Date: 9/29/17 2:13 pm From: Jane Hadley <hadleyj1725...> Subject: Re: [Tweeters] Say's Phoebe in Beacon Hill yesterday
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 Cascades:
"Rare but regular in spring migration west of Cascades, casual in winter."
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 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.