This winter looks promising for those who feed birds. Learn why! Also, learn how to help stunned songbirds and find out where you can watch hawks!
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Seven Reasons This Winter Is Predicted to Be Good for Bird Feeding! 

Every winter, as darkness and cold surround the northern latitudes, many birds that nest in the great boreal forest—including hawks, owls, and songbirds—head south to find more abundant food sources. And each fall, a team of ornithologists combines reports of northern tree production (such as pinecones and bugs) and rodent populations, and combines this information with bird watchers’ recent observations to forecast irruptions and other bird movements in the months to come. The winter of 2020–2021 looks promising for those who feed birds.
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Window Strikes: What to Do with a Stunned Songbird
THUD! It’s a sound we hate to hear, but is all too common: A songbird has hit a window. How can you help it? Also, learn what you can do to try to prevent it from happening again.
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Autumn Is Peak Season for Hawk Watching
Most people who enjoy birds thrill at the sight of a distant raptor, and more so at a hawk, falcon, or eagle overhead. A few very special places provide views of dozens, hundreds, or even thousands of hawks a day during migration, especially in the fall. Ornithologists with the Hawk Migration Association of North America (HMANA), Hawkwatch International, and other organizations are stationed at such sites to tally raptors during migration and keep records, but visitors are usually welcome and encouraged to enjoy the show, too. Here are a few such hawk-watching sites, but there are many more.
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RESULTS OF OUR LAST POLL: In our last poll, we asked what apps you liked to use while birding. The results were fascinating! Merlin Bird ID and eBird both tied at 52%. 19% of respondents use Sibley Birds, while 11% use iNaturalist and 9% use the Warbler Guide. 35% report using other apps, and 32% prefer to carry a tried-and-true paper field guide during their birding excursions. Thanks to all who participated!



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Out There with the Birds Podcast Episode #78: An Interview with Dr. David Bird
David Bird has written the Bird Behavior column in Bird Watcher’s Digest since 1995. He’s well qualified: Recently retired, he was a professor of biology and wildlife management at McGill University in Montreal, Quebec, and researched kestrels, Cooper’s hawks, and other raptors extensively. He’s written or edited eight books on birds, and published countless academic articles. In 2017, he was awarded Canada’s most prestigious award for lifetime contributions to ornithology. More recently, he’s become an authority on the use of drones for research, including on nesting birds. In this episode of Out There With the Birds, BWD editor Dawn Hewitt asks Professor Bird whether his name had anything to do with his career choice—as well as about his lifetime of learning about birds. 
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Meet the BWD Family: President and Publisher Wendy Clark

They say a team is only as strong as its leader, which explains a lot here at Bird Watcher’s Digest. Our team has faced an unusual amount of adversity in the past couple of years, none more so than our president and publisher, but we—and she—are stronger than ever. Thriving actually! In March 2019, Wendy Clark took the reins of BWD, and she has been ably guiding us forward through loss and change since.

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COVER SPECIES
Yellow-billed Magpie
This bold, beautiful, and highly social species is unique to California, where it faces an uncertain future due to reduced habitat as well as a particular susceptibility to the West Nile virus.
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IDENTIFY YOURSELF
The Big-head Divers: Goldeneyes and Buffleheads
Winter often brings high densities of migratory birds to North America—especially waterfowl. Bird ID guru Alavaro Jaramillo takes a closer look at two groups of diving ducks, where to find them, and how to differentiate them from each other and the array of gorgeous duck species that visit this time of year.
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THE URBAN BIRDER
American Birds on Both Sides of the Atlantic
BWD columnist David Lindo reflects upon how his interest in birds evolved through his early life. Living in London, England, he was especially envious of America's bird list. Then he discovered that the two countries share a lot of species!


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