This grove of pecan trees is close to Buckeye, Arizona, and is along Fremont Road just north of the M-C 85 Road and is just west of Jackrabbit Trail. Caleb's lives close by and is constantly finding rarities in this area he lives in at isolated patches of different habitats. I've thought this pecan grove has looked attractive when Caleb and I have driven by it in the past, and that was proven when the Greater Pewee showed up for Caleb. He found the bird on Monday the 26th of January at 2:00 P.M. Caleb and I got to the spot today at about 12:20 P.M. We started waiting and looking and walking down the street a few times for a short distance. 1.5 hours went by quickly, and my fatigue level was dropping drastically. I was sure the Greater Pewee was still in the grove, but I was also sure he wanted me to see him another day. Caleb and I waited, and waited, and waited. At the last second, I did notice a flycatcher come in that wasn't the numerous Black and Say's Phoebes that we were seeing. Ironically, it was around 2:00 P.M. and two days later, and yes it was my first ever Maricopa County Greater Pewee!
Caleb and I watched the flycatcher for about 20 minutes as it was active and flew from tree-top to tree-top. It didn't sing for us, but it did regularly give it's high-pitched "peep-peep" call. It was a wonderful treat to see this bird, and it was an interesting way to get Maricoper # 368. Another huge thanks to Caleb, who has given me 3 out of my last 5 Maricopers (364, 365, and now 368).
When I'm sick like this, I guess I'm more of a pewee than a Pewee itself. I just explained and successfully demonstrated how to bird when your miserable. If the treasure is sighted, I guess it may make one temporarily feel better. The Greater Pewee is my first major highlight of 2015. What do I consider a major highlight? There's three categories. One is a life bird, anytime or anywhere. The other is an Arizona statebird. The third is a Maricoper, a new bird for my Maricopa County list. And I must admit, the last one I mentioned is usually what I get the most excited about. Cheers to 2015 officially being underway!