[CT Birds] Readings 17

Dennis Varza dennisvz at optonline.net
Sat Dec 24 11:04:14 EST 2011

Sorry for the length of the between the readings

Readings 17

Eastern Wood-Pewee

Among all the singers of the woodland The Wood Pewee is the  
sentimentalist. His short song of three or four notes appears to us  
wholly by reason of its apparently emotional nature. It is to be  
classified along with Stephen Foster’s Old Folks at Home, or the  
famous old Irish melody, the Last Rose of Summer. The little fellow  
sings along with the Hermit Thrush, in the region of the White  
Mountains, but haw absolutely different is the burden of his song!  
There is a touch of sadness to the few notes of the Wood Pewee, there  
are joy and gladness in the soaring lyric of the Hermit Thrush. Nor  
is this little woodland flycatcher attractive in appearance; he is  
the plainest of birds, as well as the plainest of singers.

Mr Chapman says, after complimenting the singer: “All day long the  
Pewee sings, even when the heat of summer silences more vigorous  
birds and the midday sun send light-shafts to the ferns, the clear  
sympathetic notes of the retired songster come from the green canopy  
overhead in perfect harmony with the peace and stillness of the hour.”

Dennis Varza

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