November/December 2020

 November/December 2020

Issue Features

Fab Five of the Far Northwest by John Shewey

Shakespeare’s Birds by Jerry Dennis

See Where They Fly: Banded Gulls in the Gulf of Maine by Jon Woolf

One Short of a Parliament by Eli J. Knapp

In the 1890s, Eugene Schieffelin, a member of the American Acclimatization Society, allegedly tried to bring all the birds mentioned in Shakespeare's works to North America. One species he released in New York's Central Park was particularly successful: The European starling. Photo by B. Wunderlich.

In the Backyard

Winter Shower by Carmen Christy

Mr. Creeper’s Neighborhood: Suet on a Tree Trunk by Don Grussing

My Way: Birding as Meditation by Mary Giraulo

New research comes out every year on the toll of a sedentary job and the stressful pace of modern lifestyles. BWD contributor Mary Giraulo shares her solution for restoring emotional balance: Take a walk and enjoy the birds.

Columns & Departments

Letters from Readers

Quick Takes by Paul J. Baicich

Migrations: On the Slope by Scott Weidensaul

Cover Species: Yellow-billed Magpie by Kenneth M. Burton

Identify Yourself: The Big-head Divers: Goldeneyes and Buffleheads by Alvaro Jaramillo

Constantly Counting Chickadees by Al Batt

Pete’s Tips: Learning Vocalizations by Pete Dunne

The Urban Birder: American Birds on Both Sides of the Atlantic by David Lindo

True Nature: The Naturalist’s Dilemma by Julie Zickefoose

Birdtography: The Ethics of Bird Photography by Bruce Wunderlich

Watching Bird Behavior: Brown Creepers and Readers’ Observations by David M. Bird

Far Afield: Birding Oklahoma’s Ouachita Mountain Foothills and Tenkiller Lake by Jerry Uhlman

Spotlight on Nevada

Book Notes


Redstart Birding

This bold, beautiful, and highly social species shares something in common with humanity: its population is threatened by a deadly and highly contagious virus. In the case of the yellow-billed magpie, the culprit is West Nile virus.

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