[Tweeters] Bird of the Week -- American Redstart

Jim McCoy jfmccoy at hotmail.com
Tue Mar 14 12:14:56 PST 2006

I haven't seen posts on Redstarts, so I guess I'll throw mine in.  It has 
nothing to do with interesting behavior, just the emotional impact of the 

When I was a kid in upstate NY, we were up in the Adirondacks camping and 
hiking.  Along the way I was greatly excited to see my first American 
Redstart, a male (I'd have had no shot at identifying a female in those 
days).  I'd seen it in my junior field guide, and knew right away what it 
was.  At that stage of my life, a lot of the birds in the book were only 
half real to me, and I was always a bit surprised when I happened across a 
living example of one.  In looking back, I'd estimate that American Redstart 
was only the second or third warbler that I'd found and identified, behind 
Yellow Warbler and possibly Ovenbird.

He was right at eye level and very active, so he put on a great show.  It 
was a great hike in a beautiful setting, to a place called Salmon Lake, but 
far and away the greatest highlight of the trip was seeing that Redstart.  I 
guess it must have been, for me to remember it so vividly 35 years later...

Jim McCoy
Marblehead, MA
jfmccoy at hotmail.com

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