- Watching Backyard Birds
The cover of the July/August issue of Watching Backyard Birds features a greater roadrunner, which can be a backyard visitor in the Southwest. Read about an Oklahoma family that came to the rescue after storms destroyed a roadrunner nest—with nestlings. Hummingbirds also feature prominently in this issue, with two stories by Bill Thompson, III, including all you need to know about nectar feeders, and the fascinating life history of these flying gems. Julie Zickefoose reminds us to appreciate the riches of our local birds, including the spectacular blue jay, and Linda Gerding shares the joy she found watching the young green herons that nested in her backyard pond.
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Species Profile: Greater Roadrunner: Roadrunner Summer by Mary M. Merrifield
Watcher at the Window: Everyday Riches by Julie Zickefoose
Readers Write: Mein Heron by Linda Gerding
My Backyard: Being Bird Friendly by Dr. Dan Scheiman
All About Hummingbirds by Bill Thompson, III
Flowers and Vines That Provide Nectar for Hummingbirds
Hummingbird Feeders 101 by Bill Thompson, III
Short Stories from Al by Al Batt
Editor's Note: Your Garden: Let It Be
Bird Bites: Deceptive Flowers for Hummingbirds. Also: Use Only Sugar for Hummingbird Nectar.