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Western wood-pewee        Images © Mark A. Chappell

Western wood-pewees nest in mountain forests, but move through lower-elevation areas during migration.   The bird in the lower photos was hawking insects from willow twigs at the edge of a sagebrush flat.   The other pictures were taken in typical nesting habitat: aspen woodlands.   These birds were along Convict Creek and McGee Creek, both in the eastern Sierra Nevada in Mono County, California.   Western wood-pewees are almost identical in appearance and behavior to their eastern relatives, the eastern wood-pewee

  • Canon 10D, 1D3, 1D IV, or 7D2; 500mm f4 IS with 2X converter or 800 mm IS lens + 1.4X converter, fill-in flash (2004, 2010, 2013, 2015)