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Say's Phoebe, Sayornis saya

The juniper woodland is used by the Say's phoebe.Migration of the Say's Phoebe

The Say's phoebe moves up through California West of the Sierra Nevada Range in September to Around Shasta County. In February the Population moves away from the coast and central valley.

Diet of the Say's Phoebe

The Say's Phoebe Hawks insects from low perches such as shrubs or fence posts. They occasionally will eat elderberries.

Range of the Say's Phoebe

The Say's Phoebe spends its summer east of the Sierra and Cascade ranges, in the Mojave desert, and along the cost ranges from the bay area south. Some move north from the southern areas filling most of California west of the Sierras in winter.

Niche filled by Say's Phoebe

Unlike many other flycatchers that utilize moist environments the Say's Phoebe uses dry arid landscapes. They are often seen around farm houses or Agricultural buildings. These structures provide excellent vantage points for insect hunting in the vast open landscapes they inhabit.

The Say's phoebe likes shadscale scrubHow to attract the Say's Phoebe to your garden

Insectivores are more difficult to attract then herbivores. There are no specific plants they eat but rather many insect varieties.

Habitat/plant community used by the Say's Phoebe

The Say's Phoebe uses open dry environments in California

Click on these plant community links to learn more about specific plant material and climates.

Shadscale scrub

Phobe likes rocks to perch onCreosote bush scrub

Great Basin Sage brush

Northern coastal scrub

Coastal sage scrub

Sagebrush scrub

Alkali sink

Pinyon-juniper woodland

California Valley Grassland

Yellow pine forest



Joshua tree woodland

Nesting Habitat used by the Say's Phoebe

The Say's Phoebe nests in protected areas on a shelf, cliff, or man-made structure.

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