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.
Birding Briefs, pages 7-13
ON THE MOVE MAPS:
Snowy enigma, pages 18-25
See photographs of Snowy Owls.
A continuing study of periodic Snowy Owl irruptions co-founded by Scott Weidensaul.
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.
The author’s website, describing his publications, research interests, and public appearances.
A video in which Scott Weidensaul bands an Allen’s Hummingbird in Pennsylvania.
Early birds, pages 26-31
Scroll through all 114 drawings.
BIRDS OF AMERICA
The complete set of 435 plates from Audubon’s masterpiece, housed at the University of Pittsburgh.
The National Audubon Society’s brief biography of the artist.
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.”
Learn about Audubon’s first home in America, now preserved as the John James Audubon Center at Mill Grove, in Pennsylvania.
Northern novelty, pages 32-37
Excellent reader photographs of Turkey Vultures.
Turkey Vultures in Pennsylvania and Brazil have been documented soaring in artificial updrafts.
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.
The website of the prairie naturalist, activist, and writer.
Read about the trogons, hummingbirds, and other Mexican specialties you can see near the famous hawkwatch.
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.
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.
Attracting Birds, page 48
The pleasures of finding life birds for a new puppy.
BULLIES AND MAVERICKS
Simple chickadees observe a complex social hierarchy.