One of our small summer flycatchers, the Eastern Wood-Pewee is known for and named for their distinctive call that can be heard through out the late spring and summer months: a pee-a-wee!
They are often confused with the Eastern Pheobe, because from afar they have similar color patterns, but their songs are what distinguishes them apart for bird watchers.
Eastern Wood-Pewees tend to perch in the middle story of trees, waiting for insects to fly by. As indicated by their species, they feed almost entirely on insects, many are caught on the wing. They rarely, if ever, visit bird feeders, but if you live in a wooded area, you may see them perching on your shepherds’ hooks, or branches near your feeder while hunting for insects!
Their nests are usually a compact cup of plant material, spider webs, and lichen and are smaller than what would be expected for the size of the bird.