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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



Wednesday, September 20th, 2023
Black-and-white Warbler (deceased), Beech Hill Preserve, Rockport, Maine, 20 September 2023.
Black-and-white Warbler (deceased).
Bald Eagle (immature), Beech Hill Preserve, Rockport, Maine, 20 September 2023.
Bald Eagle (immature).

Two Beech Hill hikes today: a quick, early one with Jack-my-dog, and a later, longer one with a group of curious kids on a middle school field trip. Both were fun.

Ten species early and another six later—the latter ones being most interesting (including an eagle accompanied by hawks). Alas, the last bird on my list was deceased: a dead Black-and-white Warbler I found lying along the trail near the summit. My guess is the bird flew into a window of the hut and managed to flutter across the lawn a ways before succumbing to its injuries. Whatever the case, it’s always sad to find a dead bird.

Migration is risky no matter who you are, and some migrants don’t make it to their destinations. I tossed the little warbler into a soft, shady patch of grass.

Beech Hill List
Starting at 7:30 a.m. EST (8:30 DST), I hiked all trails.

1. Blue Jay** (v)
2. Red-breasted Nuthatch (v)
3. Eastern Wood-pewee (v)
4. Hermit Thrush (v)
5. Brown Creeper (v)
6. Gray Catbird
7. Yellow-rumped Warbler
8. American Goldfinch
9. Black-capped Chickadee
10. Eastern Bluebird
11. Hairy Woodpecker (v)
12. Turkey Vulture*
13. White-breasted Nuthatch (v)
14. Red-shouldered Hawk
15. American Crow*
16. Bald Eagle
17. Black-and-white Warbler (deceased)


18. Carolina Wren (v)
19. House Sparrow
20. Herring Gull


Eastern Gray Squirrel
House Sparrow


Eastern Garter Snake

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



Monday, August 28th, 2023
Turkey Vulture, Beech Hill Preserve, Rockport, Maine, 28 August 2023.
Turkey Vulture.

I had no dog with me during my hike this morning for the first time in as long as I can remember. Captain Jack had to go to the vet for a digestive issue, and since he’s 15-plus years old, I worried throughout my empty-handed, solo hike—but all turned out OK. Also, some bird showed up.

Most noteable—or noticeable—to me were the vultures soaring over, and the nervous, quiet stirrings of songbirds flitting about for food. The seasonal light (and shortening photoperiod) is a sign that fall is not far away.

Beech Hill List
Starting at 8:00 a.m. EST (9:00 DST), I hiked all trails.

1. Downy Woodpecker (v)
2. American Goldfinch** (v)
3. Blue Jay (v)
4. Red-eyed Vireo (v)
5. Tufted Titmouse
6. Black-capped Chickadee
7. White-breasted Nuthatch
8. Red-breasted Nuthatch (v)
9. Eastern Wood-pewee (v)
10. Gray Catbird
11. American Crow*
12. Cedar Waxwing
13. Turkey Vulture
14. Song Sparrow
15. Red-shouldered Hawk (v)
16. Eastern Towhee (v)


17. Mallard
18. Mourning Dove
19. Herring Gull
20. Rock Pigeon
21. Wild Turkey

(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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