Likely "your" pewee was at least two different birds, as their lifespan is
~7 years.

On Mon, Jun 18, 2018 at 7:57 PM, Nancy Cusumano <nancycusuman...@gmail.com>
wrote:

> It really is an odd summer!  We also are missing "our" peewee, who has
> been here reliably for the 14 years I have lived in this house. Missing him!
> There are at least 2 pair of great crested flycatchers and on Friday an
> Indigo bunting showed up and is still around singing his head off from the
> tops of the black locust trees.
> There are sapsucker babies (that sound like they are humming in morse code
> from inside the tree) and bluebirds too.  So down one peewee, up a bunting?
> Guess I would call that OK....but I want my peewee back.
>
> thanks for everyone's comments on this thread.
>
> Nancy
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> On Mon, Jun 18, 2018 at 1:28 PM, <k...@empacc.net> wrote:
>
>> Hi!
>>
>> Over 30years of banding, migration and population study here and we
>> experienced and ever increasing paucity of birds. About 15 years ago I
>> wrote a report citing these losses. While many can be linked to loss of
>> habitat mainly due to factory farming, that didn't account for the lack of
>> song. We prognosticated at the time that populations within species were
>> undergoing a drastic diminishment.That has since been shown to be even
>> worse than we guessed ( based on American Bird Conservancy data sets).
>>
>> A result most noticeable was in song. With fewer competitors, birds in
>> lesser numbers arrive on native land and , if they find it still existent,
>> establish a territory. With little or no competition, the territorial song
>> is short lived -after all, why expend energy needlessly? Defense of
>> territory is seldom needed so in season song is greatly diminished.
>>
>> That doesn't mean it stops entirely but certainly far less than what we
>> new 50, 40 or 30 years ago.
>>
>> Fast forward to the crazy migration we experienced this spring. Expected
>> species have still not checked in and we guess they either overflew or were
>> content to our south. We have the same experience with Veery here and Wood
>> Thrush has been declining steadily. Least Flycatcher, Warbling Vireo are
>> all missing and the fancy Thrushes once a stopover certainty haven't been
>> seen for several years. Yesterday, we finally had a single Pewee. On the
>> positive side we are inundated with Grosbeaks, Purple Finch, Great-crested
>> Flycatchers, cuckoos and others that are normally here in much smaller
>> numbers.
>>
>> Looking South to the greater DC area, many of these species are still
>> there and that's abnormal. Check the ADK reports and they are also having a
>> strange year although I've not seen any thoughts on the subject from that
>> area.
>>
>> The short answer is an unusual migration window with lots of weather
>> effect, rapidly declining populations creating an environment where our old
>> expectations are no longer valid.
>>
>> I liked it much better several decades ago. We have stopped banding
>> passerines and happy we did as the disappointment would be even greater.
>>
>> Best,
>>
>> John
>>
>>
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>> On 2018-06-18 15:45, W. Larry Hymes wrote:
>>
>> I have noticed, as have others, that the woods have not been as plentiful
>> with bird song as normal.  On my recent walks at Upper Buttermilk I have
>> been very disappointed in the total absence of Wood Thrush, Veery, and
>> Scarlet Tanager.  By this time in past years I've always have several of
>> these birds.  On my most recent walk (Friday) I was wonderfully surprised
>> to hear 2 Wood Thrush and 2-3 each of Veery and Scarlet Tanager.  Why the
>> sudden "reappearance"??  I know I'm going to be criticized for asking, but
>> could some birds (species) still be migrating in?  If not, then why did
>> they finally "show up"?  Some could argue they were busy with nesting.  But
>> I've never experienced birds remaining completely mum during the nesting
>> season.  Another argument could be that they are now moving around after
>> the first brood.  I doubt that would explain the numbers of these species I
>> had all of a sudden plopping down in Upper Buttermilk?  By the way, we
>> picnicked at Upper Treman yesterday and bird song was relatively
>> infrequent.  Do any of you have any thoughts on this subject??
>>
>> Larry
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