Right up front, on page 3, we tell how you can win a Leica Trinovid 42 binocular. That alone is reason enough to pick up the issue, methinks, but there’s lots, lots more.
We also tell how you can create bird-photography studio in your backyard, and describe how you can use a homemade water fountain to take pictures of warblers.
We include a profile of two fascinating western corvids, Pinyon Jay and Clark’s Nutcracker. (The article’s opening photo, taken by Marie Read, is a stunner.) Four local birders write about hotspots in California, Colorado, Tennessee, and New Jersey. We publish a gallery of recent rare-bird photos and six pages of other beautiful reader photos. And Managing Editor Matt Mendenhall and I recommend 18 new books about birds.
You can read what we wrote about two of the books: Wounded Warriors by Robert Vallieres, and The Thing with Feathers by Noah Strycker. And if you act fast, you can even win a copy of Strycker’s book. (Our contest ends on May 14.)
Also in our June issue…
Kenn Kaufman writes about Yellow-billed Cuckoo; David Sibley explains how to use nesting behavior to identify birds; and Pete Dunne credits four people who helped turned his boyhood curiosity about birds into an adult career.
Eldon Greij writes about the many ways birds pair up and mate, Laura Erickson describes an emotional visit to her mother’s long-neglected bird feeders, and Julie Craves answers readers’ questions about Yellow-rumped Warblers, nuthatch displays, suet, and the hazard posed by balloons.
And in “Birding Briefs”…
We report about the historic nesting of Hawaiian Goose, the importance of the Fraser River Delta to shorebirds, Bachman’s Warbler, seeds that birds like best, the spring migration of Vaux’s Swift, and festivals and events taking place in May and June.
It’s a good issue. You can see the contents page here. — Chuck Hagner, Editor
A special request
Inspired by our article about backyard photography, we want to prepare an article about how YOU photograph birds. Please help. Send a photo of your backyard setup along with a quick list of the equipment you use to firstname.lastname@example.org. Include “Backyard setup” in the subject line.