Autumn is just around the corner! We'll tell you what to watch for in your backyard and beyond. Test your knowledge of fall warblers, and much more!
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Top 10 Things to Watch for in the Backyard in September

There are many things to look forward to as autumn approaches—the leaves changing, the passing through of fall migrants, and the cooler nights. Here are a few of our favorite things to watch for in September. Fall migration is only part of the fun!
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8 Common Bird-feeding Myths Debunked
Bird-feeding conventional wisdom is riddled with bad information, but you are in luck! We have tried most everything in bird feeding at least once—and made nearly every mistake possible. Why? So you won't have to! Here are some common bird-feeding myths that we have debunked for you.
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Watch the Moon for Southbound Migrants
If the night sky is cloudless, aim your binoculars toward the moon, and watch. Most migratory land birds make their twice-yearly journey at night, including thrushes, warblers, flycatchers, sparrows, orioles, vireos, and cuckoos. Many start traveling just past dusk, and numbers tend to peak around midnight.
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Fall Warblers: Confusing or Not? Take Our Quiz!
Depending upon where you live in North America, warbler migration has begun. More warblers are heading south each fall than head north each spring because of the addition of hatch-year birds who have not yet faced the perils of migration. The density of birds to be watched suggests better birding during fall than spring—until someone mentions “confusing fall warblers.” Here’s a quiz we hope will prepare you to enjoy fall warbler watching. 
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Out There with the Birds Podcast Episode #75: An Interview with Artist Christina Baal
Artist, birder, and all-around amazing human Christina Baal joined host Wendy Clark for a wonderful talk about birding and the arts. Christina shares her personal story of an early love of art and nature and how that grew into her present-day artistic platform, Drawing 10,000 Birds. Christina speaks candidly, sharing stories about how birding, birders, and birds have lifted her heart—and her art—to new heights. We are proud to present Christina Baal as our November/December 2020 cover artist for Bird Watcher’s Digest!
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COVER SPECIES
The Amazing Return of the Trumpeter Swan
The world’s largest swan nearly went extinct in the early twentieth century, but reintroduction efforts have succeeded beyond expectation, and the majestic trumpeter swan is returning to its old breeding territories.
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TRUE NATURE
Return of the Redtail
Wildlife rehabilitator Julie Zickefoose is visited by the female red-tailed hawk she rescued from a barbed wire fence last fall. Julie ponders what the circling hawk recalls of her and the events of that unforgettable day.
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IDENTIFY YOURSELF
Orange-crowned Warbler: I Don't See the Orange!
Because the orange-crowned warbler’s namesake feature is rarely visible, this distinctively nondescript bird is often overlooked or mistaken for other species. ID guru Alvaro Jaramillo offers tips on how to distinguish this widespread warbler from its nearly identical cousins.


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