From the Editor
Learn about a memorable encounter with a Scarlet Tanager, American Bittern courtship, and why American Goldfinches glow.
Whistles, buzzes, and trills
Four steps to take when you can’t identify a birdsong.
The chosen one
The amazing tale of a birder who came face to face with a Scarlet Tanager.
Five yards that birds love
How homeowners from Washington to New York turned their yards into bird-friendly habitat.
A distinguished senior scientist describes the rarely seen courtship display of American Bittern.
See the articles from BirdWatching and other online resources that we added to our April issue.
Since You Asked
Answers to your questions
Reporting dead birds, holiday wreaths with orange berries, and robins sitting on eggs.
Birder at Large
How woodpeckers can spark a flame in young birders-to-be.
To your health!
Steps to take to keep backyard water features safe for birds.
On the run
Why ostriches, rheas, emus, and cassowaries don’t fly.
Comparing 'Yellow' and 'Western' Palms and Pine Warbler.
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.
230. Skokie Lagoons, Winnetka, Illinois
A series of wooded pools north of Chicago that is great for warblers, cuckoos, thrushes, and Wood Duck.
231. Viera Wetlands, Viera, Florida
Where to see waterfowl, herons, egrets, storks — and spectacular sunrises.
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.