May/June 2017

 May/June 2017

Issue Features

Our Cover Species: Magnolia Warbler by Jim Hausman

Birds and Battalions Birding Fort Hood by Craig Springer & Lesli Gray

A Special Sight at Malheur by Kathleen G. Elston

Searching for Ceruleans by Kevin Starner

The Harrier Moments of a Magical Father's Day by Eli Knapp

The magnolia warbler is a stunning sight to behold amid the freshly greening flora of spring. Photo by Bill Thompson, III.

In the Backyard

A Birder's List of 20 Things to Do Today by Al Batt

Look But Do Not See by Hank Weber

Chimney Swifts by Meta Larsson

Pete's Tips: Traveling with Optics by Pete Dunne

Most bird watchers keep lists: life list, yard list, trip list, state list, etc. Funnyman Al Batt also keeps a to-do list, and offers suggestions for birders.

Columns & Departments

Letters From Readers

Quick Takes by Paul J. Baicich

Migrations: 'Is This The Nature Guy?' by Scott Weidensaul

ID Yourself: Swifts by Alvaro Jaramillo

State Spotlight: California

Birders Question Mark by Mark S. Garland

True Nature: Puzzle Pieces by Julie Zickefoose

Birding Optics: Trade-Offs—in Birding and in Birding Binoculars by Ben Lizdas

Far Afield: Texas' Sky Islands and Hummingbirds by Madge Lindsay

Watching Bird Behavior: The Most Perfect Thing: The Egg by David M. Bird

Book Notes

Well-Equipped Birder: No Fly Zone Socks by Kyle Carlsen

Optics expert Ben Lizdas considers the costs and benefits of Porro vs. roof-prism binoculars, various objective lens sizes and magnification, and more, to help readers decide which is the best binocular for their needs and comfort. Photo by Bill Thompson, III.