Editor Chuck Hagner explains why our annual mid-year roundup of new books — and feature articles about coffee, whip-poor-wills, and Peregrine Falcons — are sure to increase your understanding and enjoyment of spring’s birds.
By Chad and Chris Saladin
Dramatic photos show what happens when rival Peregrine Falcons compete for a preferred nest site on a bridge outside Cleveland, Ohio.
By John Nelson
Reminiscences of the role played by the whip-poor-will in two items of great beauty -- a famed short story by William Faulkner and a friendship with two Massachusetts birding legends.
Books for Birdwatchers
By Chuck Hagner, Matt Mendenhall
The 19 most notable books about birds and birdwatching from the first half of 2013, selected by the editors of BirdWatching.
The True Cost of Coffee: Your Questions Answered
By Julie Craves
Answers to readers' questions about our February 2013 article about coffee and birds, and a list of popular coffee brands that are bad for birds.
Since You Asked
Answers to your questions
By Julie Craves
Why we call a group of crows a murder, and what to do to keep nest mites from migrating to your home.
Birder at Large
By Pete Dunne
How Mother Nature balances gains and losses among bird species.
Bird by Bird
By Laura Erickson
Five simple ways you can make your yard list grow.
When Eggs Hatch
By Eldon Greij
How large and small eggs and long and short incubation periods affect different hatchlings' survival chances.
By Kenn Kaufman
How to distinguish Gambel's Quail from California and Scaled Quail. Plus, what to look for to recognize the unusual Gambel's Quail X Scaled Quail hybrid.
Dealing with Variation
By David Allen Sibley
What to look for when a bird looks other than expected.