Bird #9 — Evening Grosbeak

hesperiphona (hesperios, at eventide, and phone, voice)vespertina (belonging to evening)

Monday, May 28, 1979 — 2:00 pm

Boulder Junction, Wisconsin — Arvilla’s Antique Store

Mom and Dad wanted to go to an antique store, and they wanted us (Sally, me, Paul and Barb Kott) to go with them.  I wasn’t crazy about the idea, but Mom enticed me with tales of the birds I would see.  Arvilla’s was a high-class place, way out of our price range.  Outside the store, which was located in downtown (I use the term loosely) Boulder Junction was a small jack pine grove.  Feeders were scattered amongst the trees, and the Evening Grosbeaks were scattered amongst the feeders.

This was my first “exotic.”  When Mom told me I might see Evening Grosbeaks, I had no idea what they were.  I had to look them up in a field guide before I went.

Within the next few months, I became obsessed with birding and read the guides over and over.  In consequence, there were only two or three other times that I saw birds that I was totally unfamiliar with.

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