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. 

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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 
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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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