Sesame Street
A visit from migrating birds
Air date January 20, 1989
Season Season 20 (1988-1989)
Written by Luis Santiero
Directed by Lisa Simon
Production November 10, 1988
Sponsors G, R, 3


Picture Segment Description
SCENE 1 Big Bird discovers a pair of sleeping birds in his nest. They wake up and introduce themselves as Peter-Paul and Marilou. Peter-Paul begins to explain how they've been flying south for the winter and need some rest, when Marilou suggests they sing instead. The two birds proceed to sing about how they've flown 40 miles from home. Big Bird allows them to stay and rest.
Film A bald eagle flies over houses, a beach, and other locations.
Music: Joe Raposo
(First: Episode 0411)
Cartoon Junior has to jump across the pond to make the frog chorus.
(First: Episode 0926)
Muppets / Cast "Sing Your Synonyms"
(First: Episode 2331)
Cartoon R for Rhinoceros
(First: Episode 2518)
Muppets Sesame Street News Flash: Humpty Dumpty has fallen off a wall, and Kermit interviews one of the king's horses. Humpty is put together again, but then Kermit gives him a congratulatory slap on the back, and he falls off the wall again.
(First: Episode 0657)
Elephant film
Film Elephants (African percussion soundtrack)
(First: Episode 0389)
Cartoon Circle in Space (with voiceover by Northern Calloway)
(First: Episode 1441)

SCENE 2 Snuffy and Alice stop by the nest to play with Big Bird. Alice has a hard time being quiet to prevent the migrators from waking up. They do anyway and asks for someplace to get some birdseed. Big Bird leads them to Hooper's Store, while Snuffy stays behind with Alice, who's fallen asleep herself.
Cartoon Three owls blink.
Artist: Owe Gustafson
(First: Episode 1469)
Muppets How Now Brown and the Moo Wave perform the song "Danger's No Stranger."
(First: Episode 2030)
Gorilla toon2
Cartoon G - gorilla (in man suit)
(First: Episode 0085)
Film People of all ages ride bicycles.
Music: Joe Raposo
(First: Episode 0616)
Muppets Ernie & BertBert says it's Ernie's turn to go to the laundromat. He puts numerous things in the laundry basket, including storybooks, cookies, his boots, and a radio. Before long, the basket has no room for the laundry, so he decides to go play baseball instead.
(First: Episode 0458)
Cartoon The story of sheep, or where wool comes from.
Artist: Bruce Cayard
(First: Episode 1524)

SCENE 3 Gina comes over to the outside table to take the birds' order. They open their mouths wide, acting as if a mother bird is going to feed them. Peter-Paul apologizes and, at the suggestion of Marilou, sings a song about how they used to be fed. Since they're so used to being fed, Gina acts like a mother bird to feed them their birdseed.
Cartoon A red man tries to get apples from a tree by himself, while a yellow man builds a ladder.
(First: Episode 0779)
Film Shopping for soup ingredients.
(First: Episode 0515)
Muppets Grover the Assistant: Grover volunteers to assist the Amazing Mumford in his suspension act. Grover will get on top of a platform, and Mumford will pull the pillar off from underneath, and the platform will not fall. The trick works, so Grover decides to try it himself, with Herry Monster as his assistant. Grover can't pull it off, and Herry falls.
(First: Episode 0292)
Cartoon R for rhinoceros, raquet, robot
(EKA: Episode 2443)
SCENE 4 Big Bird wonders why the birds have to fly south, since he doesn't do it himself. Marilou recites him a poem about why some birds migrate during the winter. She and Peter-Paul fly off to Miami, leaving Big Bird saddened.
Cartoon 3 doctors cure a sick 3.
(First: Episode 1627)
Celebrity Linda Ronstadt sings a special rewritten version of "Y Andalé" with a mariachi band.
(First: Episode 2487)
Cartoon Footprints move over to the tune of "Here Are Some Things".
(First: Episode 0505)
Muppets Pageant: How a flower grows
Gladys the Cow stars as a seed. Ernie plays a rain cloud and Herry Monster is the sun, whose attentions cause the seed to bloom into a flower.
(First: Episode 2420)
Song "What to Do Before We Eat?" We wash our hands, not our feet.
Animation: Paul Fierlinger
(First: Episode 1594)

SCENE 5 Big Bird misses the birds, when his phone rings. The call is from Peter-Paul and Marilou, who've made another pit stop and decided to call Big Bird on a payphone. He asks where they are and based on their descriptions of their surrounds and the nearby people, he sees that they're merely down the block by the Fix-It Shop. They hang up and head off, though Big Bird assumes their trip is going to be longer than expected.
Cartoon Gordon voiceover R/r (new sound effects added)
(First: Episode 2195)
Song David sings "Can You Tell Me What Belongs Here?"
(First: Episode 2467)
Animation See the lion walk.
(First: Episode 0993)
Muppets Kermit sings about his youth, or as he calls it, "My Polliwog Ways".
(First: Episode 1443)

Film / Cast Gordon hangs out in a classroom. He joins the kids and the teacher as they play with an elastic rope and get into different shapes.
(First: Episode 1068)
Cartoon A gorilla names "G" words.
(First: Episode 1831)

SCENE 6 Peter-Paul and Marilou write Big Bird a postcard, wishing he were there with them. It turns out they're still on Sesame Street, and Big Bird happens by them. They're happy to see their wish came true. Luis announces the sponsors and the credits roll.

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