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October 2013

October 2013

Beautiful, bi-monthly BirdWatching magazine (formerly Birder’s World) appeals to every bird enthusiast — from backyard birdwatcher to serious birder. Subscribers receive helpful hints for attracting and feeding birds, handy identification tips, photography pointers, info about where to find birds, superb color photography, and much more! Click the corners of the cover above to see inside!

From the Editor

Chuck Hagner

Four articles about discoveries

Articles about an out-of-range hummingbird, seawatching, and more provide convincing evidence that we are living in an age of discovery.

Features

The seawatching challenge

The seawatching challenge

The authors of the new Peterson guide reveal the tricks experts use to
identify distant, fast-flying seabirds.

Once-in-a-lifetime hummingbird

Once-in-a-lifetime hummingbird

Even Hurricane Sandy failed to budge a Rufous Hummingbird that spent the winter in Pennsylvania last year.

A rock that moves

A rock that moves

How private landowners are luring the Mountain Plover from the native prairie to plowed fields.

Why I love birdwatching

Why I love birdwatching

How good binoculars, Aldo Leopold, and the death of the author’s parents combined to make him a birdwatcher.

Columns

Since You Asked

Answers to your questions

Answers to your questions

Why birds yawn, why it’s difficult to judge a bird’s size accurately, and where your birds are when they’re not at your feeders.

Birder at Large

Last birds

Last birds

How far a birder will go to add missing birds to a life list.

Attracting Birds

Comfort and solace

Comfort and solace

How the healing power of birds outweighs the inconveniences of feeding.

Amazing Birds

The mystery of anting

The mystery of anting

The behavior is common and fascinating but not often seen.

ID Tips

Red-bellied Woodpecker

Red-bellied Woodpecker

How to ID Red-bellied, Golden-fronted, and Gila Woodpeckers.

ID Toolkit

Feather groups

Feather groups

How groups of feathers combine to create stripes and patterns on the heads of songbirds.

Hotspots Near You

Also in Every Issue

Birding Briefs

Birding Briefs

Important news about birds, birdwatching, and conservation.
Your View

Your View

Reader-submitted photographs, including the winner of our regular Photo of the Week contest.
Fieldcraft

Fieldcraft

A photo taken by a reader, along with a description of how the photographer got the shot.