Say’s Phoebe

Sayornis saya

Although Say’s Phoebes are breeders across central Alaska, extending west as far as Nome, there were no records of this species in the Bering Sea prior to 2005. In 2005 a bird arrived on Saint Lawrence in late spring, and later in the year, on August one was found on the east flank of Polovina Hill on Saint Paul. The identification of this species should not confound visiting birders, as there are no common flycatchers in the Pribilofs, and no old-world species resembles this one. Look for the dark brownish upperparts, darker crown, cinnamon-buff undertail and jet-black tail to separate this species from the even more unlikely Eastern Phoebe, which has been found in Alaska on at least three occasions.