November/December 2016

 November/December 2016

Issue Features

Our Cover Species: Gyrfalcon: Noble Neighbors to the North by John Acorn

Cinnamon Teal: The (Slightly) Odd Duck by Carolyn Longstreth

Birding Iceland in Winter by Steve Shultz

What’s In a Name? A Brief Foray into Scientific Naming by D.M. Recktenwalt

BWD contributor John Acorn takes us north to the Alberta Grain Terminal in Edmonton, Canada, where gyrfalcons have fought for dominion for the past 24 years.

In the Backyard

Birding with a Mouthful of Much Obliged by Al Batt

Hi, Ben: A Robin's Story by Stuart M. Perkins

Landscapes Marred by the Absence of Birds by John C. Rumm

My Way: Protecting Birds from Cats by Dawn Hewitt

Pete's Tips: Wet Binoculars by Pete Dunne

'Tis the season to be thankful, and columnist Al Batt is grateful for birds, a specific busload of bird watchers, lightning with poor aim, and being alive today. You'll just have to read the story!

Columns & Departments

Letters from Readers

Quick Takes by Paul J. Baicich

Migrations: A Golden Harvest by Scott Weidensaul

ID Yourself: Brewer's and Rusty Blackbirds by Alvaro Jaramillo

Birders Question Mark by Mark Garland

True Nature: Vulture Exodus, End of December Days by Julie Zickefoose

Birding Optics: Tripods for Bird Photography 101 by Emily Jones

Far Afield: Birding the Salton Sea by Kayak by Chuck Graham

Watching Bird Behavior: Neophobic Behavior by David M. Bird

Book Notes

Well-Equipped Birder: Hummingbird Scope by Mollee Brown

Check out the ruby-red eyes of the males of this well-named species. Cinnamon teal is the only dabbling duck that does not breed in the prairie potholes of the Upper Midwest and Canada.

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