April 2016 From the Editor Questions answered By Chuck Hagner Learn about a memorable encounter with a Scarlet Tanager, American Bittern courtship, and why American Goldfinches glow. Features Whistles, buzzes, and trills By Tom Stephenson and Scott Whittle Four steps to take when you can’t identify a birdsong. The chosen one By David Flaspohler The amazing tale of a birder who came face to face with a Scarlet Tanager. Five yards that birds love By Matt Mendenhall How homeowners from Washington to New York turned their yards into bird-friendly habitat. Bittern surprise By Paul A. Johnsgard A distinguished senior scientist describes the rarely seen courtship display of American Bittern. 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 Reporting dead birds, holiday wreaths with orange berries, and robins sitting on eggs. Birder at Large Acorn conversion By Pete Dunne How woodpeckers can spark a flame in young birders-to-be. Attracting Birds To your health! By Laura Erickson Steps to take to keep backyard water features safe for birds. Amazing Birds On the run By Eldon Greij Why ostriches, rheas, emus, and cassowaries don’t fly. ID Tips Palm Warbler By Kenn Kaufman Comparing 'Yellow' and 'Western' Palms and Pine Warbler. ID Toolit Bright color By David Sibley How reflected light gives birds their most vivid plumage. Hotspots Near You 229. South Coast Botanic Garden, Palos Verdes Peninsula, California An 87-acre former landfill south of Los Angeles where birders have recorded more than 300 species, including many rarities. By Steve Wolfe Published: 2/12/2016 230. Skokie Lagoons, Winnetka, Illinois A series of wooded pools north of Chicago that is great for warblers, cuckoos, thrushes, and Wood Duck. By Joel Greenberg Published: 2/12/2016 231. Viera Wetlands, Viera, Florida Where to see waterfowl, herons, egrets, storks — and spectacular sunrises. By Ivan Green Published: 2/12/2016 232. Prairie Garden Trust, New Bloomfield, Missouri A protected area north of Jefferson City where you can find grassland sparrows, nesting warblers, and many other birds. By Henry Domke Published: 2/12/2016 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!