The Music Hall goes outdoors to bird watch with writer David Allen Sibley
David, assisted by local birder Steve Mirick and a few scopes, helped 15 lucky winners who’d attended last night’s event see and experience the songs, sea plunges, rock sunning, plumage and migration of these many species:
Song sparrows, mockingbirds, common eiders (male and female), a great egret, common loons, double crested cormorants, barn swallows, migrating osprey, great black-backed gulls, migrating cormorants, sandpipers, migrating goldfinches, chipping sparrows, a brown headed cow bird, common grackles, and, several times, a flock of blue jays migrating (or trying to… you can do it, get out over the ocean and GO!)
What a pleasure it was on this sunny mild morning, a stroll along the coast with such experts. Thank you David Allen Sibley, and thank you to our moderator last night, a friend and neighbor of The Music Hall, conservationist and birder Jameson French, President and CEO of Northland Forest Products.
A bit about our special guest and guide, DAVID ALLEN SIBLEY began seriously watching and drawing birds in as very young lad in the late 1960s. Since 1980 he has traveled throughout the North American continent studying the natural world, both on his own and as a leader of bird-watching tours. This intensive travel and study culminated in the publication of the first edition of his comprehensive work The Sibley Guide to Birds which was followed by The Sibley Guide to Bird Life & Behavior, Sibley’s Birding Basics, The Sibley Field Guide to Birds of Eastern North America, and The Sibley Field Guide to Birds of Western North America. He has also written a guide to trees, equally beautiful and educational.