March/April 2017

 March/April 2017

Issue Features

Our Cover Species: Hooded Merganser: Swamp Denizen by Leigh H. Fredrickson

Most Unfortunate: The Common Murre by Worth Mathewson

Birders Can't Ride Shotgun by Eli J. Knapp

Forays Through West Virginia: The Evolution of a Unique Birding Experience by Ryan Tomazin

Cue the Jaws Theme Song: Deer Eating Birds by Ed Kanze


A male hooded merganser in display. Photo by Gary Kramer.

In the Backyard

Do You Know the Way to San Jose Sewage Ponds? by Al Batt

Hawks at the Front Door by Mike Smeets

My Way: My Porch Is Full of Owl Poop and Bloodstains by Elsa M. Alvear Rodríguez

Pete's Tips: Scanning for Hawks by Pete Dunne


Close-up photography of red-shouldered hawks is easy when they nest near one's front door. Photo by M. Smeets.

Columns & Departments

Letters from Readers

Quick Takes by Paul J. Baicich

Migrations: Bug Hawks by Scott Weidensaul

ID Yourself: Mergansers by Alvaro Jaramillo

State Spotlight: Birding Wyoming by Dawn Hewitt

Birders Question Mark by Mark S. Garland

True Nature: Morning Breath by Julie Zickefoose

Birding Optics: Why Are Binoculars So Expensive? by Ben Lizdas

Far Afield: Copper River, Alaska by David W. Shaw

Watching Bird Behavior: Gray Jay Likely to Be Canada's Bald Eagle by David M. Bird

Book Notes

Well-Equipped Birder: SCOTTeVEST Featherweight Vest by Dawn Hewitt


It's a rare photograph that sticks in Julie Zickefoose's mind for years. But this one did: A photograph of the song of a red-winged blackbird, visible in its exhalation. Photo by Bryan Holliday.