Plumage/Description: A very plain, non-descript species. Beginning birders find it very challenging to identify this and other flycatcher species. The best identifying feature is the Western Wood-Pewee’s distinctive call. Overall a plain, gray bird, with two faint wing-bars and a pale yellow wash on the belly.
Habitat: Ponderosa/ Coniferous
Time of year: Spring, Summer
Relative Abundance: Common in the appropriate habitat
Behavior: Pewees are in the flycatcher family. Their behavior is characterized by patiently sitting on a branch, or other open exposed locations and waiting for insects to pass by. Fairly solitary.
Similar species: Greater Pewee, Empidonax Flycatchers
Best Sites: Granite Basin, Lynx Lake, Goldwater Lake, above 6,000 feet in the Bradshaw Mountains, Mingus Mountain.