March/April 2019

 March/April 2019

Issue Features

Cover Species: Wilson's Snipe by Jim McCormac

Skydance of the Woodcock: A Unique Courtship by John W. Taylor

The Crow Is Smarter Than We Think by Butch Trahan

Spanish Conquest—Birding on a Budget in the Old World by Kathleen B. Siebert

Year of the Bird—Ohio Photo Contest

Warbler Mystery

Those who have participated in a snipe hunt might not believe this bird is real. Sometimes, truth is stranger than fiction. The Wilson’s snipe can sing with its tail, and has hinges on the tips of its long bill that allow it to feed without moving its jaws. This species will be found coast to coast in the next few months. Photo by B. Matsubara / Wikimedia.

In the Backyard

What Happened? I Wish I Knew by Don Grussing

My Way: Four-Ears Birding by Serafin Menocal

Encouraged by spotting bluebirds in his neighborhood, author Don Grussing installed two bluebird boxes in his yard. Everything was going perfectly, until something went very wrong. Photo by Gary Kramer.

Columns & Departments

Letters from Readers

Quick Takes by Paul J. Baicich

Migrations: Banding with Bob by Scott Weidensaul

ID Yourself: Outfoxed by Sparrows by Alvaro Jaramillo

Spotlight on Alberta

Birder's Question Mark by Mark S. Garland

Pete's Tips: Bird Festival 'Dos' by Pete Dunne

True Nature: Good Fences, Good Neighbors by Julie Zickefoose

Birding Photography: Lower, Lower, Lower... Get on Your Subject's Level! by Jim McCormac

Far Afield: Philmont Scout Ranch, New Mexico by Peter Kavouras

It's a Good Day When a Chickadee Is a Part of It by Al Batt

Watching Bird Behavior: Kestrel Intrigue by David M. Bird

The Well-Equipped Birder: Wandrd Prvke Backpacks by Ben Lizdas

Book Notes

The fox sparrow can be found across most of North America at various times of year. But those in the East look vastly different from western subspecies. Find out how to recognize fox sparrows wherever you are from bird ID guru Alvaro Jaramillo. Fox sparrow photo by Cephas / Wikimedia.

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