North American Birds

VOLUME 68 NO4 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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V O L U M E 6 8 ( 2 0 1 5 ) • N U M B E R 4 555 lard, Robert A. Barnes, Joel Barrett (JBa), Lance A. M. Benner, Thomas A. Benson, Vern Bern- hart, Jim Billups (JiB), John Birsner (JoB), Jeff Bray (JBr), Martin J. Byhower, Les Canterbury, Iris Chow, Petra and Jack Clayton (P&JC), Da- vid M. Compton (Santa Barbara), Travis Coo- per, Zeke Cornell, Brad Dawson, Jack Daynes, Chris Dean, Nicole J. Desnoyers, Dean DiTom- maso, Darren Dowell, Tom M. Edell (San Luis Obispo), Elias A. Elias, Jesse Ellis, Ed Ervin, John S. Feenstra, Francesca Ferrara, Thomas Ford- Hutchinson, Alison A. Fox, Wes T. Fritz, Peter A. Gaede (PAGa), John F. Garrett, Kimball L. Garrett (Los Angeles), Peter A. Ginsburg (PAGi), Carol Goodell, Dave Goodward, Tina Gorelik, John Green (JoG), Jessica Griffth (JeG), Linnea S. Hall, Lyle Hamilton (LHa), Tim Hammond (THa), Rob Hargraves, Tom & Jo Heindel (Inyo), Kelli Heindel-Levinson (Kern), Louis Hoeniger (LHo), Bob Hogan, Mark A. Hol- mgren, Eric Hough, Chris and Rosie Howard (C&RH), Andrew Howe, Mike Huang, Terry Hunefeld (THu), Theresa Hyde (THy), Eric G. Kallen, Rodney Kimoto, Dan King, Alexander E. Koonce (San Bernardino), Howard B. King, Paige Knowles, Kenneth Z. Kurland, Andrew K. Lee, Mark Leggett, Paul E. Lehman, Nick A. Lethaby, Linette A. Lina, Sheri Lubin, Curtis A. Marantz, Debbie Marlow (DeM), Dan Maxwell (DaM), Sara B. Mayers, Guy McCaskie (San Diego and Imperial), Chet McGaugh (Riverside), Robert McKernan, Jimmy McMorran, Kevin Merk, Tony Metcalf, Thomas G. Miko, Brennan Mulrooney, Vic Murayama, Stephen J. Myers, Gary Nunn, Michael Park, Robert T. Patton, James E. Pike, David Pereksta (DPe), Kaaren L. Perry, Jason Pi- etrzak, Dave Povey (DPo), Keith Quinlivan, Jim Roberts, Kerry Ross (KRo), Martin Ruane, Karen Rusch (KRu), Matt Sadowski (MSa), Ben S. Sand- strom, Mike San Miguel Jr, Larry Sansone, Mark Scheel (MSc), Roger Schoedi, Bruce Schoppe, Brad K. Schram, Ginny Short, Brad C. Singer, Gregory P. Smith, Maggie L. Smith, Susan A. Smith, Adam J. Stacy (Ventura), Justyn T. Stahl (San Clemente Island), Susan E. Steele, Don Angeles 10 Jun (LAL), Pacifc Palisades, Los An- geles 17 Jun (MW), and Lower Otay Lake, San Diego 15 Jun (TC). A lingering Golden-crowned Sparrow was at Point Loma 8-11 Jun (GN). A very late Sooty Fox Sparrow at Point Loma 8 Jun (GN) appeared to be ill. Singing male Western Tanagers in San Luis Obispo at Cerro Alto Campground 8-25 Jun (with female; Jessica Griffth) and the Cypress Mountains Rd. summit e. of Cambria 21 Jun (TME) were in an area where only small num- bers breed; early moving birds were at Atas- cadero, San Luis Obispo 28 Jun (KJZ) and Go- leta 3 Jul (WTF). A Summer Tanager at Glacier Lodge, Inyo 29 Jul (T&JH) was at the excep- tionally high elevation of 2340 m; one at the Carissa Plain School 13 Jun (KW) was the frst for the Carrizo Plain in San Luis Obispo. Late spring or summering Rose-breasted Grosbeaks were at Thousand Oaks, Ventura 5-6 Jun (RA), Montecito, Santa Barbara 7-11 Jun (CG), Ven- tura 17 Jun (ET-G), Cajon Pass, San Bernardino 1 Jul (SJM), and Mountain Home Village, San Bernardino 6 Jul (male and female, female con- tinuing until 12 Jul; LC, AEK). Only 8 Indigo Buntings were reported during the period, all but one on the coastal slope. Concentrations of the rapidly declining Tri- colored Blackbird were reported only at Holi- day Lake in the w. Antelope Valley, Los Angeles 5-13 Jun (900-1000 birds; VB) and in the Mill Creek Wetlands near Chino, San Bernardino 14 Jun (400 birds; TAB), with smaller numbers in the South Fork of the Kern River; individuals at The Village Green in Los Angeles 18 Jun (DS) and Irvine 4 Jun+ (JBr) were at odd localities. Coastal Yellow-headed Blackbirds, scarce in summer, were at San Luis Obispo 26 Jul (DGS) and in Orange at Westminster 29 Jul–3 Jun (TFH) and the San Joaquin Wildlife Sanctuary, Irvine 14 Jun (TFH). A Scott's Oriole at N.E.S.S. 11 Jun (RMcK) was well away from breeding habitat. A male Cassin's Finch at Horsethief Canyon Park, San Dimas, Los Angeles 7 Jun (RH) was unexpected in this foothill locality. Two Red Crossbills were at Santa Cruz Island, where scarce and irregular in sum- mer, 29 Jul (JBa). Corrigenda: North American Birds 67, p. 651: the Broad-tailed Hum- mingbird locations on the e. slope of the Sierra Nevada were west (not east) of the Owens Valley, and the Black-and-white Warbler on 24 Jun 2013 was at San Clemente, Orange (not on San Clemente Island). Cited observers (County coordi- nators in boldface): Kris Alberts, Richard Aremerding, Larry R. Bal- mer records, and one on San Clemente Island 22 May–5 Jul (NJD) was quite unseasonable for the coast. A Varied Thrush on Figueroa Mountain 11 Jun (WvD) established only the third summer record for Santa Barbara. A Gray Catbird on San Clemente Island 8-26 Jul (JTS) was about midway between the spring and fall windows of vagrancy for this species. A singing Sage Thrasher in the Ventura portion of Quatal Canyon 1 Jun (ETh) was at the w. edge of the species' breeding range. The latest Cedar Wax- wing reported was at El Monte, Los Angeles 27 Jun (CD). WARBLERS THROUGH FINCHES An Ovenbird at Banning Park in Wilmington, Los Angeles 17 Jun (AKL) was a late spring va- grant. A Black-and-white Warbler was at Point Loma 16 Jun (GN), and another summered at Los Osos, San Luis Obispo 12 Jul–6 Aug (Mike D. Stiles). A stunning male Prothonotary War- bler was on San Clemente Island 29-30 Jun (JTS). With an unprecedented late summer stay, a Tennessee Warbler was at Hahamon- gna Watershed Park, Pasadena 20 Jul–19 Aug (DD). A Virginia's Warbler at Big Bear Lake, San Bernardino 18 Jul (LHa) was not far from known nesting sites. A Lucy's Warbler at Braw- ley 10 Jul (GMcC) was the earliest ever to arrive in fall in the Salton Sink. A female Common Yellowthroat on San Clemente Island 5 Jul was the frst for the island in that month (NJD). A singing MacGillivray's Warbler at University City, San Diego 8 Jun (JR) was late for the coast- al lowlands. Beyond those noted in the spring report, an American Redstart was at Chiriaco Summit, Riverside 4 Jun (DG), and a singing ad. male was at Oso Flaco Lake, San Luis Obispo 21 Jun–8 Jul (KRu). A Yellow-rumped (Audu- bon's) Warbler at Point Loma 30 Jun (GN) was unseasonable along the coast. A Yellow- throated Warbler was at University City 9-25 Jun (EE, SBM). A Hermit Warbler singing on Big Pine Mountain 14 Jun (CAM) was the sec- ond found there in summer. Two or 3 singing Wilson's Warblers were at Costa Mesa, Orange 11 Jun (RW), an apparently oversummering bird was at Playa Vista, Los Angeles 8 Jun–31 Jul (DS), and one in the Laguna Mountains 19- 25 Jun (JW, SAS) was s. of the species' recent documented breeding range; an exception- ally late spring migrant was at N.E.S.S. 11 Jun (RMcK), and a presumed early fall migrant was at Malibu Creek S.P., Los Angeles 30 Jul (LAL). A singing Clay-colored Sparrow was at Lake Hodges, San Diego 6 Jun (JTS), and another was at Point Loma 8 Jun (GN). A juv. Black-throated Sparrow at Garden Grove, Orange 16 Jul (TEW, LLA) was an early disperser to the coastal low- lands. Late gambelii White-crowned Sparrows in the coastal lowlands were at Pasadena, Los s o u t h e r n c a l i f o r n i a This territorial Yellow-throated Warbler remained faithful to an area of ornamen- tal pines adjacent to a large shopping mall and condominium complex in Univer- sity City, San Diego County 9-25 (here 18) June 2014. Photograph by Gary Nunn.

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