Special features

Tablet Extras for June 2016

Listed belowBW1606_Cover_171x233 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.

 

 

007_BirdingBriefs

 

 

 

Birding Briefs, pages 7-13

HUMMINGBIRD MIGRATION
Ruby-throats are more than capable of flying nonstop across the Gulf.

ONTARIO BIRDING
A birding trail now connects southern Ontario’s best hotspots.

BLACKBIRD BLITZ
How you can report your sightings of Rusty Blackbirds this spring.

HAWK ID
HawkWatch International’s new app will help you ID birds of prey.

TANAGER GALLERY
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.

 

016_Top10

 

 

 

My Top 10, pages 16-21

BIG YEAR LIST
All the bird species recorded by Noah Strycker during his Big Year.

RAPTOR CALL
Listen to the high-pitched call of the Crowned Hawk-Eagle.

TAIWAN’S CRANE
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.

ICELAND’S BIRDS
The 300+ species that birders on Iceland have reported to eBird.

PENGUIN SOUNDS
Listen to Adélie Penguins recorded at Brown Bluff and other locations.

OVERLOOKED OWL
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.

 

022_Flycatcher

 

 

 

Nest helpers, pages 22-29

PHOTO GALLERY
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.

FORESTLAND OWNER
A 2011 interview with the author about his property in a Maine forest.

WINTER WORLD
Listen to a 2003 interview with NPR’s Weekend Edition Sunday.

 

030_Bluebird

 

 

 

Compelled to care, pages 30-31

INTERSPECIFIC FEEDING
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).

BLUEBIRD GALLERY
Reader photos of Mountain Bluebird.

NEST BASICS
Eldon Greij describes the wide variety of nests used by birds.

FOUR NUTHATCHES
Five photos of North America’s four nuthatch species.

 

032_GullIsland

 

 

 

Where terns rule, pages 32-37

GREAT GULL ISLAND
Information about the project, its discoveries, publications, awards, staff, and volunteers.

TERN WHISPERER
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.

FORT MICHIE
Photos and details about the fort that once defended the entrance to Long Island Sound.

INWOOD BIRDER
Joe DiCostanzo’s blog about birding in New York City region.

 

041_HNY

 

 

 

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.

Rattlesnake Mountain
25 miles to the northwest, in Benton County. The south slope has shrub-steppe habitat home to Sagebrush Sparrow and Sage Thrasher.

 

 

046_AmazingBirds

 

 

Amazing Birds, pages 46-47

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

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