[Tweeters] Say's Phoebe in Beacon Hill yesterday

Jane Hadley hadleyj1725 at gmail.com
Fri Sep 29 14:09:44 PDT 2017

Hi Jeff - Your sighting of Say's Phoebe on Beacon Hill is worth posting
and thanks for doing so. Say's Phoebes are by no means a dime a dozen on
the west side of the Cascades!

There are a couple of places where you can easily check to see the
seasonal abundance/frequency of bird species in Washington State:

1.  eBird: Go to http://eBird.org and click on "Explore Data" and then
click on "Bar Charts."  Pick Washington State and then King County and
you will be shown a bar chart showing the frequency by month of all the
species seen in King County.

2. The annotated checklist found in A Birder's Guide to Washington,
Second Edition.  Here is what it says about Say's Phoebe west of the

"Rare but regular in spring migration west of Cascades, casual in winter."

You can view this annotated checklist at:

3. The bar graphs of seasonal abundance found also in A Birder's Guide
to Washington, Second Edition. These are based on years of record
keeping maintained by Washington Ornithological Society (WOS). These
records are currently maintained for WOS by Ryan Merrill.

You can view these bar graphs at: http://wabirdguide.org/bar-graphs/

4. Birdweb. This is a rich trove of information about the state's
species created by Seattle Audubon Society.

You can see this at: http://www.birdweb.org/Birdweb/bird/says_phoebe

You might start by clicking on the "Status" and "Find in Washington"
tabs of this page.  BirdWeb calls Say's Phoebe "rare" in March and April
in the Puget Trough and generally not present other months of the year.
Just based on my general impression, I believe Say's Phoebe has become
more common -- not common certainly but more common than in the past --
during migration.

Jane Hadley

Seattle, WA

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