Current Issue: September/October 2015

 September/October 2015

Issue Features

Our Cover Species: Northern Harrier, A One-of-a-Kind Raptor by Jerry Liguori

ID Yourself: Cooper’s and Sharp-shinned Hawks by Alvaro Jaramillo

America’s Albatross by Carolyn Longstreth

Epiphany on Pilot Mountain: How the Raven Set My Soul to Rights by William H. Funk

Novice Birder: A Poem by Lin Jensen

Spectacular Svalbard by Donna Ikenberry

The northern harrier's face is owl-like, and it hunts actively at dawn and dusk, rather than watching for prey on a tall post during broad daylight. It can soar at high elevations, but mostly "soars" close to the ground. Photo by Jerry Liguori.

In the Backyard

‘Hey, You, Get On My Lawn!’ by Al Batt

Pileated People Magic by Bob Glotzhober

My Way: High Chair Birding by Lori Joyal

Birders Question Mark by Mark Garland

Watching Bird Behavior: Can Birds Taste? by David M. Bird

BWD columnist Al Batt asks, "Once you start looking at birds, when do you stop? And why would you want to?" Photo by Dawn Hewitt

Columns & Departments

Letters from Readers

Quick Takes by Paul J. Baicich

After the Spark: Flatland by Kenn Kaufman

True Nature: House Finches and Feeders: Spreading More Than Joy by Julie Zickefoose

Bird Photography: Excerpts from Secrets of Backyard Bird Photography by J. Chris Hansen

Far Afield: The Saginaw Bay Birding Trail: Thumb’s Up and Pointed in the Right Direction by Zachary Branigan

Book Notes

Well-Equipped Birder: BosStrap by Kyle Carlsen

Since 1994, house finches have been spreading a pathogen that usually proves fatal to infected birds. Songbird rehabilitator Julie Zickefoose confronts the disease.

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