At worst, you were wrong; at best the rest of us will think twice if we
think we hear one and follow up as best we can.
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From: "Maeve Kim" <[log in to unmask]>
To: <[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 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.