Say's Phoebe, Sayornis saya
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.
How 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
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Creosote bush scrub
Great Basin Sage brush
Northern coastal scrub
Coastal sage scrub
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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