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Tablet Extras for February 2017

bw1701_cover_171x224Listed below are all the Tablet Extras that we published in our February 2017 issue.

Click the links for more information. They will open articles from BirdWatching and other online resources handpicked by the editors.

 

 

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Birding Briefs, pages 7-13

REINTRODUCTION
The only parrot native to the United States gets a helping hand.

MACAW LISTED
Hyacinth Macaw has been proposed for ESA protection.

FINCH GALLERY
Photos to help you ID Purple Finch and House Finch.

PAINTED BUNTING
Five photographs of our most colorful songbird.

TOWERS
New guidelines mean energy saved, fewer birds harmed.

 

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Big Day Lessons, pages 16-19

ILLINOIS BIRDS
From the Illinois Ornithological Society, the official list of birds recorded in the state.

WILDCAT BIRDING
The author’s blog about birding.

LISTING CENTRAL
The American Birding Association’s archive of Big Day summaries and reports, as well as month, year, and life lists.

BIG DAY ECUADOR
A list of the 431 species recorded in Ecuador on October 8, 2015, setting the World Big Day Record (PDF).

 

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A Visit to Pihemanu, pages 20-25

THE MOTHER SHIP
A brief video showing the Laysan Albatross colony on Sand Island, Midway Atoll, in 2009.

LIKE AN ANGEL
A video showing a White (or Fairy) Tern preening at Midway Island.

FRIENDS OF MIDWAY
Information about birds, marine life, and plants from an organization working to preserve the atoll.

KILAUEA POINT
A map, directions, and tips for birding Kilauea Point NWR, Kauai, Hotspot Near You No. 96.

KAUA’I ALBATROSS NETWORK
A resource to promote safe nesting habitat for Laysan Albatross and other native birds.

TROSSCAM
From the Cornell Lab, a webcam that, during breeding season, shows Laysan Albatross nests on Kauai.

MELISSA GROO
Galleries of photos, as well as news and information about upcoming workshops.

 

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Exploring Portugal, pages 26-31

BIRDS OF SOUTHERN PORTUGAL
Video showing the birds and habitats around Lisbon and in the Alentejo and Algarve regions.

BUSTARD AND KESTRELS
From the League for the Protection of Nature, a video showing the release of a Great Bustard and two Lesser Kestrels in Castro Verde.

SPANISH IMPERIAL EAGLES
Video of the rare eagle flying and mating in Extremadura, Spain.

OTHERWORLDLY
Slideshow of photos taken in February 2015 at the Mina de São Domingo, near Mertola.

BIRDS AND NATURE TOURS PORTUGAL
Details about private and group birding tours in Portugal.

VISIT PORTUGAL BIRDWATCHING
Information about birds, birding tours, and birding sites in Portugal.

PICTURESQUE VILLA
The website of the historic Quinta da Praia das Fontes, in Alcochete.

WINDOWS ON THE STEPPE
The website of the Casa dos Castelejos, in Monte do Guerreiro.

 

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Hotspots Near You, pages 35-37

SITES NEARBY

Union Bay Natural Area, Hotspot Near You No. 8
On the shores of Lake Washington, 15 miles southeast of Edmonds. Features diverse habitat and birds.

Skagit Wildlife Area
About 45 miles north of Edmonds. A great winter spot for Snow Goose, swans, Short-eared Owl, Northern Harrier, and Bald Eagle.

Liberty State Park
About five miles north of walkway, on Freedom Way. A good place for owls, seabirds, and rarities such as Franklin’s Gull and Lark Bunting.

Stephen R. Gregg Park and Richard Rutkowski Park
Two adjacent parks about one mile northwest of walkway. Good for ducks in winter and spring migrants.

 

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Amazing Birds, page 38

A NEW LOOK
Some birds acquire their snazziest plumage without molting.

SHINING DYNAMOS
The clever ways Africa’s hummingbird-like sunbirds find nectar.

SIBLICIDE
Why would it ever make sense for one chick to kill another?

SEEING WITH EARS
How owls can find their prey even in total darkness.

ON THE RUN
Why ostriches, rheas, emus, and cassowaries don’t fly.

FEATHER BASICS
Why birds’ feathers come in so many shapes and sizes.

WHAT BIRDS CAN SMELL
Birds use scents to find food, mates, even their way home.

GRACE UNDER WATER
Adaptations that let birds dive and swim below the waves.

NEST BASICS
An astonishing array of nests, nest materials, and locations.