Listed below are all the Tablet Extras that we published in our February 2014 issue.
Click the links for more information. They will open articles from BirdWatching and other online resources handpicked by the editors.
Birding Briefs, pages 6-13
A new federal report says the rapid loss of coastal wetlands harms important waterfowl areas.
Behind-the-scenes photos of nine young Whoopers and their costumed handlers.
Scientists say the warming climate drives younger godwits to arrive earlier in spring than older birds.
CHRISTMAS BIRD COUNT
It’s more than a tradition. The CBC furthers our understanding of birds.
Another once-in-a-lifetime hummingbird from the west visits a Pennsylvania backyard.
Birder at Large, pages 14-15
Read our interview with Kenn Kaufman about his new Field Guide to Advanced Birding.
Read our conversation with Richard Crossley about his ID guide.
Here’s an interview with Jonathan Alderfer about the sixth edition of the National Geographic Field Guide.
Like Meteors from Heaven, pages 16-21
FLIGHT TO EXTINCTION
View the trailer for the documentary “From Billions to None: The Passenger Pigeon’s Flight to Extinction.”
MARTHA AND HER MINIONS
Watch and hear artist John Ruthven discuss his painting “Martha, the Last Passenger Pigeon.”
PROJECT PASSENGER PIGEON
Throughout 2014, Project Passenger Pigeon will use a documentary film and a host of exhibits and programs to raise awareness of human-caused extinction, explore connections between humans and the natural world, and inspire the building of sustainable relationships with other species. Find a calendar of events and information on how you can take part.
The New Sibley Guide, pages 22-25
TOP OF HIS GAME
Read our 2001 interview with Sibley about the first edition of his field guide.
EGUIDE TO BIRDS
Read our interview about The Sibley eGuide to Birds.
Read how Sibley keeps birds from hitting windows at his home.
ST. MARKS SORAS
Read his description of Florida’s St. Marks National Wildlife Refuge.
The Crossbill Puzzle, pages 26-31
David Sibley describes Type 2 and 4 crossbills in Montana and concludes that they “act like species.”
Sibley describes how to record the calls of crossbills with an iPhone.
Cornell’s Matt Young compares the vocalizations of White-winged Crossbill and four widespread types of Red Crossbill.
10 TYPES OF RED CROSSBILL
Young describes all 10 North American call types, including known ranges and flight calls.
SOUTH HILLS CROSSBILL
Craig Benkman’s 2009 paper describing Type 9 as a distinct species.
Comments from members of the AOU’s classification committee for and against Benkman’s proposal.
Birder Kenneth Irwin, the first to identify the Type 10 crossbill, explains his research.
Subarctic Treasure, pages 32-35
Watch a video about research conducted at the Churchill Northern Studies Centre.
Watch a video about Andy Johnson’s study of Churchill’s Whimbrels.
Watch a video showing Nathan Senner’s research on Hudsonian Godwit.
Read how researchers on Hudson Bay are changing our picture of the prince of birds.
Read about the Manitoba Breeding Bird Atlas and see maps of breeding locations.
Read the 2012 paper that provided first evidence of the amazing cross-hemisphere migrations of Northern Wheatear.
Hotspots Near You, pages 39-43
UTAH LAKE STATE PARK
Just north of the dike at the west end of Center St. Good for waterfowl and shorebirds; raptors and Snow Bunting in winter.
LINCOLN BEACH BOAT HARBOR AND LINCOLN POINT
Southwest of Provo at 4700 S. Lincoln Beach Rd., Spanish Fork. Shorebirds, wintering gulls, and nesting Snowy Plover.
8 miles west of ranch in Camp Sherman. Hotspot Near You No. 146. An extensive woodland. Migrating songbirds and 10 woodpecker species.
36 miles southeast of ranch in Bend. Hotspot Near You No. 155. A wastewater-treatment facility that is a magnet for migrating waterfowl and shorebirds.
LANDS END AND SUTRO HEIGHTS
Southwest of the Presidio in San Francisco. Hotspot Near You No. 11. Ocean birds, shorebirds, land birds, and spectacular views.
Just north of San Francisco in the Marin Headlands. Hotspot Near You No. 172. Hawk watch where more migrating raptors are seen than any other place in the Pacific states.
Amazing Birds, pages 44-45
CHISELS AND TONGUES
Why woodpeckers can hammer without getting headaches.
THE MYSTERY OF ANTING
The behavior is common and fascinating but not often seen.
Why more birds don’t have the gaudy plumage and extravagant displays of the birds-of-paradise.
Attracting Birds, page 46
ON THE ROAD
How to attract birds even when you’re traveling.
LAURA’S CONSERVATION BIG YEAR
Read a blog about Laura’s attempt to see as many birds of conservation concern as possible in a single year.
COMFORT AND SOLACE
The healing power of birds in the backyard.
WINDOWS OF OPPORTUNITY
Why suction-cup feeders are safest for birds and great for you.
Fieldcraft, page 54
OUR PHOTOGRAPHY GALLERIES
Spectacular photographs of birds, organized in five galleries: Backyard, U.S & Canada, World, Rarities, and Atypical Birds.
OUR FLICKR GROUP
Beautiful photos of birds from talented nature photographers around the globe.