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Photo by Bill Thompson, III

Christmas Bird Counting

A long-standing program sponsored by the National Audubon Society, the Christmas Bird Count takes place each winter from December 14 to January 5 in designated 15-mile (24-km) circles across North America. Each circle count is conducted in one day. Thousands of bird watchers participate in this annual bird census, contributing data that is invaluable to assessing North American bird populations and guiding conservation action.
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American goldfinches flock at backyard thistle feeders. Photo by Randall Sholten.

Answers to Common Backyard Questions

We receive a lot of bird questions here at Bird Watcher's Digest. Since the earliest days of our magazine, we've taken seriously our responsibility as a source of accurate, reliable information about birds, so we've tried to answer each question as fully and clearly as possible. Some visitors have been taking advantage of the discussion features on our website and on Facebook to ask a variety of interesting questions or to chime in to address queries posted by other bird watchers. We've grabbed a few recent Q&As to feature here.
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Rusty blackbird. Photo by Andy Reago and Crissy McClarren / Wikimedia Commons.

Blackbird Trivia You Might Not Know

If you subscribe to Bird Watcher's Digest, you probably noticed the two rusty blackbirds gracing the cover of our September issue. Rusty blackbird is just one of several New World blackbirds that belong to the family Icteridae. Others include the abundant and familiar red-winged blackbird, the colorful and noisy yellow-headed blackbird, the Brewer's blackbird, and the tricolored blackbird. The family also includes... well, we'll save that for the quiz. No matter where on the continent you call home, you are sure to have blackbirds nearby. But how much do you know about them? Take our quiz to find out.
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