October 2017

From the Editor

Lee Mergner

A chat with Pete

The “Bard of Birding,” Pete Dunne, talks about his latest book, Birds of Prey.

Features

Connecting the dots

Connecting the dots

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

Masterful migrant

How tiny Blackpoll Warbler manages to cross a continent and an ocean each fall.

26 minutes of wow

26 minutes of wow

How a retired school teacher told the world about the breathtaking autumn swarms of Vaux's Swift.

Our grandest birds

Our grandest birds

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

Answers to your questions

Insights about Great Horned Owls, Red-bellied Woodpeckers, Willets, and Ruffed Grouse.

Birder at Large

The blue frontier

The blue frontier

Why it can often pay to look skyward for birds.

Attracting Birds

A sticky situation

A sticky situation

The pros and cons of feeding birds jelly.

Amazing Birds

The first migration

The first migration

The astonishing story of why young songbirds don't get lost.

ID Tips

Neotropic Cormorant

Neotropic Cormorant

How to differentiate Neotropic Cormorant from Double-crested.

ID Toolkit

The value of active observation

The value of active observation

Why you should take a little extra time to look at birds.

Hotspots Near You

Also in Every Issue

Birding Briefs

Birding Briefs

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

Your View

Photos submitted by readers.
Bookshelf

Bookshelf

Reviews of "The Wonder of Birds" by Jim Robbins and "The New Neotropical Companion" by John Kricher.