I’ve trained many birders in my past, as the head of a songbird research project, and now I’ve moved on to teaching kids of all ages some basic bird ID and diagnostic features, both by sight and sound.

These little guys are often a highlight of my talks – while their song isn’t all that memorable, and they’re simply a mish-mash of colours and features, once they turn around and flash that golden spot,  you know you’re looking at none other than the lovely Yellow-rumped Warbler, a.k.a. Butterbutt.

Gets a howl out of the kids every time.


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