April 2015 From the Editor Where the birds are By Chuck Hagner North America’s birdiest yard, Nebraska’s cranes, and more in our April issue. Features Return to Crane River By Cecily Nabors Changes highlighted by a pair of trips to Nebraska’s Platte 19 springs apart. A yard like no other By Matt Mendenhall, Managing Editor The special ingredients that helped a Texas yard attract more birds than any other. Sparrows by impression By Kevin T. Karlson and Dale Rosselet The authors of a new Peterson Reference Guide describe a novel way to identify little brown jobs. What beginners teach us By Maeve Kim Beginning birdwatchers know a thing or two about birds, birding, beauty, and enthusiasm. Tablet Extras By the editors See the articles from BirdWatching and other online resources that we added to our April issue. Columns Since You Asked Answers to your questions By Julie Craves Why Blue Jays imitate hawks, disappearing feeder birds, and more. Birder at Large Misidentifications are best By Pete Dunne Why you gain when you get them wrong. Attracting Birds Focus on fine points By Laura Erickson How photographing birds opened up a whole new world. Amazing Birds Cold feet By Eldon Greij The clever way birds keep unfeathered legs and feet warm. ID Tips Waterthrushes By Kenn Kaufman How to identify Louisiana and Northern Waterthrushes. ID Toolkit Find the singer By David Sibley Simple tricks that will help you locate a singing bird. Hotspots Near You 205. Key West Tropical Forest and Botanical Garden, Key West, Florida This lush garden just north of Key West has been called ‘one of the richest birding experiences in the lower Keys.’ By Shirley L. Ruhe Published: 2/13/2015 206. August A. Busch Memorial Conservation Area, St. Charles, Missouri Large area of forests and grasslands west of St. Louis is great for warblers, tanagers, ducks, hawks, and many more birds. By Charlene Oldham Published: 2/13/2015 207. Kettleson Hogsback WMA, Spirit Lake, Iowa More than 270 species have been recorded in this area of prairie-pothole marshes, lakes, oak woodlands, and remnant native prairie. By Doug Harr Published: 2/13/2015 208. Stillwater National Wildlife Refuge, Fallon, Nevada A wetland area east of Reno where you can find shorebirds, waterfowl, raptors, and more. By Audrey Medina Published: 2/13/2015 Also in Every Issue Birding Briefs Important news about birds, birdwatching, and conservation. Your View Reader-submitted photographs, including the winner of our regular Photo of the Week contest. Fieldcraft A photo taken by a reader, along with a description of how the photographer got the shot. Stay in touch with BirdWatching Keep up to date on all the latest birding news and info. Sign Up for Our Free Newsletter!