July/August 2021

 July/August 2021

Issue Features

The Alchemy of Owls by Eli J. Knapp

It All Depends by Hank Weber

Meeting the Neighbors by Mike McAuliffe

“How long do birds live?” Frequently asked by beginning birders, this simple question is a favorite for contributor Hank Weber. The answer is not a simple number. It depends on many different factors. Photo by B. Thompson, III.

In the Backyard

The House That Saved the Ducks by Sandra Fischer

My Way: Rearview Mirror Birding by Hugh Simpson

The Well-Equipped Birder: AeroPress Go Travel Coffee Press by Dawn Hewitt

Book Notes

A devoted landlord to the birds, contributor Sandra Fischer discovered how involved her pastime could get when a pair of mallards set up housekeeping in a backyard evergreen shrub. Photo by R. Bartz / Wikimedia.

Columns & Departments

Letters from Readers

Quick Takes by Paul J. Baicich

Migrations: Birds of Maine: A Life's Work Shared by Scott Weidensaul

Cover Species: The Curse of the Least Bittern by Dawn Hewitt

Identify Yourself: The Unappreciated Warbling Vireo by Alvaro Jaramillo

I took a photo of a bird I didn't see. Can I count it? by Al Batt

Wingbeats: Saving the Cerulean Warbler by Katie Fallon

Pete’s Tips: Coop or Sharpie—Again by Pete Dunne

Birders Question Mark by Mark S. Garland

Birdtography: 15 Dos and Don'ts of Approaching Birds by Bruce Wunderlich

True Nature: Vulture Nannies by Julie Zickefoose

Far Afield: Topping Kenai Fjords by Kevin Starner

Spotlight on Canada's Maritime Provinces: New Brunswick, Prince Edward Island, and Nova Scotia

Redstart Birding

BWD editor Dawn Hewitt started keeping her life list in 1979, but it took until 2005 for her to get her first clear, lingering look at a species that frequently eluded her: the least bittern. Photo by Shutterstock.

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