The current "record" based on banded birds returned to the wild is 8 years 2 months. That said, Nancy may well have been enjoying the progeny of that first pair as their site fidelity is high.
John --- John and Sue Gregoire Field Ornithologists Kestrel Haven Migration Observatory 5373 Fitzgerald Rd Burdett, NY 14818 42.443508000, -76.758202000 On 2018-06-19 17:17, Asher Hockett wrote: > 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 > > Cayuga Dog Rescue has saved more than 578! dogs since 2005! Learn more at > cayugadogrescue.org  > 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 > > --- > John and Sue Gregoire > Field Ornithologists > Kestrel Haven Migration Observatory > 5373 Fitzgerald Rd  > Burdett, NY 14818  > 42.443508000, -76.758202000 > > 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 > > -- > > ================================ > W. 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