Bird #64 — Brown Creeper

certhia (tree creeper) americana (of America)

Tuesday, October 2, 1979 — 1:00 pm

Des Plaines, Illinois

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 then I saw one, right in my own backyard, less than five months after I started birding.  I first spotted it climbing on the trunk of a red maple.  It flew to a large mulberry tree and spiraled up that trunk.

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