June 2016 From the Editor Standouts By Chuck Hagner Stories that may make you want to slow down a little when you’re birding. Features My top Big Year birds By Noah Strycker The most memorable birds and experiences from a record-setting global Big Year. A flycatcher mystery By Bernd Heinrich An acclaimed scientist and author deciphers the behavior of nesting Great Crested Flycatchers. Compelled to care By Steve Zamek The strange bird that provided unexpected assistance to nesting Mountain Bluebirds. Birding Great Gull Island By Peter Paton Meet the colorful people who watch over the largest tern colony in the hemisphere. Tablet Extras By the editors See the articles from BirdWatching and other online resources that we added to our June issue. Columns Since You Asked Answers to your questions By Julie Craves Telling apart male and female waxwings, keeping wasps out of bluebird boxes, and more. Birder at Large Rite of spring By Pete Dunne Why I'm powerless to resist that old Big Day feeling. Attracting Birds Attracting families By Laura Erickson Nests in your yard are delightful, most of the time. Amazing Birds Seeing with ears By Eldon Greij How owls can find their prey even in total darkness. ID Tips Warbling Vireo By Kenn Kaufman Separating it from Philadelphia Vireo, and comparing eastern and western Warbling Vireos. ID Toolkit Song repertoires By David Sibley How the details of songs reveal details of birds' social lives. Hotspots Near You 233. Jamaica Bay Wildlife Refuge, Queens, New York On the outskirts of New York City, this refuge protects coastal wetlands that support sizable breeding populations of waterfowl, wading birds, songbirds, and Osprey. By Jesse Greenspan Published: 4/18/2016 234. Mount Evans Scenic Byway, Idaho Springs, Colorado Look for birds in conifer forests, tundra, high alpine lakes, and other habitats along the highest paved road in North America. By Chuck Graham Published: 4/18/2016 235. Cuyahoga Valley National Park, Peninsula, Ohio Located between Cleveland and Akron, this park is home to hundreds of bird species, including owls, warblers, and grassland songbirds. By Joshua Clark Published: 4/18/2016 236. Bateman Island, Richland, Washington An island in the Columbia River that attracts migrant songbirds, shorebirds, terns, and gulls, plus many breeding species in summer. By Lori Wollerman Nelson and Lisa Hill Published: 4/18/2016 Also in Every Issue Birding Briefs Important news about birds, birdwatching, and conservation. Your View Reader-submitted photographs, including the winner of our Photo of the Week contest. Stay in touch with BirdWatching Keep up to date on all the latest birding news and info. Sign Up for Our Free Newsletter!