May/June 2019

 May/June 2019

Issue Features

Cover Species: Lazuli Bunting: Colors of the West by Barry Kent MacKay

My Brazilian Wedding by Charles Avenengo

Birding the Burn by Christina Sherr

Birding on a Budget in Paradise: The Dominican Republic by Kathleen B. Siebert

Barry Kent MacKay, the artist who painted the birds on the cover of this issue, profiles the lazuli bunting. Photo by B. Bouton / Wikimedia.

In the Backyard

Yellow Warbler in My Neighborhood by John H. Williams

Stick Figures by Hank Weber

My Way: DIY Birdseed Scoop by Dawn Hewitt

Bird photographer John H. Williams had long hoped to find a yellow warbler close to home. He did: an active nest. So, he set up his camera and documented the pair as it became a family over the course of several weeks. Yellow warbler photo by T. Tetzner / Wikimedia.

Columns & Departments

Letters from Readers

Quick Takes by Paul J. Baicich

Migrations: Go West, Young Man by Scott Weidensaul

Identify Yourself: Into the Muck with Marsh and Sedge Wrens by Alvaro Jaramillo

Spotlight on Nebraska

Birders Question Mark by Mark S. Garland

Pete's Tips: Wait by Pete Dunne

True Nature: A Bird Watcher Looks at Furry Animals by Julie Zickefoose

Birding Photography: Photographing Sparrows by Jim McCormac

Far Afield: Birding Rhode Island: The Ocean State by Jerry Uhlman

I Should Have Used a Bigger Hammer by Al Batt

Watching Bird Behavior: Begging Brewer's Blackbirds, Woodpecker Brains, Blotto Birds, and More by David M. Bird

The Well-Equipped Birder: Bino Dock Keeps Optics Handy by Marion and Rich Patterson

Book Notes

Marsh and sedge wrens nest in similar habitats, but it’s not hard to distinguish marsh and sedge wrens when you know their differences in appearance, vocalization, and behavior. There are also “cryptic” species within these two, which Alvaro Jaramillo predicts will be separate species someday. Marsh wren photo by B. Matsubara / Wikimedia.

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