#ABArare - Say's Phoebe - New Hampshire
by Nate Swick
It feels a like we're wearing out this #ABArare tag but the birds just keep coming. Another state first was discovered this morning, this time in New Hampshire as Chris Borg found a Say's Phoebe at Morrill's Farm near the town of Penacook. It's frequenting the Penacook Wastewater Treatment Facility and the surrounding pastures. The bird was seen by many throughout the day today.
Penacook is about 25 miles north of Manchester on I-93. From Village Street in the center of town, turn right onto Merrimack Street following it towards the river and around a 90 degree right turn where the road turns into Penacook Road. The WTP is down a gravel access road to your left. Park at the plant entrance and walk the railroad tracks along the west side of the plant checking the tops of posts and fences.
Say's Phoebe is a common breeding bird of western North America from Alaska to western Mexico. They are annual vagrants to the eastern third of the continent and has been recorded as far east as St. Johns, Newfoundland (1988), and as far south as central Florida where, coincidentally a bird was reported as recently as 11/2 in Lake county.