For those that got a glimpse could it have been the Blue-Gray Gnatcather?
Every time I hear them I think of the Pewee, to me very similar.
From: "MARIE HEMEON" <[log in to unmask]>
Sent: Saturday, March 24, 2012 7:21 AM
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Subject: Re: [VTBIRD] “Impossible” Pewee
> 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
> ----- Original Message -----
> From: Ian A. Worley<mailto:[log in to unmask]>
> To: [log in to unmask]<mailto:[log in to unmask]>
> 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.
> > ----- Original Message -----
> > From: Maeve
> Kim<mailto:[log in to unmask]<mailto:[log in to unmask]>>
> > To:
> [log in to unmask]<mailto:[log in to unmask]<mailto:[log in to unmask]:[log in to unmask]>>
> > 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
> > 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
> > because of increased food and because they’re not spending every
> > available calorie just to keep from freezing to death.
> > Maeve Kim
> > Jericho Center