December 2016

From the Editor

Chuck Hagner

Close to home

When spotting a beautiful bird changes your view of the world.

Features

An owl box of your own

An owl box of your own

To see a screech-owl, put up a screech-owl nest box.

Dancing butterfly

Dancing butterfly

Why North America's most beautiful bird is also its most surprising.

Overnight sensation

Overnight sensation

A first-hand account of Brooklyn's first male Painted Bunting.

Surprise!

Surprise!

How birding can amuse and delight, embarrass and horrify, baffle and inspire awe.

Tablet Extras for December 2016

Tablet Extras for December 2016

See the articles from BirdWatching and other online resources that we added to our December issue.

Columns

Since You Asked

Answers to your questions

Answers to your questions

Size differences among male and female birds, flycatching gulls, and female robins sharing a nest.

Birder at Large

Open up

Open up

A sound approach to making new birders.

Attracting Birds

More than bird seed

More than bird seed

Four major threats to birds may lurk in your yard.

Amazing Birds

A new look

A new look

Some birds acquire their snazziest plumage without molting.

ID Tips

Borderland robins

Borderland robins

Identifying Rufous-backed Robin and Clay-colored Thrush.

ID Toolkit

Purple or House?

Purple or House?

Why shape and proportion are more reliable than color in distinguishing our backyard finches.

Hotspots Near You

Also in Every Issue

Birding Briefs

Birding Briefs

Important news about birds, birdwatching, and conservation.
Your View

Your View

Photos submitted by readers.
Bookshelf

Bookshelf

Reviews of Lost Among the Birds, by Neil Hayward, and Wild Notes, by Mike Lubow.