April 2016

From the Editor

Chuck Hagner

Questions answered

Learn about a memorable encounter with a Scarlet Tanager, American Bittern courtship, and why American Goldfinches glow.

Features

Whistles, buzzes, and trills

Whistles, buzzes, and trills

Four steps to take when you can’t identify a birdsong.

The chosen one

The chosen one

The amazing tale of a birder who came face to face with a Scarlet Tanager.

Five yards that birds love

Five yards that birds love

How homeowners from Washington to New York turned their yards into bird-friendly habitat.

Bittern surprise

Bittern surprise

A distinguished senior scientist describes the rarely seen courtship display of American Bittern.

Tablet Extras

Tablet Extras

See the articles from BirdWatching and other online resources that we added to our April issue.

Columns

Since You Asked

Answers to your questions

Answers to your questions

Reporting dead birds, holiday wreaths with orange berries, and robins sitting on eggs.

Birder at Large

Acorn conversion

Acorn conversion

How woodpeckers can spark a flame in young birders-to-be.

Attracting Birds

To your health!

To your health!

Steps to take to keep backyard water features safe for birds.

Amazing Birds

On the run

On the run

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

ID Tips

Palm Warbler

Palm Warbler

Comparing 'Yellow' and 'Western' Palms and Pine Warbler.

ID Toolit

Bright color

Bright color

How reflected light gives birds their most vivid plumage.

Hotspots Near You

Also in Every Issue

Birding Briefs

Birding Briefs

Important news about birds, birdwatching, and conservation.
Your View

Your View

Reader-submitted photographs, including the winner of our regular Photo of the Week contest.
Fieldcraft

Fieldcraft

A photo taken by a reader, along with a description of how the photographer got the shot.