November/December 2018

 November/December 2018

Issue Features

Cover Species: White-tailed Ptarmigan: Worth the Extra Mile by Stephen Shunk

All Decked Out: rakes on Parade by Phillip Bonn

Rock Sandpiper: From Tundra to Rocky Shores by Stephan Lorenz

My Way: Too Many Field Guides? How Many Do You Need? by Hank Weber

A cryptic bird of high elevations graces the cover of this issue. It blends in with its rocky habitat in summer, but is nearly invisible in snow. Author Steve Shunk went to great heights to see the white-tailed ptarmigan—as is required. Photo by John Hill / Wikipedia.

In the Backyard

Young Citizen Scientists Take Wing by Amy Simso Dean

The Hyde Park Parakeets by Dave Aftandilian

For two years, students at Burroughs Community School in Minneapolis have joined bird watchers across North America as they watch winter bird feeders and submit their sightings to Cornell Lab of Ornithology’s Project FeederWatch. Read about their story in the November/December 2018 issue of BWD. White-breasted nuthatch photo by Bill Thompson, III.

Columns & Departments

Letters from Readers

Quick Takes by Paul J. Baicich

Migrations: Seabirds in the Land of Fire and Ice by Scott Weidensaul

Identify Yourself: Wow—The Northern Goshawk! by Alvaro Jaramillo

Spotlight on Florida

Birders Question Mark by Mark S. Garland

Pete's Tips: Better Bins or Spotting Scope? That Is the Question by Pete Dunne

True Nature: Cindy House: A Marvelous Specificity by Julie Zickefoose

Birding Photography: Birds in Action! by Jim McCormac

Far Afield: Santa Maria Valley-Style Birding by John M. Deacon

The Humble Birder Becomes a humble birder by Al Batt

Watching Bird Behavior: Mysterious Behavior: Kestrels, Warblers, Mourning Doves, and Disappearing Birds by David M. Bird

The Well-Equipped Birder: Lymeez Tick Gaiters by Ben Lizdas

Book Notes

Most birders are familiar with its smaller cousins, Cooper’s and sharp-shinned hawks. The goshawk is different, in size, shape, and power. Photo by F. Dahlmann / Wikipedia.

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