Bird #56 — American Redstart

setophaga (from setos, moth, and phagein, to eat) ruticilla, from rutillus, red, and cilla, tail)

Tuesday, September 18, 1979 — 2:00 pm

Glenview, Illinois — residential area

I was on my roofing job when I saw this bird.  It was foraging and fly-catching, flitting from branch to branch in a large evergreen and oak in the backyard of the house on which we were putting gutters.  I didn’t have my binoculars, so I had to stalk it.  I managed to get fairly close without any of the guys on the crew seeing what I was doing.

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