Why then, would we go out of our way to see a Phoebe? Because an unusual type of Phoebe showed up at the Cape May Point State Park (Lighthouse) on Sunday. A Say's Phoebe. Say's Phoebe is a bird that never comes east of the Rocky Mountains. If you look in the field guide, it shows a clear line that the bird really never crosses. So when one shows up on the east coast, people flock to see it. Adding to the attraction is the bird's gorgeous salmon belly which makes this ID easy.
Say's PhoebeWho knows how this guy got all the way to NJ when he should be in Colorado or Texas or Oklahoma heading south to Mexico but here he is. I assume he will head south and wow some other birders along the way.