From the Editor
Editor Chuck Hagner explains why our annual mid-year roundup of new books — and feature articles about coffee, whip-poor-wills, and Peregrine Falcons — are sure to increase your understanding and enjoyment of spring’s birds.
Dramatic photos show what happens when rival Peregrine Falcons compete for a preferred nest site on a bridge outside Cleveland, Ohio.
Reminiscences of the role played by the whip-poor-will in two items of great beauty -- a famed short story by William Faulkner and a friendship with two Massachusetts birding legends.
Books for Birdwatchers
The 19 most notable books about birds and birdwatching from the first half of 2013, selected by the editors of BirdWatching.
The True Cost of Coffee: Your Questions Answered
Answers to readers' questions about our February 2013 article about coffee and birds, and a list of popular coffee brands that are bad for birds.
Since You Asked
Answers to your questions
Why we call a group of crows a murder, and what to do to keep nest mites from migrating to your home.
Birder at Large
How Mother Nature balances gains and losses among bird species.
Bird by Bird
Five simple ways you can make your yard list grow.
When Eggs Hatch
How large and small eggs and long and short incubation periods affect different hatchlings' survival chances.
How to distinguish Gambel's Quail from California and Scaled Quail. Plus, what to look for to recognize the unusual Gambel's Quail X Scaled Quail hybrid.
Dealing with Variation
What to look for when a bird looks other than expected.
Hotspots Near You
161. Estero Llano Grande State Park, Weslaco, Texas
Located just four miles north of the Rio Grande, a great place to find 30 South Texas specialties.
162. Floyd Lamb Park at Tule Springs, Las Vegas, Nevada
In this oasis in the desert northwest of downtown Las Vegas, four small lakes and plenty of trees attract birds year-round.
163. Gabriel Dumont Park, Saskatoon, Saskatchewan
An urban magnet for migrating warblers with a beautiful, panoramic view of the South Saskatchewan River in Saskatoon.
164. Presqu'ile Provincial Park, Brighton, Ontario
On the north shore of Lake Ontario, marshes and forests that host three world-class migration events every year.