Listed below are all the Tablet Extras that we published in our June 2016 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
Ruby-throats are more than capable of flying nonstop across the Gulf.
A birding trail now connects southern Ontario’s best hotspots.
How you can report your sightings of Rusty Blackbirds this spring.
HawkWatch International’s new app will help you ID birds of prey.
Seven of our favorite pictures of vivid Scarlet Tanager.
CROWS AND JAYS
How corvids will help trees survive fragmentation and climate change.
MALHEUR’S TRUE VALUE
Birders tell what Malheur, and all national wildlife refuges, mean to them.
My Top 10, pages 16-21
BIG YEAR LIST
All the bird species recorded by Noah Strycker during his Big Year.
Listen to the high-pitched call of the Crowned Hawk-Eagle.
See photos of the Siberian Crane that settled outside Taipei in December 2014.
BROADBILL IN ACTION
Watch and listen to a singing Black-and-yellow Broadbill.
The 300+ species that birders on Iceland have reported to eBird.
Listen to Adélie Penguins recorded at Brown Bluff and other locations.
Watch a Golden Masked-Owl in New Britain, Papua New Guinea, June 2015.
FULL OF WONDER
Our review of the author’s 2014 book The Thing with Feathers.
Nest helpers, pages 22-29
See photos of Great Crested Flycatcher.
SONGS AND CALLS
Listen to recordings of Great Crested Flycatchers.
BIRDS ON NESTS
Photos of Great Crested Flycatcher and five other birds on nests.
DEATH AND DYING
Heinrich’s 2013 interview with the New York Times about The Life Everlasting.
A 2011 interview with the author about his property in a Maine forest.
Listen to a 2003 interview with NPR’s Weekend Edition Sunday.
Compelled to care, pages 30-31
A review of interspecific feeding among birds, from the Journal of Field Ornithology (PDF).
NUTHATCH FEEDS BLUEBIRDS
A description of a Pygmy Nuthatch that fed four Mountain Bluebirds, from Western Birds (PDF).
Reader photos of Mountain Bluebird.
Eldon Greij describes the wide variety of nests used by birds.
Five photos of North America’s four nuthatch species.
Where terns rule, pages 32-37
GREAT GULL ISLAND
Information about the project, its discoveries, publications, awards, staff, and volunteers.
A New York Times video about Great Gull Island featuring Helen Hays.
IN HER OWN WORDS
A BirdNote interview with project director Helen Hays.
TERNS IN PARADISE
Our article about islets off the coast of Aruba that host more tern species than any other place on Earth.
Photos and details about the fort that once defended the entrance to Long Island Sound.
Joe DiCostanzo’s blog about birding in New York City region.
Hotspots Near You, pages 41-45
Prospect Park, Hotspot Near You No. 56
10.5 miles northwest of refuge. A migrant trap for warblers, vireos, flycatchers, thrushes, and orioles.
Floyd Bennett Field, Hotspot Near You No. 141
South of Belt Pkwy. off Flatbush Ave. A decommissioned airport with some of the city’s last grasslands. Sparrows, raptors, Horned Lark, dabbling and diving ducks.
Red Rocks Park, Hotspot Near You No. 117
21 miles east of Idaho Springs in Morrison. Popular concert venue is home to more than 200 bird species, including American Dipper and Peregrine Falcon.
Bear Creek Regional Park, Hotspot Near You No. 140
On Bear Creek Rd. in Colorado Springs. Great in spring and summer for warblers, vireos, hummingbirds, buntings, and woodpeckers.
Bath Nature Preserve
About 10 minutes west of the southern portion of park. Great for Bobolink and other summer grassland birds.
Aurora Sanctuary State Nature Preserve
About 13 miles east of park and two miles east of Aurora, off East Pioneer Trail. The oldest bird sanctuary in Ohio. Forests, ponds, and other habitats provide breeding and stopover sites.
W.E. Johnson Park
On Swift Blvd., seven miles northwest of island. Upland and riparian area; good for migrant and resident songbirds.
25 miles to the northwest, in Benton County. The south slope has shrub-steppe habitat home to Sagebrush Sparrow and Sage Thrasher.
Amazing Birds, pages 46-47
ON THE RUN
Why ostriches, rheas, emus, and cassowaries don’t fly.
Why birds’ feathers come in so many shapes and sizes.