Listed below are all the Tablet Extras that we published in our December 2016 issue.
Click the links for more information. They will open articles from BirdWatching and other online resources handpicked by the editors.
An Owl Box of Your Own, pages 16-19
Reader photos of Eastern, Western, Whiskered, and other screech-owls.
SONGS AND CALLS
Recordings of tremolos and whinnies of Eastern Screech-Owls.
VOCAL AND ADORABLE
A video showing screech-owls at the World Bird Sanctuary, in Valley Park, Missouri.
Our review of Scott Weidensaul’s 2015 reference guide to owls.
WOODWORKING FOR WILDLIFE
Purchase a copy of Carrol Henderson’s book from Minnesota’s Bookstore.
Dancing Butterfly, pages 20-25
When and where Painted Buntings migrate in the United States, animated by eBird.
The true story of how former President Jimmy Carter saw his first Painted Bunting.
Reader photos of Painted Bunting.
AOU makes no changes to Northern Cardinal and Painted Bunting.
Why ornithologists proposed splitting Painted Bunting.
Overnight Sensation, pages 26-29
How New York’s CBS Channel 2 reported the bunting’s discovery.
IN LIVING COLOR
Video showing the bunting in Prospect Park on December 11, 2015.
HOTSPOT NEAR YOU
A description, map, and driving directions to Prospect Park.
From the Brooklyn Bird Club, a checklist of the birds of Prospect Park (PDF).
PROSPECT PARK ALLIANCE
The nonprofit that raises money for and oversees Prospect Park.
Surprise!, pages 30-35
From PBS, a video of ravens playing in snow.
Photos and a description of the Brown Booby spotted at Lake Champlain in August 2014.
A video showing an American Woodcock’s surprising dance.
A video of Vaux’s Swifts descending into the chimney at Portland’s Chapman Elementary School.
Hotspots Near You, pages 39-43
Tule Lake National Wildlife Refuge
Southeast of Lower Klamath NWR on Hill Rd. Headquarters for all six refuges in the Klamath Basin. Staging area for waterfowl in spring and fall. Clark’s and Western Grebes.
Klamath Wildlife Area, Miller Island Unit
12 miles north of refuge, off Hwy. 97. Nesting Sandhill Cranes, Ross’s, Snow, and Greater White-fronted Geese, winter raptors.
Quintana Xeriscape Nature Reserve
0.2 miles northeast of Quintana Neotropical Bird Sanctuary. Includes a trail and hummingbird garden. More than 240 species.
Beaches and jetties at Quintana and Surfside
Located on opposite sides of the Freeport Harbor Channel. Great for seabirds. More than 200 species each. King Eider recorded in 2008.
Reserva Natural de Humacao
On the Caribbean coast, approximately a one-hour drive south of El Yunque. White-cheeked Pintail, Caribbean Coot, Mangrove Cuckoo, Smooth-billed Ani, Green-throated Carib, Antillean Crested Hummingbird, Puerto Rican Woodpecker, and Puerto Rican Flycatcher.
Las Cabezas de San Juan Nature Reserve
At the northeastern-most tip of the island. A bioluminescent lagoon, mangroves, coral reefs, dry forests, and sandy and rocky beaches. About 100 bird species.
About 30 miles east of Borrego Springs. 380-square-mile sea surrounded by fields, riparian areas, and other habitat for birds.
San Elijo Lagoon, Hotspot Near You No. 27
Just south of Encinitas and 20 miles north of San Diego. More than 300 species, including Light-footed Clapper Rail, Western Snowy Plover, California Least Tern, and California Gnatcatcher.