Eastern Wood-Pewee

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An Eastern Wood-Pewee Perched on a Branch

The familiar pee-a-weeee song of the Eastern Wood-Pewee (Contopus virens) has returned to the Mountain for the summer! A long-distance migrant that overwinters in northern South America, the eastern wood-pewee is one of the last to return to the eastern United States in the spring. These medium-sized flycatchers are gray with a pale underside and slightly forked tail. They specialize in hunting flying insects and are often found perched in open areas of forest where they have a good viewpoint. 

Photo by Bill Moses.