Forest Flycatcher: The Wood Pewee

Mornings, you hear the eastern wood-pewee’s plaintive pee, you? pee-oh-wee! in the woods. Pewees are flycatchers, and they do indeed catch flies, as well as other flying insects. They perch in a straight-up posture where they have a commanding view of lots of space. From there they sashay off and catch their prey midair. Then they return and perch again in the same spot. This wood-pewee ruled the morning air from a snag suspended over Crow Creek, in Jefferson County. (© 2012 Diane Porter)

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