Current issue

Current issue – April 2014

Beautiful, bi-monthly BirdWatching magazine (formerly Birder’s World) appeals to every bird enthusiast — from backyard birdwatcher to serious birder. Subscribers receive helpful hints for attracting and feeding birds, handy identification tips, photography pointers, info about where to find birds, superb color photography, and much more! Click the corners of the cover above to see inside!

From the Editor

Chuck Hagner

Favorite stories

By Chuck Hagner

Several stories in this issue are on my list of favorites.

Features

Where the saw-whets are

Where the saw-whets are

By Cheryl Lyn Dybas

Why spring is the best time for Northern Saw-whet Owls along the shore of Lake Superior.

Backyards that birds love

Backyards that birds love

By Matt Mendenhall

Photos of five bird-friendly properties, along with tips from the homeowners.

Special: Snowy Owls

Special: Snowy Owls

By the editors

A gallery of photos of the Snowy Owls that invaded this winter.

My long walk

My long walk

By Bill Mueller

The amazing story of one man’s walk across Wisconsin for bird conservation.

Tablet Extras

Tablet Extras

By the editors

See the Tablet Extras that we added to our April issue.

Columns

Since You Asked

Answers to your questions

Answers to your questions

By Julie Craves

The most dangerous bird, orioles’ weaving skills, and more.

Birder at Large

Truly great

Truly great

By Pete Dunne

My new tougher standards for what makes a great hotspot.

Attracting Birds

Choosy eaters

Choosy eaters

By Laura Erickson

Why the finches in your yard might shun Nyjer seed.

Amazing Birds

Fresh air

Fresh air

By Eldon Greij

The amazing way that birds breathe.

ID Tips

Lesser Prairie-Chicken

Lesser Prairie-Chicken

By Kenn Kaufman

Distinguish Lesser from Greater Prairie-Chicken.

ID Toolkit

Badges

Badges

By David Sibley

How birds signal with colors and patterns.

Hotspots Near You

  • 181. Luther Marsh WMA, Grand Valley, Ontario

    A large marsh northwest of Toronto where you can find waterfowl, songbirds, bitterns, cranes, terns, and more.

    By Van Waffle | Published: February 14, 2014
  • 182. Alley Pond Park, Queens, New York

    This city park attracts lots of warblers, vireos, orioles, thrushes, and other songbirds in spring, rarities in fall, and waterfowl in winter.

    By David Speiser | Published: February 14, 2014
  • 183. Lee Metcalf National Wildlife Refuge, Stevensville, Montana

    Go to this refuge on the Bitterroot River south of Missoula for swans, hawks, warblers, kinglets, woodpeckers, and owls.

    By Susie Wall | Published: February 14, 2014
  • 184. Mount Ord, Sunflower, Arizona

    This steep mountain northeast of Phoenix is where to find Arizona’s mountain warblers — Virginia’s, Black-throated Gray, Grace’s, Olive, and Painted Redstart — and many other birds.

    By Jim Burns | Published: February 14, 2014

Also in Every Issue

Birding Briefs

Birding Briefs

Important news about birds, birdwatching, and conservation.
Your View

Your View

Reader-submitted photographs, including the winner of our regular Photo of the Week contest.
Fieldcraft

Fieldcraft

A photo taken by a reader, along with a description of how the photographer got the shot.