In his article, Mlodinow notes that the best way to tell apart the three nuthatches is to listen to them. That’s hard to do on the print pages of Birding magazine. But it’s no problem at all online. Click here to listen to the distinctive call notes of Carolina, Rocky Mountain, and Slender-billed nuthatches.
Along with Greenberg’s words and Garchinsky’s pastels, we present in this issue a first forBirding magazine: origami. Thanks to generous support from The Lost Bird Project–Fold the Flock, every ABA member has received with the May/June Birding an origami insert of a Passenger Pigeon, plus folding instructions and general information. Please consider posting a photo of your pigeon to the Facebook pages of the American Birding Associationand Fold the Flock. Right: Sarah Adams of Dahlonega, Georgia, posted this selfie to Facebook. Adams, who begins her junior year in high school next month, wryly commented, “We’re already best friends.”
Book Reviews. Continuing with the theme of the Passenger Pigeon, our first review in the May/June Birding is of Joel Greenberg’s A Feathered River Across the Sky: The Passenger Pigeon’s Flight to Extinction. Click here for Rick Wright’s review.
Next up is a review of “just” a regional avifauna. But oh what a region! It’s Birds of the Sierra Nevada: Their Natural History, Status, and Distribution, by Edward C. Beedy, Edward R. Pandolfino, and Keith Hansen. Click here for Jennifer Rycenga’s review.
Last but certainly not least is Jen Brumfield’s review of the long-awaited second edition of the epochal Sibley Guide to Birds. Click here for Brumfield’s review of the book widely known among birders as “The New Sibley.”
Featured Photo. Quick! Can you think of some of the hardest groups of birds to ID? There are the classic ID challenges: dowitchers and scaup, empids of course, “peeps” and sparrows, and the “confusing fall warblers.” But how about gnatcatchers? Seriously, the ABA Area’s four gnatcatcher species are quite tricky—especially when we’re dealing with plumages other than adult males in the breeding season.
Commentary. Harriet Davidson’s commentary, “On Rereading Jean Piatt’s Adventures in Birding” is a trip down memory lane. The commentary also implies a question: Are we birders really all that different now than we were in the mid-20th century, when Piatt penned his birding classic? Click here for further musings and interactive conversation. Right: Harriet Davidson, 95, reflects in the May/June Birding on how birding has changed—and stayed the same.