Thursday, August 14, 2014

Say’s Phoebe

Back at the parking lot at the Chisos Basin visitor center at Big Bend National Park last February, we found a Say’s Phoebe. This flycatcher is found across western North America, from central Mexico to the Arctic. In the winter, migrants overlap with southern resident birds. They build their nests on rocky ledges and human buildings. In South Dakota, they often nest in abandoned barns and farm houses. Unlike Eastern Phoebes, Say’s Phoebes rarely add mud to their moss and grass nests. These birds are insectivorous, preferring wasps and bees, but also taking a variety of other flying arthropods.

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