Birding Online: January 2024

Associate Editor, Birding magazine

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The January 2024 cover of the Birding Magazine, featuring artwork by Natasza Fontaine. The cover shows a male Golden-winged Warbler perched in a tree, singing, and a female Golden-winged Warbler in flight below.

Cover: “The Journey,” by © Natasza Fontaine.

Happy new year!

We are thrilled to reveal the 2024 Bird of the Year: the Golden-winged Warbler, with a beautiful cover by Natasza Fontaine! We’ll be talking about this fascinating warbler all year. Let’s start by hearing from the Bird of the Year Artist, who you can actually enjoy listening to in two different formats: here, in an interview with Birding, and here, in the American Birding Podcast with Nate Swick.

For more Bird of the Year content, check out the the hybrid photo salon, written (and photographed almost entirely) by Gene Koziara, tips and tricks from Guillermo Saborio on how to find Golden-winged Warblers in Latin America, and Editor Frank Izaguirre’s Spectacles.

As a final Golden-winged Warbler note, please join me in celebrating the Bird of the Year by submitting your Golden-winged Warbler memories to Celebrations! You can share any story that makes your heart sing. All you need to do is email me at with your name, hometown, the date and location of your memory, and any details that make it special. I can’t wait to hear from you.

In other (amazing) news, can you believe that Peter Kaestner is on track to see 10,000 bird species? At the time of writing, he had 133 species remaining to that illustrious goal, and a detailed plan for how to close in with both international & domestic birding, as laid out in “The Final Stretch.”

If you’ve been reading Birding for a few years, you have seen a number of articles about Latin American birding & conservation by Jesús Antonio “Chucho” Moo Yam. He has been an incredible contributor to the magazine, and has now been named the official Latin America Correspondent. His first piece as the official correspondent is a gorgeous overview of birding in Belize.

Further north, in northern Ontario, Robert (Bob) Bell spotted something truly surprising: a red-tinged Eastern Phoebe, which turned out to be the first documented example of erythrism (abnormal presence of red coloration in a bird’s plumage) in this species!

Some other great features in the January issue include Rick Wright breaking down vagrancy in Dark-eyed Junco subspecies, the Birding Interview with Canadian ornithologist, writer, and international tour guide Jean Iron, and ABA Executive Director Wayne Klockner’s Primary Thoughts.

As always, the Book & Media Reviews blossom into their extended forms online. Click here to open up to the first review. In the January issue:

  • Julia Zarankin reviews Noah Strycker’s “National Geographic Birding Basics: Tips, Tools, & Techniques for Great Bird-Watching”
  • Mercedes Alpízar reviews Dale Dyer & Steve N. G. Howell’s “Birds of Costa Rica”
  • Rebecca Heisman reviews Jennifer Ackerman’s “What an Owl Knows: The New Science of the World’s Most Enigmatic Birds”

We hope you enjoy the January issue, and we look forward to a year of Golden-winged Warblers with you! Until we meet again, happy birding.