From the Editor
My top Big Year birds
The most memorable birds and experiences from a record-setting global Big Year.
A flycatcher mystery
An acclaimed scientist and author deciphers the behavior of nesting Great Crested Flycatchers.
Compelled to care
The strange bird that provided unexpected assistance to nesting Mountain Bluebirds.
Birding Great Gull Island
Meet the colorful people who watch over the largest tern colony in the hemisphere.
See the articles from BirdWatching and other online resources that we added to our June issue.
Since You Asked
Answers to your questions
Telling apart male and female waxwings, keeping wasps out of bluebird boxes, and more.
Birder at Large
Rite of spring
Why I'm powerless to resist that old Big Day feeling.
Nests in your yard are delightful, most of the time.
Seeing with ears
How owls can find their prey even in total darkness.
Separating it from Philadelphia Vireo, and comparing eastern and western Warbling Vireos.
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.
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.
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.
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.