18 October 2017 Rockport, Maine, USA 

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The Antics of Yellow-rumps

Tuesday, October 17th, 2017
Yellow-rumped Warbler, Beech Hill Preserve, Rockport, Maine, 17 October 2017.

Yellow-rumped Warbler.

A chilly, bright, season-appropriate morning lured me slowly up the hill. Kinglets two, sparrow one, and yet more Yellow-rumped Warblers. They chipped and flitted and chased and veered, the yellow-rumps did. They were fun to watch awhile.

“Geronimo!” (Yellow-rumped warbler, Beech Hill Preserve, Rockport, Maine, 17 October 2017.

“Geronimo!”

Beech Hill List
Beginning at 9 a.m., I hiked the open trail.

1. Blue Jay**
2. Black-capped Chickadee (v)
3. American Crow*
4. Yellow-rumped Warbler
5. Ruby-crowned Kinglet
6. Golden-crowned Kinglet (v)
7. Palm Warbler
8. White-throated Sparrow
9. Northern Flicker
10. Purple Finch

v = Voice only
*Also elsewhere
**Voice only elsewhere

 

A Rangy Skein

Monday, October 16th, 2017
Skein of geese, Beech Hill Preserve, Rockport, Maine, 16 October 2017.

Skein of geese.

Felt like fall today for a change: gray, windy, chilly, temperature dipping throughout the day. Emphasizing this point was the rangy southbound skein of Canada Geese I saw at the summit of the hill—tipped off by their voices.

Canada Geese, Beech Hill Preserve, Rockport, Maine, 16 October 2017.

Canada Geese.

Beech Hill List
Beginning at 8:30 a.m.—and again at 2 p.m.—I hiked the open trail.

1. Blue Jay*
2. Mourning Dove
3. Black-capped Chickadee
4. Yellow-rumped Warbler
5. American Crow**
6. Northern Flicker (v)
7. Northern Harrier
8. Canada Goose
9. Red-tailed Hawk
10. White-breasted Nuthatch

Elsewhere

11. Rock Pigeon
12. Herring Gull
13. European Starling

v = Voice only
*Also elsewhere
**Voice only elsewhere

 

Fog and Warblers

Sunday, October 15th, 2017
Yellow-rumped Warbler, Beech Hill Preserve, Rockport, Maine, 15 October 2017.

Yellow-rumped Warbler.

Yellow-rumps. Yellow-rumps everywhere.

Eastern Chipmunk, Beech Hill Preserve, Rockport, Maine, 15 October 2017.

Eastern Chipmunk.

I’ve heard the familiar dry little chips of Yellow-rumped Warblers every day for weeks. Fall migration this year is particularly full of them—more than even usual. (And they’re usually common.) I wonder if prevailing winds have blown them southeastward from Canada’s expanses. Or perhaps they fledged in record numbers.

I must say I’m fond of these hardy warblers—even when they’re everywhere. As they were this foggy morning.

Beech Hill List
Beginning at 8:45 a.m., I hiked the open trail.

1. Blue Jay* (v)
2. Black-capped Chickadee (v)
3. American Crow** (v)
4. Yellow-rumped Warbler
5. Song Sparrow
6. Northern Flicker (v)

Elsewhere

7. Mourning Dove

v = Voice only
*Also elsewhere
**Voice only elsewhere

 

 
Bird Report is an intermittent record of what's outside my window in Rockport, Maine, USA (44°08'N latitude, 69°06'W longitude), and vicinity. —Brian Willson



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