Birding Online: June 2024

Associate Editor, Birding magazine

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On the cover: The Orange-tufted Spiderhunter, Peter Kaestner’s 10,000th species. Photo by © Allan Barredo.

The Orange-tufted Spiderhunter on the cover has gone down in history as Peter Kaestner’s 10,000th world bird. At the time that you’re reading this, it’s been a few months since Peter announced cracking the once-impossibly-high-ceiling of 10,000 species. In June’s Birding Interview, Peter joins Noah Strycker to talk about what it was like to build up to, and reach, this incredible milestone.

This issue ventures far afield, from the Phillippines, to the corners of the ABA Area, and into Central & South America.

In Ontario, James Lees saw & photographed a strikingly unique warbler, which appears to be a hybrid Magnolia Warbler x American Redstart. He discusses the experience and the bird’s distinguishing traits in the Featured Photo.

Photographer Mike Henry shares a treasure trove of tips and tricks on how to find, photograph, and appreciate nesting birds in Southeast Arizona.

Through clear descriptions and beautiful photographs, Gene Koziara cracks the code on how to find Swainson’s Warblers in southern Appalachia.

Julia Tchira, an Argentinian composer and birder, demonstrates how to listen deeply to birds, which in her case are Monk Parakeets and Great Kiskadees in Buenos Aires.

Georgia Silveira Seamens draws together the Caribbean and the eastern U.S. with the etymology of bird names as her guiding thread.

And Jesús Antonio “Chucho” Moo Yam, Birding‘s Latin America Correspondent, shares the incredible story of Dr. Bertha Patricia Escalante Pliego, who works together with a team of passionate conservationists, doctors, and volunteers to rescue, rehabilitate, and reintroduce Scarlet Macaws in Veracruz, Mexico.

In addition to all of these incredible features, the Book & Media Reviews take their full, extended form online. Click here to flip open to the reviews. This month,

  • April D. Campbell reviews “Better Living Through Birding: Notes from a Black Man in the Natural World” by Christian Cooper
  • M. Ralph Browning reviews “A Connecticut Yankee Goes to Washington: Senator George P. McLean, Birdman of the Senate” by Will McLean Greeley
  • Meg Scherch Peterson reviews “Birds of Arizona” by Richard Cachor Taylor
  • John Kricher reviews “The End of Eden: Wild Nature in the Age of Climate Breakdown” by Adam Weiz

As always, this is just the tip of the iceberg. Click here, or on the cover image above, to open up the issue and explore it yourself. We hope you enjoy! And until next time, happy birding.