Phoebe, Say’s

Say's PhoebeLatin name: Sayornis saya

Length, wingspan: 7.5″, 13″

What they eat: Insects

Habitat: Open areas

Where they nest: Buildings, ledges

My observations: While these little guys aren’t exactly flashy, I like seeing them in my garden because they make a living catching both flying and ground-dwelling insects. A gardener can always use help in that regard, right? Smaller than a robin but larger than a finch, these fly-catchers have buff-colored tummies, with the rest of their feathers being gray. We have seen Say’s Phoebes during the spring and summer months only.

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