In the June issue of Birding, we visit birds & birders throughout the Americas, from Missoula, Montana, for deep appreciation of kingfishers, to South Texas for charismatic Hook-billed Kites, the Neotropics for expert photography advice, and beyond. Let’s hop right in and see where we land.
Birders visit South Texas to see all kinds of spectacular birds – one of them being the unique, and uniquely gorgeous, Hook-billed Kite. Hook-billed Kites can be tricky to find, and Tiffany Kersten is here to help. In her Code Breakers article, she breaks down their features, their habits, and all the tips that will increase your chances of actually encountering this stunning bird.
One of the highlights of spring migration at Delaware Bay is the arrival of tens of thousands of shorebirds, especially Red Knots, to feast on horseshoe crab eggs. Conserving these birds also requires conserving the horseshoe crabs and their beaches, and that conservation takes work. Joe Moore describes his experience volunteering as a Shorebird Steward in 2021, teaching members of the public about the wildlife and their protection.
Zooming over to Missoula, Montana, author Marina Richie takes us on a deep dive of the seven years she spent observing Belted Kingfishers while she wrote her book, Halcyon Journey: In Search of the Belted Kingfisher. Marina shares some of the amazing observations she made, how spending time connecting with kingfishers helped her heal after the death of her father, and why she advocates for all of us to spend more time “deep birding.”
The Neotropics are a spectacular place to enjoy birds and bird photography, but it can bring some unique challenges, such as fast-moving hummingbirds and dark surroundings from thick canopy cover. Birder, guide, and photographer Jesús Antonio “Chucho” Moo Yam gives us his best tips and tricks, as well as shares some of his beautiful work.
Don’t forget to check out the Book & Media Reviews for reviews from Rachel Clark, Daniel Jonas, Heidi Trudell, and Aisha White, as well as Rebecca Minardi’s Bird Book Bulletin for some of the latest books & media on the market.
Frontiers in Ornithology has breakdowns of how radar data teaches researchers about migration, and what bird extinctions in the past show us about bird extinctions in the present.
As always, we hope you enjoy! If you have any stories or milestones you would like to share (about our Bird of the Year, or otherwise) in “Celebrations,” email me at email@example.com. I would love to hear from you.
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