Date: 6/13/18 9:24 am From: Sarah Kendrick <Sarah.Kendrick...> Subject: Re: pewee behavior
Warning: lengthy pewee discussion below.
I studied the Best Bird in the World (Eastern Wood-Pewees) for my Master's research (studied nest success and abundance in savanna, woodland, and forest in the MO Ozarks)! They are certainly one of the most vocal species throughout the entire breeding season, even in the hottest times of day and summer. One interesting field observation from following these birds for two summers was that males and females appear to have differing songs. I never verified this with bloodwork, but anytime I heard what I thought to be the "female" song, I would run in the general direction through the woods, find the individual in the canopy, keep my eyes on "her" and the bird would nearly always lead me back to the nest to build, incubate, or feed nestlings! In my experience, what I believe to be the males sing a multi-syllable ascending "pee-ah-weeeee," while what I believe to be the females sing an ascending "weeeeee" only. Males will also do this one-syllable "weeeeee" as an alarm call near the nest when a predator is too close, but the females use this one-syllable song/call while off the nest. If you can get your eyes on the bird while "she" is off the nest, keep following her while she forages or gathers nesting material, and she'll fly right back to the nest (usually on a large lateral branch in the base of a fork of a branch far out from the trunk). Happy pewee nest searching! They are such charismatic birds.
MO Department of Conservation
From: Missouri Wild Bird Forum [mailto:<MOBIRDS-L...>] On Behalf Of David Starrett
Sent: Wednesday, June 06, 2018 1:38 PM
Subject: Re: pewee behavior
Left the windows open last night. At 4:45 this morning, while still dark out, I was awakened by the first bird of the morning singing loud and constant. Peewee.
We've had pewees all spring, but none were singing constantly all day, as you describe, until May 31. Now it's constant and sounds exhausting. I'm guessing that the male lost his mate, or possibly the fledglings have gone and the pair is starting over?
We have had an eastern wood-pewee calling in our Joplin yard again.
We think of northern cardinals as the first to 'get up" and to "retire"
However, our eastern wood-pewee calls first in the morning and is still
singing at 9:15 pm ! The northern cardinals have gone to roost !