dendroica (from dendron, tree, and oikein, to dwell) fusca (dark)
Thursday, May 15, 1980 — 11:30 am
Des Plaines, Illinois — West Grant Drive
This was one of the birds that got me started birding in the first place. I saw one in the summer of ‘78 up by Dad’s house in McNaughton, Wisconsin, and I got a big kick out of identifying it. The experience got me thinking about starting to list the birds I saw.
This was the first Blackburnian Warbler I had seen since then, and it didn’t take too much effort. I noticed a few warblers flitting around the neighborhood, and I wandered around with my binoculars looking at them. On West Grant Drive, a yard beyond my backyard, I spotted this male foraging in a Norway maple over the road. I felt a bit conspicuous standing in the middle of a residential area with binoculars, but I didn’t let that stop me.