Posted by: groundsforsculpture | February 17, 2010

Robins Come to the Opening

The January 23 Winter Exhibition opening featured an exciting outdoor addition this year.  Just as dusk began creeping in, the sky between the Domestic Arts Building and the Visitor Center filled with a swarm of birds.

“Swallows?” I wondered aloud to a visitor walking by who was also looking skyward.

“No!” she exclaimed.  “It’s an irruption of robins!  Oh, look at them all.”  Several hundred birds swooped around, alighted in the trees, and then rose again, circling, settling and rising over and over again.  The birder (whose name I never did ask), said that an “irruption” was an incursion of birds that don’t normally winter in an area.

“But don’t some robins stay around here all winter?”

“Yes,” she replied, “but not in these numbers.  This is exciting!  They will get even more active as it gets darker, competing for a cozy place to spend the night.  Enjoy!”

And I did enjoy the event, as did just about all those who were making their way from the reception in one building to the other as night fell.  For more on bird irruptions, see http://www.birdsource.org/gbbc/science-stories/past-stories/winterbirdirruptions.html

By Linda Pickering, Docent

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