February 2014

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

News for a new year

The new Sibley Guide, a new island home for Kirtland’s Warblers, a beautiful new place to stay while birding at Churchill, and (potentially) 10 new species of Red Crossbill.

Features

Like meteors from heaven

Like meteors from heaven

The sad story of the Passenger Pigeon, remembered 100 years
after it disappeared.

The new Sibley guide

The new Sibley guide

David Sibley tells us the changes he’s made to the revised edition
of his bestselling Guide to Birds.

Puzzle bird

Puzzle bird

Why beautiful, vocal Red Crossbill is a species at a crossroads.

Northern treasure

Northern treasure

A sustainable new place for birders to stay and learn in Churchill,
Manitoba.

Tablet Extras

Tablet Extras

See the Tablet Extras that we added to our February 2014 issue.

Columns

Since You Asked

Answers to your questions

Answers to your questions

How to attract wrens, what to do about sticky binoculars, and more.

Birder at Large

The field-guide gap

The field-guide gap

The yawning gap between field techniques and field guides.

Attracting Birds

From the ground up

From the ground up

Attract sparrows, but not House Sparrows.

Amazing Birds

Clever muscles

Clever muscles

The amazing muscles and bones that enable flight.

ID Tips

Barrow’s Goldeneye

Barrow’s Goldeneye

Identify Barrow’s and Common Goldeneyes.

ID Toolkit

Oddball birds

Oddball birds

What to look for the next time you see a partially albino bird.

Hotspots Near You

  • 177. Provo Airport Dike, Provo, Utah

    This earthen berm that winds around the Provo airport is a great place to find waterfowl, raptors, shorebirds, and passerines.

  • 178. Mercer Meadows, Lawrence Township, New Jersey

    A 1,600-acre park north of Trenton where you can find raptors and owls in winter and songbirds and other migrants in spring and fall.

  • 179. Black Butte Ranch, Sisters, Oregon

    A private resort in Deschutes National Forest where visiting birders can look for ducks, shorebirds, tanagers, chickadees, and 11 species of woodpecker.

  • 180. The Presidio, San Francisco, California

    This former army base, now part of the Golden Gate National Recreation Area, is a great place to look for songbirds, hummingbirds, shorebirds, and herons.

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.