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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N O R T H A M E R I C A N B I R D S 568 P I C TO R I A L H I G H L I G H TS 1 • This singing Pacifc Wren, found 13 July 2014 by Derek and Jeannette Lovitch near Telluride, San Miguel County, provided a frst defnitive Colorado summer record of the species. The bird stayed through at least 19 July (here). The few previous defnitive state summer records of "stub-tailed" wrens are of Winter Wrens. The eastern subspecies of Pacifc Wren, salebrosus, can be remarkably Winter Wren-like in plumage, but the throat being rustier than the superciliary, the near lack of small white dots on the upperparts, and the reduced amount of barring below all point to Pacifc Wren. Photograph by Brenda Wright. 2 • This singing male Black Rail in Coshocton County, Ohio was discovered by a local farmer 7 (here 10) June 2014; after a period of quiet, a nest with seven chicks was found 15 July and photo- graphed the next day, making for a very rare breeding record in Ohio. Photograph by Jacob Roalef. 3 • As Blue-winged Warblers expand into new areas that are occupied by Golden-winged Warblers, hybrids abound. This male Lawrence's Warbler clearly had progeny at Fawn Ridge, in the town of Bristol, Ontario County, New York (here 15 June 2014). Photograph by Arthur Kirsch. 4 • This singing male Kirtland's Warbler, discovered by Andy Guthrie 1 June 2014 at Hamlin Beach State Park, near Rochester, New York, was enjoyed by many during its one-day visit. Remarkably, a second singing male was photographed in Jeferson County, New York later in the month. Although there have been several plausible sight records of the species in northwestern New York, this is the frst one documented for the state and indeed for the Hudson- Delaware region. Photograph by Jay McGowan. 5 • Mike Hiotis found this golden-plover at a sod farm near Pittstown, Hunterdon County, New Jersey 19 July 2014. When photographed the following day, it proved to be a European Golden-Plover, only the second record for the Hudson-Delaware region, following one in Delaware in September 2009. Photograph by Alan Mart. 6 • Finding a stunning breeding-plumaged Red Phalarope in Texas is always note- worthy. This individual was at Marathon, Brewster County 14-16 (here) June 2014. Photograph by Mark W. Lockwood. 7 • This adult Nazca Booby was photographed by the captain during a whalewatching trip aboard the Triumphant 6 kilometers of the Palos Verdes Peninsula over Los Angeles County waters on 27 June 2014. The bright pinkish-orange on the bill along with the extent of white on the central tail-feathers distinguish this bird from the similar Masked Booby. This represents a frst record for California and for the United States. Photograph by Tim Hammond. 2 1 4 5 7 6 3

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