Birds of North Carolina:
their Distribution and Abundance
Say's Phoebe - Sayornis saya
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General Comments The Say's Phoebe breeds over much of the Western United States and Western Canada, but it withdraws from most of the northern portions of the range during the winter. Its normal winter range is in the southwestern United States and Mexico, though strays to the Southeastern states are not overly unusual. It has been found in North Carolina on more than ten occasions, all in the eastern half of the state during fall or winter. Thankfully, records have been increasing in the past decade, though this may be due to better observer coverage.
Breeding Status Nonbreeder
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Coastal Plain Casual in fall, and lingering into the winter; nine records. One was seen near the Pony Pens at Ocracoke Island (Hyde) on 11 Oct 1991 [Chat 57:56 link]; one was present in central Carteret from 1-6 Dec 2005 [Chat 70:10 link]; one stayed at the O'Berry Center near Goldsboro (Wayne) from 9 Jan - 18 Mar 2007 [Chat 72:8-9 link], for a remarkable midwinter record; one was noted on the beach at Bald Head Island (Brunswick) on 3 Sep 2010 [Chat 75:2 link], [Chat 75:47 link]; one was seen at Alligator River NWR, 24 Nov 2012 [Chat 77:29 link]; and one was seen in Cherry (Washington) from 27 Dec 2012 - 7 Feb 2013 [Chat 77:58 link]. Two were found at well separated locations in Washington on 27 Dec 2013 [Chat 78:74 link] -- one just west of Lake Phelps, seen only on that date; and one near Beasley Road and US 64, which remained to 19 Jan 2014 and was seen and photographed by numerous people. One was seen at North River Farms (Carteret) on 28 Sep 2014.
Piedmont Accidental; two records. One was seen near Raleigh on 23 Oct 1965 [Chat 30:28 link], [Chat 54:56 link]. Another was seen near Lillington (Harnett) from 7-12 Dec 1985 [Chat 51:75-76 link], [Chat 54:56 link].
Mountains No records.
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Attribution LeGrand[2015-06-14], LeGrand[2014-08-12], LeGrand[2013-08-16]
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