This fall I decided to take a spur of the moment trip to the Midwest to see my drinking buddies. I knew that I could easily pick up a couple of lifers but I wasn't going to focus my trip on birds. My main reason for being there was to relax, have some fun time with my girls, and see real fall colors. That being said I knew I would be disappointed if I went home without seeing a couple of new birds. To my surprise one of the first birds of the trip would be my lifer Brown Creeper.
The creeper was in a mixed flock of kinglets, titmice, and chickadees. And yes, that was my first confirmed Black-capped Chickadee. I really must think about getting out of the Southeast more often. So there I was on a path all alone staring down my first Brown Creeper. It was definitely a big highlight of the trip though the apple orchard, camping, and concert wasn't half bad either.
We're half way through my Top Ten Lifers of 2008. Check back tomorrow for another selection of not one but five birds all lumped together under Number 5.