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Beautiful, bimonthly BirdWatching magazine (formerly Birder’s World) appeals to every bird enthusiast — from backyard birdwatcher to serious birder. Subscribers receive helpful hints for attracting and feeding birds, handy identification tips, photography pointers, info about where to find birds, superb color photography, and much more! Click the corners of the cover below to see inside!

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January/February 2023

From the Editor

Matt Mendenhall

Memories, time, birds

Thinking back to a winter incursion of northern owls.

Features

How to find a snow chicken

How to find a snow chicken

Locating a superbly camouflaged White-tailed Ptarmigan ranks as one of the most rewarding birding adventures in North America.

Going on tour

Going on tour

Weighing a birding tour vs. traveling yourself? Our author saw 159 species, including 11 lifers, on an Alaskan tour.

Tango in the wind

Tango in the wind

On a hostile mountaintop in Patagonia, a select few witness the courtship dance of one of the rarest birds in South America.

Always listening

Always listening

How a Wi-Fi-enabled device can change your perceptions of the birds around you.

Columns

Attracting Birds

Hard-headed facts

Hard-headed facts

Study of woodpeckers shows that when they’re pecking trees, the bill and skull are designed to work as a single unit.

Birder at Large

A dream year

A dream year

Pete’s advice for where to bird around North America for an extraordinary 12-plus months of birding.

ID Tips

Golden-crowned Sparrow

Golden-crowned Sparrow

How to distinguish the various plumages of this sweet-singing sparrow.

ID Toolkit

Take a closer look

Take a closer look

When birds move, their appearance can change due in part to the lengths of various feathers.

Hotspots Near You

Also in Every Issue

Birding Briefs

Birding Briefs

A new avian endurance record, a new owl species on a small island, honeycreepers in the South, and a rare hybrid.
On the Wire

On the Wire

A film about bird rehabbers, the new Birda app, new books, and a young birder meets Jane Goodall.
Contest winners

Contest winners

The three winning images from our 2022 BirdWatching Photography Awards.