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An avid birder since age 12, Howard Youth is a freelance writer and editor specializing in natural history and wildlife conservation issues. He has watched birds on five continents and is completing a book on Washington, D.C.'s parks and wildlife.


A Winged View
By Howard Youth

ycling, running, horseback riding and walking—all of these activities put you in the catbird's seat for enjoying nature's star performers, the birds. Worldwide, about 10,000 species flit, nest and migrate, and just shy of one-tenth of them can be found in the United States and Canada. I have been a birder since 1978. In the meantime, birding has grown into one of the most popular outdoor hobbies in the United States.

Rail-trails and greenways provide ribbons of golden opportunity for birders. Explore these pathways and you go not just from point A to point B, but through varied and stunning settings rich in wildflowers, butterflies, amphibians, reptiles and mammals. But the birds, with their flashy colors, out-in-the-open activities and varied behaviors, usually catch the most attention.

It's nearly impossible to narrow down your viewing options to a reasonable list, but keep an eye out for these six interesting species, with hints at where you might find them.

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