May/June 2019 From the Editor Common courtesy By Matt Mendenhall When it comes to chasing rarities, sometimes we need to check our impulses. Features Dance of the Red Knot By Cheryl Lyn Dybas New hope emerges for the horseshoe crab — and the well-traveled shorebird that relies on it. Taking flight By Kenn Kaufman Ten years ago, birders in Ohio launched a new bird festival and had an assist when North America’s rarest warbler showed up. Flower power By Ronald Zigler A blooming hawthorn tree provides a spring birding bonus for Pennsylvania homeowners. A birder discovers butterflies By Brian Magnier Why it’s worth aiming your binoculars down and trying your eye at the delicate beauties. Dream destinations By Wendy Willis Nine top sites in the Americas where birders can see — and assist — birds of conservation concern. Columns Since You Asked Answers to your questions By Julie Craves Whether Osprey always eat fish, clues left by a pigeon predator, and how birds deal with consuming salt. Birder at Large Blueprint for a Big Day By Pete Dunne Advice for a fun and challenging 24 hours in the field. Amazing Birds Learning to sing By Eldon Greij How the cleverly wired avian brain enables young birds to carry a tune. Attracting Birds Keys to attracting orioles By Laura Erickson Oranges, nectar, and jelly can bring the pretty songbirds to your yard. ID Tips Snail Kite By Kenn Kaufman What to look for on this raptor that is expanding its range northward in Florida. ID Toolkit Understanding wing feathers By David Sibley Focusing on wing coverts can lead to further insights about birds. Hotspots Near You 289. Lewisville Lake Environmental Learning Area, Lewisville, Texas Visit this 2,000-acre preserve just north of Dallas/Fort Worth to find birds in prairies, forests, and wetlands. Published: 4/8/2019 290. Discovery Center, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania A site within Fairmount Park where you can find warblers, vireos, orioles, Osprey, herons, and other birds. Published: 4/8/2019 Also in Every Issue Birding Briefs Important news about birds, birdwatching, and conservation. Bookshelf 8 new books for birders. Your View Photos submitted by readers. Stay in touch with BirdWatching Keep up to date on all the latest birding news and info. Sign Up for Our Free Newsletter!