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Our June issue features thrushes, jaegers, warblers, vireos, and the Amazon Kingfisher

BirdWatching Magazine, June 2017.
BirdWatching Magazine, June 2017.

The June 2017 issue of BirdWatching is available now at Barnes & Noble and other newsstands!

Our cover story is John R. Nelson’s chronicle of his birding trip on the Rio Negro gone askew due to an injury, yet still rewarding thanks to companions, caipirinhas, and copious Amazon songbirds.

With the 2017 release of Good Birders Still Don’t Wear White, the follow-up to the 2007 Good Birders Don’t Wear White, it only made sense for the June issue to include two excerpts from this joyful collection of birding stories: Chuck Hagner’s “Why I’m a Patch Birder” and Jen Brumfield’s “Chasing Jaegers.”

Read our interview with Lisa White, the editor of the Good Birders books.

In “ID Tips,” Kenn Kaufman describes how to identify Swainson’s Thrush from Gray-cheeked. And in “ID Toolkit,” David Sibley shows how a feather’s shape is more important than color for identifying from whom and whence it came.

Also in the issue:

  • Mary Caswell Stoddard spent the summer of 2007 monitoring the first Lesser Black-backed Gull to breed successfully in North America, and she chronicled its annual return to Maine’s Appledore Island for several years.
  • A new USGS/Smithsonian Migratory Bird Center report finds 10 bird species highly vulnerable to the effects of climate change.
  • We present maps, bird lists, and more for birding hotspots in the U.S. Virgin Islands and Montana.
  • Julie Craves of Michigan’s Rouge River Bird Observatory answers readers’ questions about martins’ flight-teaching skills, birds destroying squirrel nests, and why birds don’t make their own nests stronger.
  • Pete Dunne wonders how the pastime of birdwatching morphed into competitive bird-chasing.
  • Contributing Editor Laura Erickson muses on the surprising appearances of vagrant birds.
  • In our Bookshelf section, Senior Editor Matt Mendenhall looks at Hummingbirds, Volume 1, by John C. Arvin; and The Complete Guide to Bird Photography: Field Techniques for Birders and Nature Photographers, by Jeffrey Rich.

You can read the full list of the issue’s contents and see a sneak peek on our Current Issue page.

We hope you enjoy the issue. If you have comments about it, feel free to email Senior Editor Matt Mendenhall.



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