August 2013

From the Editor

Chuck Hagner

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.

Features

Most wanted

Most wanted

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

The whole world in my hand

On a windy western mountaintop, a birdwatcher holds a hawk normally seen migrating high overhead.

City duck

City duck

Reviled and loved, introduced and occurring naturally, the Muscovy is our most contradictory duck.

How to see most-wanted birds

How to see most-wanted birds

Viewing locations, festivals, and tours for the 10 most-wanted species in North America.

Columns

Since You Asked

Answers to your questions

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

Canyon condors

Canyon condors

The magnetic appeal and undeniable importance of California Condor.

Attracting Birds

Windows of opportunity

Windows of opportunity

How small window-mounted feeders prevent window collisions.

Amazing Birds

Billboard birds

Billboard birds

The colorful plumages and gaudy displays of birds-of-paradise.

ID Tips

Lesser Yellowlegs

Lesser Yellowlegs

How to distinguish Lesser Yellowlegs from Greater Yellowlegs and Solitary Sandpiper.

ID Toolkit

Wing shape

Wing shape

Why wing shape varies from bird to bird, and why you can rely on it as a field mark.

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.