certhia (tree creeper) americana (of America)
Tuesday, October 2, 1979 — 1:00 pm
Des Plaines, Illinois — home
This fall was my first migration, and I was loving it. The Hermit Thrush and Brown Creeper set off an incredible three days of birding the likes of which I have not experienced anywhere except in Arizona in 1984.
During my early days of birding I spent hours pouring over bird books and field guides, memorizing field marks, studying range maps, anything that had anything to do with birds. The Brown Creeper had me worried. It was small, brown and inconspicuous. I figured I’d be fortunate to ever see one.
And now here it was, right in my own backyard, less than five months after I started birding. No problem. I first spotted it climbing on the trunk of the red maple. It flew to the large mulberry tree near the shed and spiraled up that trunk. I was able to watch it to my heart’s content.