From the Editor
We have a new website!
Editor Chuck Hagner describes our new and improved website, including our photo galleries, birding hotspots, and ID articles, and he outlines the new purpose and spirit that drives what we put online.
The 10 most-wanted birds in the United States and Canada, plus 10 things you didn’t know about each.
The whole world in my hand
On a windy western mountaintop, a birdwatcher holds a hawk normally seen migrating high overhead.
Reviled and loved, introduced and occurring naturally, the Muscovy is our most contradictory duck.
How to see most-wanted birds
Viewing locations, festivals, and tours for the 10 most-wanted species in North America.
Since You Asked
Answers to your questions
Whether Eastern Bluebirds nest in western Nebraska, thunder and eggs, Great Horned Owls that eat porcupines, and Julie’s spark bird.
Birder at Large
The magnetic appeal and undeniable importance of California Condor.
Windows of opportunity
How small window-mounted feeders prevent window collisions.
The colorful plumages and gaudy displays of birds-of-paradise.
How to distinguish Lesser Yellowlegs from Greater Yellowlegs and Solitary Sandpiper.
Why wing shape varies from bird to bird, and why you can rely on it as a field mark.
Hotspots Near You
165. Gaetz Lakes Sanctuary, Red Deer, Alberta
Alberta's first migratory-bird sanctuary is a great spot for waterfowl, woodpeckers, and songbirds.
166. Mount Lemmon, Tucson, Arizona
The highest peak in the Santa Catalina Mountains is where to see Arizona's specialty warblers, including Grace's, Red-faced, and Olive.
167. Mendocino Headlands State Park, Mendocino, California
A state park on the Pacific Ocean where the scenery is as spectacular as the birds.
168. Oak Hammock Marsh, Stonewall, Manitoba
A prairie just north of Winnipeg where hundreds of thousands of southbound waterfowl stop over in fall.