David Allen Sibley has joined Birder's World.
Starting in our December 2007 issue (which will go on newsstands in the beginning of November) and continuing in each issue thereafter, you'll find a new column on bird identification featuring not only David's field-tested tips and keen insights on observing birds but also a piece of his beautiful artwork, created especially for each installment.
It's called "I.D. Toolkit."
Think of it as a rare opportunity to look over the shoulder of one of the best bird-identifiers in the business. Or as the perfect accompaniment to our other bird-ID column, the super-popular "I.D. Tips," written by another of the best bird-identifiers in the business -- Kenn Kaufman.
What's coming in December? David describes how you can identify flying songbirds even when you see nothing more than a fast-passing group of birdlike shapes. Forget colors. Forget patterns. You can ID them, David writes, by the shape of their flock. It's really fascinating. And useful -- I haven't looked at birds in flight the same way since I sent the issue to the printer!
Why don't you take a look and see if you feel the same way? Then please let me know what you think about "I.D. Toolkit." Share your thoughts and read what other readers think here.
I'll try to post more news, and maybe some photos, from Cape May a little later. --C.H.