26 May, 2011

Eastern Wood-pewee

Scientific Name: Contopus virens

Population Estimate: 6M, Least Concern status

Range / Habitat: A bird of the middle canopy, breeds throughout the eastern US in summer then migrates to northwestern South America for winter.

Field Notes: Medium-sized flycatcher, grey / olive above and pale below. Pale white wingbars. No eye ring or only a faint one. Call is distinctive. Lack of prominent eye ring distinguishes it from Empidonax flycatchers. Presence of wingbars and call differentiate from Eastern Phoebe.

Personal Notes: Spotted and heard on a bike trip from Minneapolis to Stillwater, MN.

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