[Tweeters] Re: [PortlandAreaBirds] Western Wood Pewee

Joshua Glant josh.n.glant at gmail.com
Sun Apr 2 22:18:17 PDT 2017


Funnily enough, just this afternoon I heard a starling give a perfect Western Wood-pewee rendition at Tjossem Pond in Ellensburg! I was especially amused because I had just read the original message in this thread.

Good birding, Joshua Glant
Mercer Island, WA



> On Apr 2, 2017, at 10:13 PM, Stefan Schlick <greenfant at hotmail.com> wrote:

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> Hi John,

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> Along with Swainson's Thrush and Willow Flycatcher, Western Wood-Pewee is often a species that gets reported early. I would err on the side of caution here as I have heard almost perfect imitations of a Western Wood-Pewee rendered by a starling. I even watched the starling do it. It seems like something they seems to start doing in early spring/late winter. I also once got tricked by a starling doing a good rendition of a train coming out of a tunnel, and also a winnowing snipe and a California Quail. I'm sure that there are more species that they have managed to do.

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> Cheers,

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> Stefan Schlick

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> Hillsboro, OR

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> From: portland-area-birds at googlegroups.com <portland-area-birds at googlegroups.com> on behalf of John Bishop <bishopjg at earthlink.net>

> Sent: Sunday, April 2, 2017 7:31 PM

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> Cc: tweeters at u.washington.edu

> Subject: [PortlandAreaBirds] Western Wood Pewee

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> At Steigerwald NWR today I think I heard a western wood pewee. I felt pretty confident at the time, I played its calls as I listened and it seemed extremely similar to "calls #1_CA" in the Sibley App. A couple hours before I noted starlings imitating western wood pewee, but still in a starling voice. The putative pewee didn’t sound like a starling, and it was coming from the big blackberry thicket north of the footbridge on the west end of redtail lake. Never saw the bird, though I saw a bird briefly that could have been it.

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> When I got home and looked on e-bird I saw that this would be one of the earliest ever reported in the region. One was sighted at Tualatin NWR on April 3 2016, otherwise a few start showing up in the last week of April. So of course I’m wondering now if I was hallucinating.

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> If anyone is visiting Steigerwald this week please keep an ear and eye out for this bird, it would be interesting to confirm it.

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> John Bishop

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