August 2014 From the Editor Bird surprises By Chuck Hagner There’s still a lot about birds that we have yet to learn. Features Seabirds by sail By Chuck Hagner For intimate views of Maine’s puffin islands, nothing beats a cruise on a historic schooner. Uncommon raven By Susan Flakes A California birder shares life and loss with backyard ravens. The city shrike By Jerome A. Jackson The surprising reasons Loggerhead Shrike is doing well in South Florida. Make your birdwatching count! By the editors 50+ citizen-science projects taking place between now and January 31. Tablet Extras By the editors See the articles from BirdWatching and other online resources that we added to our August issue. Columns Since You Asked Answers to your questions By Julie Craves Mosquito-proofing your birdbath, why phalaropes spin, and more. Birder at Large Weather birds By Pete Dunne Why bad weather and good birding often go together. Attracting Birds The right thing By Laura Erickson Why you should send pigeons on their way. Amazing Birds Waste management By Eldon Greij How birds keep their nests tidy. ID Tips Flycatchers of the Southwest By Kenn Kaufman Learn to ID Buff-breasted Flycatcher, Thick-billed Kingbird, and more southwestern specialties. ID Toolkit Hidden color By David Sibley How the way a bird arranges its feathers can change its appearance. Hotspots Near You 189. Pere Marquette State Park, Grafton, Illinois A riverfront park an hour from St. Louis where you can hear owls in summer and watch eagles and pelicans in winter. By Charlene Oldham Published: 6/16/2014 190. Riding Mountain National Park, Wasagaming, Manitoba A vast park where boreal and hardwood forests, prairie grasslands, and aspen parklands meet, creating one of the best birding hotspots in all of Canada. By Glenn Bartley Published: 6/16/2014 191. Monticello Park, Alexandria, Virginia A tiny tree-covered city park just outside Washington, D.C., where you have to point your binoculars down, not up, to see warblers. By Shirley L. Ruhe Published: 6/16/2014 192. Fern Ridge Wildlife Area, Eugene, Oregon A lake, prairie, and savanna west of Eugene where more than 250 bird species have been recorded. By Noah Strycker Published: 6/16/2014 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!