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Say’s Phoebe

Posted on Sep 18, 2016

Say’s Phoebe (Sayornis saya)! There is not much more to say about this Say’s other than the fact it was found today by Jeremy Nance with Brenda Inskeep (thank you!) at the Aspetuck Land Trust’s Trout Brook Valley Preserve in Easton/Weston, Connecticut. This is the likely third record for the state, the first being historic and the second being on private and inaccessible property, making this the first bird that birders could “chase” and see for themselves.





I am a member of the Aspetuck Land Trust’s Land Management Committee, and this mega rarity comes as we work toward making the orchard a more favorable place for our birds, pollinators, and all sorts of wildlife. It is a tremendous area for fall migration. The bird was on the north end of the enormous orchard, mostly staying on adjacent private land and on leased farm property. Thanks for stopping by our place, Say’s! Dozens and dozens and soon to be hundreds or thousands of birders, if you stick around, are thankful that you came.

Scott Kruitbosch
Conservation & Outreach Coordinator