Current Issue: November/December 2015

 November/December 2015

Issue Features

Our Cover Species: Bohemian Waxwing by John Williams

ID Yourself: Brown Ducks by Alvaro Jaramillo

Nighthawk Down by Emily Johnsen

Raptors: Sentinels of Ecosystem Health by H. Bruce Rinker

The Perils of Cheap Binoculars by Nina Cheney

Review: eBird Mobile App by Bean Friend

Minimal white near the eye, a rufous crissum, and a wide yellow tail band distinguish Bohemian waxwing from cedar waxwing. Photo by Randen Pederson / Wikimedia Commons.

In the Backyard

Dude! Where’s My Spark Bird? by Al Batt

The 10-Day Wonder by Duane Morse

My Way: Winter Birding in a City Park and Urban Neighborhood by Roger Chambers

Birders Question Mark by Mark Garland

Spark bird: The species that lit your fire as a bird watcher, the one that first made your rubber duck squeak, according to Al Batt. Photo by Dawn Huczek / Wikimedia Commons.

Columns & Departments

Letters from Readers

Quick Takes by Paul J. Baicich

After the Spark: Spark and Flame by Kenn Kaufman

True Nature: Birds and the Nature of Beauty by Julie Zickefoose

Bird Photography: Cataloging Your Photos by Emily Jones

Far Afield: Hotspot Valley: McAllen, Texas by Erik Bruhnke

Watching Bird Behavior: Hidden in Plain Sight: Camouflage in Birds by David M. Bird

Book Notes

Well-Equipped Birder: MeFOTO RoadTrip Tripod by Kyle Carlsen

What makes a landscape beautiful? For BWD columnist Julie Zickefoose, it’s the weedy waste places, alive with birds. Photo by Bill Thompson, III.

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