Date: 1/1/18 6:20 am
From: nicholas via va-bird <va-bird...>
Subject: [Va-bird] Say's Phoebe in King William Co., 12/31/2017
All, while covering the Cohoke Sector for Walkerton CBC yesterday I saw a Say's Phoebe on private property. Fortunately the bird stuck around the area during the day for other CBC'ers to enjoy. Fred Atwood does a great job as compiler of this count working hard to ensure participants have access to private property, so we waited until now to post to ensure the property owner was OK with continued birder visitation to look for the phoebe. Continued access has been granted, so see below instructions on access and where to look for the bird, crafted mostly by Nick Newberry & Fred Atwood.

"A Say's Phoebe was found by Nick Flanders and seen by several others on the Walkerton CBC in King William VA Dec 31. This appears to be the first Say's Phoebe to be found on the Middle Peninsula. It is on private property. The landowners are friendly towards birders and are excited about hosting a rare bird. They have requested that you stay on the road and keep away from the house. Please be conscientious about your behavior while searching for the bird and communicative with other birders who may not be following the instructions in this message.
Directions: Turn north from Green Level Rd. (Rt. 621) onto Hybla Farm Road (Rt. 681) and continue along the road, always keeping right when there is an option, until reaching a patch of cedars on the left side of the road just before the road goes up a hill towards the landowner’s house. The Say’s Phoebe has been at times associating with a bluebird flock, at times with Eastern Phoebes, and at times alone. It almost always stays within 2 feet of the ground and has ranged from the edge of the cedars to the fields below the house to the red barn/shed a bit further down the road, but before reaching the house. You will drive through a cow pasture before reaching the hill with house/cedars and the phoebe has been spending time near the ground around cow manure."

Nick Flanders
Portsmouth, VA

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