December 2013

Beautiful, bi-monthly BirdWatching magazine (formerly Birder’s World) appeals to every bird enthusiast — from backyard birdwatcher to serious birder. Subscribers receive helpful hints for attracting and feeding birds, handy identification tips, photography pointers, info about where to find birds, superb color photography, and much more! Click the corners of the cover above to see inside!

From the Editor

Chuck Hagner

Your most-wanted birds in the news

So much has happened since our last issue reached your mailbox that we barely found room in this issue to get it all in.

Features

Always around but never close

Always around but never close

Why researchers are in a hurry to learn the many secrets of the Magnificent Frigatebird

Year-round in the Arctic

Year-round in the Arctic

A hiker in Alaska’s frozen north discovers birds that don’t fly south for the winter.

Books for birdwatchers

Books for birdwatchers

Our editors choose 20 of the best new books about birds and birdwatching.

Tablet Extras

Tablet Extras

See the Tablet Extras that we added to our December 2013 issue.

Columns

Since You Asked

Answers to your questions

Answers to your questions

Why birds don’t avoid wind turbines, and what red and orange feathers say about birds.

Birder at Large

My town

My town

How being unable to drive helped me appreciate the number and diversity of birds near home.

Attracting Birds

On the road

On the road

Why you should pack a hummingbird feeder when you travel.

Amazing Birds

Chisels and tongues

Chisels and tongues

Why woodpeckers can hammer without getting headaches.

ID Tips

Barred Owl

Barred Owl

How to identify Barred and Spotted Owls.

ID Toolkit

Endpoints as clues

Endpoints as clues

What you can learn from where a bird goes when it flies away.

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.