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Tablet Extras for December 2015

BW1512_Cover_170x223Listed below are all the Tablet Extras that we published in our December 2015 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

ON THE MOVE MAPS:

Greater Scaup
Common Loon

 

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Hurricane Terns, pages 16-21

WIDE AWAKE!
Listen to the calls of Sooty Terns at the Dry Tortugas, Midway Atoll, and other colonies.

BIRD LIST
Download a list of the 299 birds recorded at Dry Tortugas National Park.

THREADS UNTANGLED
Read Bill Robertson’s landmark 1964 report “The Terns of the Dry Tortugas.”

IN MEMORIAM
A remembrance of the Florida ornithologist published after his death in 2000.

EGG PATROL
How the U.S. Army Air Forces dealt with the Sooty Terns of Ascension Island during World War II.

NEVER CLOSE
Author Mark Hedden’s article about the many secrets of the Magnificent Frigatebird.

 

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Icebox Birding, pages 22-26

MINNESOTA’S BIRDS
A list of all 430 birds accepted by the records committee of the Minnesota Ornithologists’ Union.

MINNESOTA COUNTS
Maps and descriptions of Minnesota’s 76 Christmas Bird Count circles, along with historical data.

NORTH WOODS MAN
Videos by Martin Kehoe showing his cabin and the birds and other animals that can be found near it.

NATURAL EDITIONS
Author Sheryl DeVore’s excellent blog about the natural world, and especially birds.

WALLEYE WORLD
The website of the Lake of the Woods Tourism Bureau.

FLIGHTS OF NATURE
The blog of avian biologist Steven Bailey.

 

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Ireland’s Great Spots, pages 28-32

GREAT SPOTTED WOODPECKER
View a range map and listen to recordings of the species.

BIRDWATCH IRELAND
The nation’s largest independent conservation organization.

EIGHT PAIRS
Read the 2009 article by Dick Coombes about Ireland’s first woodpeckers.

ORIGINS
The paper describing where Ireland’s woodpeckers came from (PDF).

READER PHOTOS
See photos of Great Spotted Woodpecker posted in our galleries.

GLENDALOUGH
Home of woodpeckers and one of Ireland’s most beautiful destinations.

NIBIRDS
The website of the Northern Ireland Birdwatchers’ Association.

IRISH BIRDING
Find the latest sightings and photos of Ireland’s birds.

 

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Hotspots Near You, pages 41-45

Sabino Canyon Recreation Area, Hotspot Near You No. 34
About 12 miles from wash on N. Sabino Canyon Rd. Excellent desert birding and breathtaking canyon views.

Mount Lemmon, Hotspot Near You No. 166
About 34 miles north of wash via E. Catalina Hwy. A variety of habitats at different elevations. Red-faced, Grace’s, and Olive Warblers in spring and summer.

Amazing, accessible Alaska: Birding the Kenai Peninsula

Minnesota Valley NWR

Unbirded Alaska: Yukon Delta NWR

Monument Inn Restaurant
At the end of Independence Pkwy., next to the launch site for the Lynchburg Ferry. Shorebirds, gulls, and terns roost on sandy spit visible from the parking lot.

Baytown Nature Center
6213 Bayway Dr., across ship channel from San Jacinto. Five miles of trails, woodlands, marsh, butterfly garden.

Charleston Slough
3.1 miles from preserve on Terminal Blvd. at San Antonio Rd., within Shoreline Park at Mountain View. Great spot for shorebirds and American White Pelican.

Don Edwards NWR-Ravenswood
About six miles north of preserve at south end of Dumbarton Bridge. One of the best places on the bay for Western Snowy Plover.

 

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Attracting Birds, page 48

AT THEIR OWN PACE
Why I’m drawn to Cedar Waxwings.

DOGGED LISTING
The pleasures of finding life birds for a new puppy.

BULLIES AND MAVERICKS
Simple chickadees observe a complex social hierarchy.