I'd like to point out that local weather conditions have no bearing on neo-tropical migrants return schedules. Birds that winter in South and Central America or on tropical islands are certainly unaware that the northeast enjoyed a mild winter.The birds that are arriving early this year are birds that spend the winter in the U.S. at the northern edges of their wintering ranges and these are most often birds that can change their diets from insects when available to seeds or fruit. Pewees are strictly insectivores as far as I know and even in the mildest of winters they would surely perish trying to find enough bugs to sustain them in Vermont in December, January or February. As far as this list goes, I think it's terrible that anyone would be put down for a mistaken ID here. To me, this is not a scientific forum but merely recreation; a place where birders of all abilities can share their sightings and learn from each other. Every birder makes mistakes and we can all learn from each other. I've got to run but tomorrow I'll share a story about the worst mistake I ever made as a birder. I think you'll find it pretty amusing.
> Date: Sat, 24 Mar 2012 09:19:18 -0400
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> Im not sure it's relevant, but there was a report yesterday out of Central Park, NYC of an E. Wood Pewee there.