February 2017

From the Editor

Chuck Hagner

Exploration and discovery

From Big Days close to home to visits to Midway, Peru, and Portugal.

Features

Big Day lessons

Big Day lessons

A Chicagoland birder recounts 11 lessons learned while doing three years of monthly Big Days.

A visit to Pihemanu

A visit to Pihemanu

A nest counter on Midway Atoll confronts millions of Laysan Albatross, tens of thousands of Bonin Petrels, and one lonely Short-tailed Albatross.

Exploring Portugal

Exploring Portugal

Southern Portugal is a great place for birders from the New World to discover the birds of the Old.

Tablet Extras for February 2017

Tablet Extras for February 2017

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

Columns

Since You Asked

Answers to your questions

Answers to your questions

Downy and Hairy Woodpeckers with washed-out plumages, premade hummingbird nectar, and more.

Birder at Large

Winter dynamics

Winter dynamics

Birds to look for in the season between migrations.

Attracting Birds

Feeders for conservation

Feeders for conservation

In Peru, bird-feeding stations are helping to protect habitat.

Amazing Birds

Mapping the way

Mapping the way

How odors and infrasound help birds find their way home.

ID Tips

Sparrows of the sage

Sparrows of the sage

Separating Bell's and Sagebrush Sparrows.

ID Toolkit

Seasonal differences

Seasonal differences

How a bird's overall shape can change with the seasons.

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 Cat Wars, by Peter P. Marra and Chris Santella; Am I Like You?, by Laura Erickson and Brian Sockin; and Birds of Paradise: A Coloring Expedition, by Edwin Scholes, Tim Laman, and Andrew Leach.