October 2017 From the Editor A chat with Pete By Lee Mergner The “Bard of Birding,” Pete Dunne, talks about his latest book, Birds of Prey. Features Connecting the dots By Ronald Zigler American Kestrel numbers have been dropping for 50 years. Scientists are racing to learn why and to turn around the fortunes of our most colorful falcon. Masterful migrant By John Kricher How tiny Blackpoll Warbler manages to cross a continent and an ocean each fall. 26 minutes of wow By Charles Bergman How a retired school teacher told the world about the breathtaking autumn swarms of Vaux's Swift. Our grandest birds By Pete Dunne Humans nearly killed off the largest soaring bird in North America, but thanks to the hardened resolve of many people, we have brought California Condor back from the brink of extinction. Columns Since You Asked Answers to your questions By Julie Craves Insights about Great Horned Owls, Red-bellied Woodpeckers, Willets, and Ruffed Grouse. Birder at Large The blue frontier By Pete Dunne Why it can often pay to look skyward for birds. Attracting Birds A sticky situation By Laura Erickson The pros and cons of feeding birds jelly. Amazing Birds The first migration By Eldon Greij The astonishing story of why young songbirds don't get lost. ID Tips Neotropic Cormorant By Kenn Kaufman How to differentiate Neotropic Cormorant from Double-crested. ID Toolkit The value of active observation By David Sibley Why you should take a little extra time to look at birds. Hotspots Near You 261. Hosmer Grove Campground, Haleakala National Park, Hawai’i This sliver of forest on Maui is a wonderful spot to find native honeycreepers as well as Hawaiian Goose (Nene) and the native subspecies of Short-eared Owl (Pueo). By Lance Tanino Published: 8/22/2017 262. Santa Maria River Estuary, Guadalupe, California One of the best places to bird in Santa Barbara County, this estuary is great for shorebirds, seabirds, and waterfowl. By John Deacon Published: 8/22/2017 263. Mount Auburn Cemetery, Cambridge, Massachusetts This green oasis in metro Boston is home to nesting hawks and owls and is an important stopover for spring and fall migrants. By Je Anne Strott-Branca Published: 8/22/2017 264. Cattail Marsh Scenic Wetlands, Beaumont, Texas More than 250 species have been recorded in the wetlands at Cattail Marsh, a wastewater treatment facility. By Evault Boswell Published: 8/22/2017 Also in Every Issue Birding Briefs Important news about birds, birdwatching, and conservation. Your View Photos submitted by readers. Bookshelf Reviews of "The Wonder of Birds" by Jim Robbins and "The New Neotropical Companion" by John Kricher.