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Tablet Extras for October 2015

Listed below are all the Tablet Extras that we published in our October 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:

Blackpoll Warbler
Harris’s Sparrow

 

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Snowy enigma, pages 18-25

PHOTO GALLERY
See photographs of Snowy Owls.

PROJECT SNOWSTORM
A continuing study of periodic Snowy Owl irruptions co-founded by Scott Weidensaul.

OWL HOTSPOT
A description, map, and driving directions to fields near Calgary where Snowy Owls gather every winter.

SNOWY VS. FALCON
An account of a clash between a Peregrine Falcon and Snowy Owl.

SCOTT WEIDENSAUL
The author’s website, describing his publications, research interests, and public appearances.

HUMMINGBIRD BANDER
A video in which Scott Weidensaul bands an Allen’s Hummingbird in Pennsylvania.

 

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Early birds, pages 26-31

ONLINE ARCHIVE
Scroll through all 114 drawings.

BIRDS OF AMERICA
The complete set of 435 plates from Audubon’s masterpiece, housed at the University of Pittsburgh.

NAMESAKE
The National Audubon Society’s brief biography of the artist.

REMARKABLE
Listen to a podcast from Yale University in which an antiquarian-books expert calls Birds of America “one of the most remarkable books ever created.”

MILL GROVE
Learn about Audubon’s first home in America, now preserved as the John James Audubon Center at Mill Grove, in Pennsylvania.

 

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Northern novelty, pages 32-37

 PHOTO GALLERY
Excellent reader photographs of Turkey Vultures.

VENT-PIPE THERMALS
Turkey Vultures in Pennsylvania and Brazil have been documented soaring in artificial updrafts.

MARKING VULTURES
The author’s 2005 paper describing the switch from leg bands to patagial tags (PDF).

OWL OF OWLS
C. Stuart Houston’s article about a one-of-a-kind Great Gray Owl discovered during the 2004-05 irruption.

TREVOR HERRIOT
The website of the prairie naturalist, activist, and writer.

BIRDING VERACRUZ
Read about the trogons, hummingbirds, and other Mexican specialties you can see near the famous hawkwatch.

 

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Hotspots Near You, pages 41-45

Port Stanley Lagoons
Just west of the village of Port Stanley. Great for shorebirds, waterfowl, and passing raptors. Large viewing stands next to the site accessible from the road.

Port Burwell Provincial Park
22 miles east of hawk watch on lakeshore. A 570-acre park good for spring and fall migrant songbirds.

Robert V. Riddell State Park
About nine miles from hawk watch off Hwy. 28. More than 1,000 acres of woodlands and fields.

Betty and Wilbur Davis State Park
About 35 miles from hawk watch off County Rd. 36A. Hardwoods, conifers, and meadowlands on 229 acres.

DeSoto National Wildlife Refuge
About 20 minutes northwest of Hitchcock. Great spot for migratory waterfowl and shorebirds and grassland birds.

Boyer Chute National Wildlife Refuge
On Cty. Rd. 34 near Fort Calhoun, Nebraska. Missouri River floodplain forests and wetlands provide habitat for more than 150 species.

Slate Peak
About two hours north of Chelan Ridge along Hart’s Pass. The highest place in Washington accessible by car. Peak offers topside views of birds that fly below eye-level.

Lake Chelan and Columbia River
South of Chelan Ridge off Hwy. 97. Nesting Osprey, and lots of open areas for shoreline birding.

 

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Attracting Birds, page 48

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

BULLIES AND MAVERICKS
Simple chickadees observe a complex social hierarchy.