dendroica (from dendron, tree, and oikein, to dwell) caerulescens (blue)
Thursday, September 20, 1979 — 3:15 pm
Deerfield, Illinois — Trinity College
In the fall, I began taking classes at Trinity. I lived at home and drove in every day, completing most of my classes in the morning. Shortly after I started, I noticed the great birding opportunities the campus offered. It was covered with woods and fields, and there was a small pond nearby, along the tollway. I began birding between classes, after classes, and during classes (instead of classes).
I spotted this beautiful warbler moving very rapidly through the understory of the woods on campus. A few days later, I saw another one in nearly the same spot. In the next eleven years, I saw an additional total of one. If I had known how rare it would be for me, I would have made an effort to follow it. But there were other warblers in the area, and I turned my attention to them.