October 2016 From the Editor Working as intended By Chuck Hagner Three articles in this issue offer proof that the Endangered Species Act works. Features Close enough to touch By Jim Burns An encounter with an Elegant Trogon leaves a photographer with a whopper of a bird story. Windy City Peregrines By Josh Engel Why the world’s fastest animal is thriving in one of the world’s biggest cities. Forty years and counting By Pete Dunne The inside story of the Cape May Hawkwatch on its 40th anniversary. Celebrities of Staten Island By Joe Trezza The inspiring tale of the first Bald Eagles to nest in New York City in 100 years. Tablet Extras for October 2016 By the editors See the articles from BirdWatching and other online resources that we added to our October issue. Columns Since You Asked Answers to your questions By Julie Craves The toxicity of lawn-care chemicals, offering peanut butter to birds, and more. Birder at Large Birders without borders By Pete Dunne Why ecotourism ranks among the last century’s great movements. Attracting Birds The giving tree By Laura Erickson How Red-bellied Woodpeckers turned a bad spot into a good nest. Amazing Birds Shining dynamos By Eldon Greij How Africa's hummingbird-like sunbirds find nectar. ID Tips Say's Phoebe By Kenn Kaufman This western bird is among the most frequent vagrants to the East. ID Toolkit Checklist frustration By David Sibley How to make peace with changes to your checklist. Hotspots Near You 241. Corpus Christi Hawk Watch, Corpus Christi, Texas Where to see the largest concentration of migrating raptors in the United States or Canada each fall. By Jerry Liguori and Dane Ferrell Published: 8/23/2016 242. Putney Mountain Hawk Watch, Putney, Vermont This southeastern Vermont raptor watch tallied 9,250 birds of prey in 2015, its second highest total ever. By John Anderson Published: 8/23/2016 243. Bonney Butte Hawk Watch, Mt. Hood National Forest, Oregon This picturesque site is Oregon's largest known autumn concentration of migrating raptors. By Jerry Liguori Published: 8/23/2016 244. Rosetta McClain Gardens Raptor Watch, Toronto, Ontario A superb spot to watch hawks migrating along the shoreline of Lake Ontario. By Ron Pittaway Published: 8/23/2016 Also in Every Issue Birding Briefs Important news about birds, birdwatching, and conservation. Your View Photos submitted by readers. Bookshelf Reviews of The Genius of Birds, by Jennifer Ackerman, and The Extraordinary Beauty of Birds, by Deborah Samuel. Stay in touch with BirdWatching Keep up to date on all the latest birding news and info. Sign Up for Our Free Newsletter!