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Butter Butts

Monday, October 2nd, 2023
Yellow-rumped Warbler, Beech Hill Preserve, Rockport, Maine, 02 October 2023.
Yellow-rumped Warbler.

They’re everywhere at this time of year. I’m talking about Yellow-rumped Warblers—a.k.a. (in the lingo of my birding crowd) “Butter Butts” or just “’Rumps.” There they were on this nippy, breezy, cloudless morning, flitting about in their drab fall plumage, delivering their familiar dry chip notes, by far the most abundant of the migratory species.

Also had white-throats and kinglets again, heard the voice of a Red-shouldered Hawk, had a couple other cool migrants. But just about everywhere dog and I walked, we were accompanied by yellow-rumps.

Will miss them when they’re gone.

Beech Hill List
Starting at 7:48 a.m. EST (8:48 DST), I hiked all trails.

1. Yellow-rumped Warbler**
2. Black-capped Chickadee (v)
3. Tennessee Warbler
4. Blue Jay** (v)
5. White-breasted Nuthatch**
6. Hermit Thrush
7. Red-eyed Vireo (v)
8. Philadelphia Vireo
9. Ruby-crowned Kinglet
10. White-throated Sparrow
11. Eastern Towhee (v)
12. American Crow* (v)
13. Northern Flicker (v)
14. Song Sparrow
15. Red-shouldered Hawk (v)


16. Northern Cardinal (v)
17. Herring Gull


Eastern Chipmunk

(v) Voice only
*Also elsewhere
**Voice only elsewhere


Feeding Season

Saturday, August 19th, 2023

Ah, what a lovely cool, clear, breezy morning. As we headed up through the woods, dog and I, we encountered more birds than in the past few days—and a few notable species not encountered in a good while. A Philadelphia Vireo, for instance, and the call of a Canada Warbler, and a juvie chippy poking about in the canopy.

The largest mouthful of caterpillars, however, belonged to a clucking Hermit Thrush which agreeably posed for a photo.

Beech Hill List
Starting at 7:09 a.m. EST (8:09 DST), I hiked all trails.

1. Blue Jay (v)
2. Tufted Titmouse (v)
3. American Goldfinch**
4. Red-eyed Vireo
5. White-breasted Nuthatch
6. Eastern Wood-pewee
7. Black-capped Chickadee
8. Black-and-white Warbler
9. Chipping Sparrow
10. Philadelphia Vireo†
11. Hermit Thrush
12. Ovenbird
13. Eastern Towhee (v)
14. American Crow*
15. Canada Warbler†
16. Gray Catbird** (v)
17. Common Yellowthroat** (v)
18. Song Sparrow
19. Turkey Vulture
20. Herring Gull*
21. American Redstart
22. Cedar Waxwing


23. Mourning Dove
24. Northern Cardinal (v)
25. Wild Turkey

(v) Voice only
*Also elsewhere
**Voice only elsewhere


Cool, Breezy

Monday, July 15th, 2019
Gray Catbird, Beech Hill Preserve, Rockport, Maine 15 July 2019.
Gray Catbird.

Nice cool, breezy, sunny morning. Lots of bird activity—highlights being a singing Northern Parula, and a Philadelphia Vireo that appeared in the summit spruce grove.

Met a fellow birder and had a nice chat about photography.

Got home and put a tonneau cover on my pickup. (Just threw that in for factual authenticity.)

Beech Hill List
Beginning at 715 a.m., I hiked the open trail.

1. Red-eyed Vireo** (v)
2. American Crow*
3. Chestnut-sided Warbler
4. Song Sparrow**
5. Chipping Sparrow*
6. Ovenbird (v)
7. Common Yellowthroat
8. Alder Flycatcher (v)
9. Mourning Dove*
10. Gray Catbird
11. Eastern Towhee
12. Yellow Warbler (v)
13. Field Sparrow (v)
14. American Goldfinch**
15. White-breasted Nuthatch (v)
16. Tufted Titmouse (v)
17. Eastern Phoebe
18. Eastern Towhee
19. Cedar Waxwing
20. Veery** (v)
21. Northern Parula (v)
22. Red-breasted Nuthatch
23. Philadelphia Vireo
24. Black-capped Chickadee (v)
25. Common Raven (v)
26. Barn Swallow
27. Purple Finch (v)
28. Rose-breasted Grosbeak (v)
29. American Redstart (v)


30. Herring Gull

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

Bird Report is a (sometimes intermittent) record of the birds I encounter while hiking, see while driving, or spy outside my window. —Brian Willson

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