As passerine migration peters out and thoughts turn to what birds will show up to stay the winter the only wood-warbler left in any numbers at all in the vicinity of my New York City home is the Yellow-rumped “Myrtle” Warbler. They can be found in good flocks wherever there are berries to sustain them and the barrier beaches with their abundance of bayberries are perfect. What’s really nice about Butterbutts in autumn is taking advantage of the changing foliage as background for the wood-warblers.

That is what I did on a couple of recent visits to coastal New York City before Hurricane Sandy made such visits impossible. Here’s hoping the Yellow-rumped Warblers don’t get too devastated by the storm and that plenty survive to return to northern breeding areas next year!

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Written by Corey
Corey is a New Yorker who lived most of his life in upstate New York but has lived in Queens since 2008. He's only been birding since 2005 but has garnered a respectable life list by birding whenever he wasn't working as a union representative or spending time with his family. He lives in Forest Hills with Daisy and Desmond Shearwater. His bird photographs have appeared on the Today Show, in Birding, Living Bird Magazine, Bird Watcher's Digest, and many other fine publications. He is also the author of the American Birding Association Field Guide to the Birds of New York.