From the Editor
Researchers are finally learning where Sooty Terns go after they leave the Dry Tortugas.
Icebox bird count
For participants in Minnesota’s northernmost Christmas Bird Counts, every bird is a good bird.
Ireland's Great Spots
The amazing story of the first woodpeckers to nest on the Emerald Isle.
See the articles from BirdWatching and other online resources that we added to our December issue.
Since You Asked
Answers to your questions
A potential hazard in your backyard, quinoa for birds, and more.
Birder at Large
How to count more birds during this year’s Christmas Bird Count.
What birds can smell
Birds use scents to find food, mates, even their way home.
This small songbird shows a remarkable amount of subtle variation.
You can recognize groups of birds by the way they move.
Hotspots Near You
221. Tanque Verde Wash, Tucson, Arizona
A tucked-away gem that attracts hawks, warblers, hummingbirds, and more.
222. Sax-Zim Bog, Meadowlands, Minnesota
About 200 square miles of black spruce and tamarack peatlands that features a mix of winter birds unmatched by any other North American location.
223. San Jacinto Battleground State Historic Site, La Porte, Texas
Look for shorebirds, warblers, sparrows, ducks, and other birds at this historic site east of Houston.
224. Baylands Nature Preserve, Palo Alto, California
A great place to look for Ridgway's Rail, avocets, and stilts on San Francisco Bay.