Say's Phoebe

Say's Phoebe

Say's Phoebe

Say's Phoebe
A Say's Phoebe perched on a stalk in a brown grassy field in the California fall.

Say's Phoebe
Among my favorite pictures of this species, the one above and the two below were taken of Say's Phoebes in a very different habitat from their usual grassland--a narrow rocky beach at Point Pinos, where the Pacific Ocean crashes into the westernmost tip of the Monterey Peninsula.


Say's Phoebe


Say's Phoebe


Say's Phoebe
A Say's Phoebe in flight.

Say's Phoebe
A Say's Phoebe pair established this nest in the Spring of 2009 right above the door to the outdoor restroom at Procter Road in lower Madera Canyon, Arizona, a busy site that attracts many hikers, picnickers, and especially birders. Despite all the attention the nest attracted, the three nestlings all seemed to be flourishing at the time I took this picture; I hope they all made it safely to fledging.