English and Scientific names:

Say's Phoebe, Sayornis saya


Number of individuals: 

One, Adult


Locality: LOUISIANA: 



Specific Locality:

East side of Sham's Road approximately 1/4 mile north of its intersection with Gladu Road and about one mile west of LA 35.


Date(s) when observed:

11 November 2009


Time(s) of day when observed:  

Approximately 2:00 PM.



Reporting observer and address:

Jay V. Huner

Boyce, LA


Other observers accompanying reporter who also identified the bird(s):


Also reported by Paul Conover and Steven Cardiff as best I recall.


Light conditions:



Optical equipment: 

Zeiss binoculars, 10 x 40


Distance to bird(s): 

Approximately 50 meters


Duration of observation:

Approximatey 5 minutes



Open rice field country with several homes adjacent to road.


Behavior of bird: 

Bird was on fence and flew to back of lot and landed on wire. High, gusty winds at time blowing from road to the site where it perched. Bird had been previously reported at site during the past week and a Say's Phoebe had been reported at the site the previous winter.



The bird was a bit larger than an Eastern Phoebe. Dark back, grayish thoat, and distinct ventral burnt orange-brown coloration.



Bird was silent.


Similar species:

See description


Photographs or tape recordings obtained?



Previous experience with this species: 

Observed in Texas, Arizona, and Alaska.


Identification aids: 

at time of observation:

National Geographic, Field Guide to the Birds of North America, 4th Edition.


after observation:



Notes made from?  

Notes jotted down when bird viewed.


Are you positive of your identification? If not, explain: 


Yes - more or less staked out bird.



Jay V. Huner


Date and time: 

4:50 PM, Feb. 21, 2009