North American Birds

VOLUME 68 NO2 2015

A Quarterly Journal of Ornithological Record Published by the American Birding Association. The mission of the journal is to provide a complete overview of the changing panorama of our continent’s birdlife.

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N O R T H A M E R I C A N B I R D S 170 of birding over the past 200 years: from scientifc study still shaky on its feet, working primarily with specimen material in order to establish a sta- ble taxonomy and authoritative avifaunal record; through a very long period of "sight records" with few specimens or photographs; to our very recent age, in which almost all reports are accompanied by documentation, including photographs. In the frst few pages of Davis's massive Table 1, we see few accepted records (in boldface type), but by the last page, nearly every report is in boldface, even those albatrosses seen only by fshermen or "non- birders," as some would say. Who would have thought that albatrosses had been reported 156 times in eastern North America through 2014? As we produce larger and larger summary ar- ticles, on species like Painted Bunting, Kirtland's Warbler, and the albatrosses, we discover, some- times years later, that an error or two is present in the data-rich material. The albatross paper has just one that we know of: the record from Moncton, New Brunswick on line 86 of Table 1 should be in boldface, as it is considered accepted. In the large article on records of Kirtland's War- bler in migration by Michael A. Petrucha, Paul W. Sykes, Jr., Philip W. Huber, and William W. Duncan, we have a larger set of corrections. To the spring records from Michigan (see page 405), two previ- ously overlooked records of single birds should be added, in blue type to indicate acceptable sight records, from Ann Arbor, Washtenaw County: 12 May 1982 at Matthaei Botanical Gardens and 24 May 1984 at Nichols Arboretum (Kielb, M. A., J. M. Swales, and R. M. Wolinski. 1992. The Birds of Washtenaw County, Michigan. University of Michi- gan Press, Ann Arbor). Thus, on page 404, change the header for Michigan to read "(n=54; 52 accept- ed, 2 not accepted)". In Appendix 3: add a correc- tion for a report from Arkansas: "The report of a Kirtland's Warbler on 11 Sep 1972 in fact referred to a Magnolia Warbler (Bill Shepherd, Douglas A. James, pers. comm.). The error stems from the au- thors' misinterpretation of the primary reference to this bird (Clench, M. H. 1973. The fall migration route of Kirtland's Warbler. Wilson Bulletin 85: 417- 428). The bird in question had been banded, and when it was released after banding, it was held in such a manner that several tail feathers were shed. These feathers were saved, and when Doug James at the University of Arkansas/Fayetteville heard of this, he requested they be sent to him. Upon ex- amination, the distinctive white markings clearly showed the bird was a Magnolia Warbler." Cor- respondingly, on pages 387 and 389, the red tri- angle in northeastern Arkansas should be deleted from Figures 2, 3. On page 491, in Appendix 2 for Arkansas, the header should read "(n=2; 1 ac- cepted, 1 not accepted)" and change the color code to black for the line beginning "11 Sep 1972". n Memory Lane and the Digital Freeway The tradition of this journal that stretches far back, arguably back to Frank Chapman's Bird-Lore in 1899, has been an attempt to connect amateurs in bird study across the continent and to provide all with sound knowledge about bird distribution. The journal has served its purpose well over the course of the twentieth century. In the twenty-frst century, trends in bird distribution can be dis- cerned and explored through many other sources, most of them electronic and available to anyone with a computer connected to the internet. Some of these are stable resources, with records vetted by reviewers (such as eBird), and some sources online are not edited or vetted. None of these resources includes regular analysis of observations, such as this journal has attempted to do for most of its history. And so until such time as another resource offers readers a critical overview of what's happen- ing with birds in North America, this journal will have value for those interested in understanding the changing status and distribution of our birds. As is true of many other specialty journals, the rising costs of printing and mailing paper journals have compelled us to commence a migration into the electronic realm, and we have continued to of- fer printed journals even as we have begun to offer viewable and downloadable pdf fles of entire is- sues over the past two years. These issues are not only in full color (bye-bye, black and white) but also fully searchable for names of birds and people. Thanks to our many supporters and contribu- tors to the "Friends of North American Birds Fund," who are named here, and thanks to a recent deci- sion by the American Birding Association leader- ship, we will continue to offer printed journals, and we will also continue to make entire issues available online to subscribers (http://www2.aba. org/nab). It's also possible to read the journal on this site without downloading an issue; the "?" in the top navigation bar contains a tutorial on how to do that. In the future, it is likely that subscribers will be asked whether they would like to continue to receive a printed copy of the journal. Many of our readers have found the digital version (and the lack of clutter at home) very convenient, even lib- erating. If you haven't tried it out, check out the North American Birds online experience and give us your feedback! Corrigenda Our previous issue featured a massive review of re- ports of albatrosses in eastern North America, the product of seven years of research by Phil Davis. In it, all of us will discover a report about which we previously knew nothing. The article might seem dry at frst glance, but it contains extracts, often very colorful ones, regarding each albatross report, and in those we see the gradual evolution Editors' Notebook Editors' Notebook Friends of North American Birds –––––––––––––––––– $500-$1000 George F. Bing Paul E. Lehman Steven G. Mlodinow –––––––––––––––––– $200-$499 Bill Blakeslee Greg Jackson Robert O. Paxton –––––––––––––––––– $100-$199 James J. Dinsmore Sam Febba Wayne Irwin Mark W. Lockwood Mark B. Robbins Mark M. Stevenson Tim Stevens –––––––––––––––––– up to $99 Margaret J. C. Bain Kenneth Berlin Scott Pendleton Richard C. Rosche Carol Selvey Russ States

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