Mine was repeatedly but, not for super long. Perhaps I can try today for a recording if it is still around. It has gotten cooler already though today.
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From: Ian A. Worley<mailto:[log in to unmask]>
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Sent: Saturday, March 24, 2012 7:10 AM
Subject: Re: [VTBIRD] “Impossible” Pewee
Considering that Pewees are typically our very last arrivals, it
certainly would be extraordinarily exceptional, I would think. I
checked eBird this morning and thus far this year in all of the U.S.
there are only four reports, and only one has a description (very
brief); none has a photograph or mention a recording of the song. They
are in Texas, Mississippi (heard only), and Florida (2). And without
some research we don't know how reliable these reports are.
As others have commented, certainly any "simply NOT possible" kind of
observation needs superb documentation --- at least a good photograph
and a very well detailed description. In this case a recording of the
song would be very valuable to add to a photograph.
I agree that Pewees have a very distinctive, though brief, song. It
helps if it is heard repeatedly over a long period of time. I know that
I've, and other folks I've been with, briefly heard a Pewee song at
various times of the year that have turned out to be some other species
.... usually a Starling, Chickadee or even a Cowbird. Hopefully some
folks who are hearing this song can get high quality looks, photographs,
etc. of the songster.
Check out this link (the dates run across the bottom of the animation),
and note the comments about early reports. If you haven't seen these
migratory map animations created from eBird data before, they are really
On 3/24/2012 6:59 AM, MARIE HEMEON wrote:
> I heard one yesterday in N Bennington also. On Park St. Where was yours? Didn't bother to enter it though. I like my butt attached to my backside, not being handed to me.
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> From: Maeve Kim<mailto:[log in to unmask]<mailto:[log in to unmask]>>
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> Sent: Saturday, March 24, 2012 6:54 AM
> Subject: [VTBIRD] “Impossible” Pewee
> 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
> 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