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October 2018

From the Editor

Matt Mendenhall

Birding your way

This issue of BirdWatching features four stories about the various ways birders bird.

Features

A year in one place

A year in one place

Along a degraded stream near Helena, Montana, a birder’s close observations through the seasons found a hemisphere of birds in motion.

A journey to 700

A journey to 700

How one birder built his North American life list — and learned to savor each new life bird along the way.

Consumed by counting

Consumed by counting

A half-century ago, no one had seen even 4,000 bird species. Now, some birders are homing in on the 10,000-species mark.

Fall and winter festivals

Fall and winter festivals

Our guide to birding festivals lists 70 events on tap from now through March where you can find cranes, hawks, and many more birds.

Columns

Since You Asked

Answers to your questions

Answers to your questions

Wasps in a bluebird nest, empty nectar feeders, and unusual prey that bluebirds feed their chicks.

Birder at Large

My patch

My patch

Where Pete goes to bird when time is short.

Attracting Birds

Tips for attracting warblers

Tips for attracting warblers

Natural food and water are key to luring the colorful migrants.

Amazing Birds

Elegance amid extremes

Elegance amid extremes

Flamingos' feeding behaviors allow them to thrive in harsh environments.

ID Tips

Orange-crowned Warbler

Orange-crowned Warbler

How to tell Orange-crowned from Tennessee Warbler.

ID Tips

Why birds pump their tails

Why birds pump their tails

The behavior is a signal to predators to move along.

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.