January/February 2018

 January/February 2018

Issue Features

Cover Species: Dark-eyed Junco Diversity: More Than Meets the Eye by Jonathan Atwell

Birding Festival Roundup: Opportunties for Adventure by Phil and Leigh Creighton

Pocket Binoculars 2018 by Diane and Michael Porter

A Singular Pair of Parakeets by Kathy Piper

My Way: A List of Lists by Hank Weber

Bird Photography: Tripping the Shutter by Jim McCormac

They can have pink or gray flanks, gray or rosy backs; wing bars, dark hoods—or not. With such regional variation in field marks, just what is a dark-eyed junco? That's what ornithologist Jonathan Atwell is trying to figure out. Photo by Cephas / Wikimedia.

In the Backyard

Completely Flabbergasted by M.A. Weissmann

Hummingbirds in the Snow by Kate McLaughlin

Pete’s Tips: Bird Guides: Address the Optical Knowledge Gap by Pete Dunne

Hummingbirds in the snow: Who would have believed it? BWD contributor Kate McLaughlin is a USGS-certified master-class hummingbird bander operating the northernmost hummingbird banding stations in the world. She writes about her experiences with Anna's hummingbirds appearing in the Alaskan winter.

Columns & Departments

Letters from Readers

Quick Takes by Paul J. Baicich

Migrations: New Terrain by Scott Weidensaul

Identify Yourself: Sing Us a Song, Mr. Sparrow Man by Alvaro Jaramillo

Sick Birding by Al Batt

Birders Question Mark by Mark S. Garland

Spotlight on Alaska

True Nature: Peg Redux: Waking Up to Jays by Julie Zickefoose

Far Afield: Winter Waterfowling 'Rocket City,' Alabama by Jerry Uhlman

Watching Bird Behavior: Unexpected Predators by David M. Bird

Book Notes

The Well-Equipped Birder: Abeo Shoes by Bill Thompson, III

Take a good, long look at a song sparrow, advises bird ID guru Alvaro Jaramillo. By studying the details of such a common bird, you'll be prepared to recognize a similar species that is probably less common. Photo by Ryan Hodnett / Wikimedia.

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