Mine was a deep woods area. Maybe the cowbird was there but, not what would normally be thought of as good habitat. I didn't see mine as you did.
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From: Maeve Kim<mailto:[log in to unmask]>
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Sent: Saturday, March 24, 2012 7:12 AM
Subject: Re: [VTBIRD] “Impossible” Pewee
Thanks to all who have answered so quickly that they also have heard
pewee song in the last day or two. - What we need is for one of us to
get either a photo or a recording!
Ian Worley pointed out that cowbirds can sound very much like pewees,
which is a good point. I saw my bird, though, and I'm sure it wasn't
About being afraid to have our butts handed to us if we make a
mistaken or unaccepted posting - This goes back to the conversation
about being daunted by nasty comments on the listserve. It's sad that
many Vermont birders seem to have become afraid due to caustic
comments of a few. I hate that people are afraid to maybe push the
boundaries of what is "known" by reporting oddities. (The first
birder who saw a Black Vulture in Vermont was probably met with
skepticism at best and maybe some boos and hisses at worst.) All of
us learn by hearing what each of is seeing! And there should be no
shame in follow-up posts that say we were probably wrong.
On Mar 24, 2012, at 6:57 AM, Pat Phillips wrote:
> I was surprised to hear the same as I did a run around Lake Morey
> on Thursday afternoon!
> Sent from my iPad
> On Mar 24, 2012, at 6:54 AM, Maeve Kim <[log in to unmask]<mailto:[log in to unmask]>>
>> Yesterday I heard an unmistakable plaintive PEEE-uh-WEEEE, looked
>> in that direction and caught a glimpse of a small, slim dark bird
>> flycatching from a bare tree limb. I went toward the bird but
>> never heard or saw it again. I entered Eastern Wood Pewee on eBird
>> but then deleted it after checking where they migrate and then
>> reading the message forwarded by the Pratts that described a March
>> pewee as “impossible”.
>> However – I’ve read that every year some members of many species
>> simply don’t migrate Ialmost always the old, sick or injured).
>> They die soon, are removed from the gene pool, and aren’t noticed
>> by humans. In this very odd winter, isn’t it possible that some of
>> this group of lingering should-be-migrants made it through the
>> winter? They’ve been quiet for months, but now the light reminds
>> them about their reproductive duties – and they suddenly have the
>> energy to sing because of increased food and because they’re not
>> spending every available calorie just to keep from freezing to death.
>> Maeve Kim
>> Jericho Center