Birder's Guide

JAN 2019

Birder's Guide is the American Birding Association's newest publication. Each issue focuses on a key subject, providing tips from experienced birders on a wide variety of topics like Travel, Listing & Taxonomy, Gear, and Conservation & Community.

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15 January 2019 | Birder's Guide to Travel down wings, tails pointed skyward, le- kking male Sharp-tailed Grouse stamp their feet madly while showing off their orange brows and inflated purple air sacs. Emitting bubbling sounds, clicks, and low throaty cooing, each hopes its dance is the sexiest. Most of the grouse have awesome displays, but Sharp-tails' is so impressive that Native Americans imitate the display in their own dances. 11 | Black Swift Cypseloides niger Flying silently high overhead, these ele- gant and mythical swifts are notoriously difficult to find in migration and on their breeding range. Their young must be very hardy, as they are often reared behind waterfalls. Although rela- tively safe from predators, life must be oh-so-damp for a newly hatched chick. Adults spend all day foraging on flying ants, only returning at dusk, leaving their offspring alone all day. No wonder they are so hard to see! At some locations, such as Año Nuevo State Park in coastal central California, caves are used for nesting. Until recently, it was not known where Black Swifts wintered. There is so much we have yet to learn about these mysterious swifts. # 8 # 9 # 10 Photo © Doug Brown Photo © Kevin Karlson Photo © James R. Page

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