December 2015 From the Editor Taking stock By Chuck Hagner Minnesota’s icebox, terns in the Dry Tortugas, and Ireland’s first woodpeckers. Features Hurricane terns By Mark Hedden Researchers are finally learning where Sooty Terns go after they leave the Dry Tortugas. Icebox bird count By Sheryl DeVore For participants in Minnesota’s northernmost Christmas Bird Counts, every bird is a good bird. Ireland's Great Spots By Iva Pocock The amazing story of the first woodpeckers to nest on the Emerald Isle. New books By Chuck Hagner and Matt Mendenhall Our year-end roundup of recommended books about birds and birding. Tablet Extras By the editors See the articles from BirdWatching and other online resources that we added to our December issue. Columns Since You Asked Answers to your questions By Julie Craves A potential hazard in your backyard, quinoa for birds, and more. Birder at Large Christmas counting By Pete Dunne How to count more birds during this year’s Christmas Bird Count. Attracting Birds Act of faith By Laura Erickson How planting a tree can ensure a brighter future. Amazing Birds What birds can smell By Eldon Greij Birds use scents to find food, mates, even their way home. ID Tips Bushtit By Kenn Kaufman This small songbird shows a remarkable amount of subtle variation. ID Toolkit Movement clues By David Sibley 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. By Jennie MacFarland Published: 10/20/2015 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. By Jim Williams Published: 10/20/2015 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. By Stephan Lorenz Published: 10/20/2015 224. Baylands Nature Preserve, Palo Alto, California A great place to look for Ridgway's Rail, avocets, and stilts on San Francisco Bay. By Kristin Butler Published: 10/20/2015 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!