December 2016 From the Editor Close to home By Chuck Hagner When spotting a beautiful bird changes your view of the world. Features An owl box of your own By Kevin Walsh To see a screech-owl, put up a screech-owl nest box. Dancing butterfly By Cheryl Lyn Dybas Why North America's most beautiful bird is also its most surprising. Overnight sensation By Johann Schumacher A first-hand account of Brooklyn's first male Painted Bunting. Surprise! By Maeve Kim How birding can amuse and delight, embarrass and horrify, baffle and inspire awe. Tablet Extras for December 2016 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 Size differences among male and female birds, flycatching gulls, and female robins sharing a nest. Birder at Large Open up By Pete Dunne A sound approach to making new birders. Attracting Birds More than bird seed By Laura Erickson Four major threats to birds may lurk in your yard. Amazing Birds A new look By Eldon Greij Some birds acquire their snazziest plumage without molting. ID Tips Borderland robins By Kenn Kaufman Identifying Rufous-backed Robin and Clay-colored Thrush. ID Toolkit Purple or House? By David Sibley Why shape and proportion are more reliable than color in distinguishing our backyard finches. Hotspots Near You 245. Lower Klamath National Wildlife Refuge, Dorris, California One of six wildlife refuges in the Klamath Basin, in southern Oregon and northern California. By Donna Barnett Published: 10/27/2016 246. Quintana Neotropical Bird Sanctuary, Quintana, Texas A haven for migratory birds on the central Texas coastline. By Evault Boswell Published: 10/27/2016 247. El Yunque National Forest, Rio Grande, Puerto Rico A tropical rain forest on the eastern side of the island where 15 endemic bird species can be found. By Jason A. Crotty Published: 10/27/2016 248. Anza-Borrego Desert State Park, Borrego Springs, California This vast park east of San Diego is home to about 300 bird species. By Chuck Graham Published: 10/27/2016 Also in Every Issue Birding Briefs Important news about birds, birdwatching, and conservation. Your View Photos submitted by readers. Bookshelf Reviews of Lost Among the Birds, by Neil Hayward, and Wild Notes, by Mike Lubow. Stay in touch with BirdWatching Keep up to date on all the latest birding news and info. Sign Up for Our Free Newsletter!