September/October 2020

 September/October 2020

About This Issue

Issue Features

The Inaccessible: Island Rail: Rare and Fascinating Flightless Bird by Ross G. Cooper

Bird-safe Libations: How to Choose Your Drink to Benefit Wild Birds by Bryony Angell

Optics Review: Entry-level Spotting Scopes by Michael and Diane Porter

James Bond: Bird Watcher or Spy? by Hank Weber

Do not assume that a wine is bird-friendly because it has a bird on the label or is named for a bird. Contributor Bryony Angell explains how to determine which libations nurture wildlife and the environment. Photo by Adobe stock.

In the Backyard

Saved by Crows by John C. Weil

Rogue Robin by Joan Cwi

BWD contributor John C. Weil shares observations of avian intelligence in crows and other species. Photo by Bruce Wunderlich.

Columns & Departments

Letters from Readers

Migrations: Blame It on the Birds by Scott Weidensaul

Cover Species: The Amazing Return of the Trumpeter Swan by G. Cope Schellhorn

Identify Yourself: Orange-crowned Warblers: I Don’t See the Orange! by Alvaro Jaramillo

I Wanted to Have a Chat with a Chat by Al Batt

My Way: Toilet Paper That’s for the Birds! by Linda Coulter

BirdTography: Be Prepared by Bruce Wunderlich

Birders Question Mark by Mark S. Garland

Spotlight on Indiana

True Nature: Return of the Redtail by Julie Zickefoose

Bird Behavior: Reader Questions Answered by David M. Bird

Far Afield: Kilauea Point: A Refuge for the Birds by Tom Simpson

Book Notes

Redstart Birding

The world’s largest swan nearly went extinct in the early twentieth century, but reintroduction efforts have succeeded beyond expectation, and the majestic trumpeter swan is returning to its old breeding territories. Trumpeter Swan Photo by Seney Natural History Association / Wikimedia.

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