Bird #78 — Eastern Towhee

pipilo (to chirp) erythrophthalmus (from erythros, red, and ophthalmos, eye)

Thursday, October 4, 1979 — 4:15 pm

Lincolnshire, Illinois — Ryerson Conservation Area

I don’t recall how Larry and I happened upon Ryerson.  It’s pretty close to Trinity and we decided to check it out one afternoon after classes.  We parked and began walking down the trail. Almost immediately we noticed the Towhee.  It was foraging on the ground in the oak woods by the parking lot.  When we stopped to look at it, it flew off.  We hiked around on the trails for a while without seeing anything else of interest.

When we got back to Larry’s car, we found a nasty note on his windshield to the effect that we had stayed beyond the closing time, and if we did that twice in a given calendar year, we would be ticketed or towed, or something like that. Ryerson later became one of my favorite spots to bird.

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