North American Birds

VOLUME 69 No1 2016

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 158 S O U T H E R N C A L I F O R N I A Turley, Curtis L. Twellmann, Win van Dam, Da- vid Vander Pluym, Matt Victoria, Stan Walens, Kenneth Weaver, Nat Weber, Randy S. Weber, Kyle and Audrey Weichert (K&AW), Douglas R. Willick (Orange), Chris Wojtowich, Roger D. Woodruff, Gary Woods, Thomas E. Wurster, Callyn D. Yorke, Kevin J. Zimmer. Many addi - tional observers who could not be individually acknowledged submitted reports; all have our thanks. n –––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––– Guy McCaskie, 954 Grove Avenue, Imperial Beach, California 91932 (guymcc@pacbell.net) Kimball L. Garrett, Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County, 900 Exposition Boulevard, Los Angeles, California 90007 (kgarrett@nhm.org) David Povey (DPo), Martin Powell, Phil Pryde, David Rankin (DRa), Dianna Ricky (DRi), Geoffrey L. Rogers, David Roine (DRo), San - dra Remley, Peter Robertshaw, Kate Rogowski, Stephen C. Rottenborn, Florence Sanchez, Ben S. Sandstrom, Brian Sandstrom (BSa), Larry Sansone (LSa), Amy Save, Mark Scheel, Larry Schmahl (LSc), Roger Schoedl (RSc), Brad K. Schram, Adam J. Searcy (Ventura), Kathy M. Sharum, Peter T. Shneekloth, Brad Singer (BSi), Tom D. Slater, Maggie L. Smith, Justyn T. Stahl (San Clemente Island), Susan L. Steele, Mike D. Stiles, Douglas G. Stinson, Ed Ston - ick, Steven D. Summers, Rebecca Suomala (RSu), Sherman J. Suter, Dave Telford, Ninad Thakoor, Robert Theriault, Eric Tipton, Becky E. Lentz, Nick A. Lethaby, Linette Lina, Michael C. Long, Sheri Lubin, Tim J. Ludwick, Curtis A. Marantz, Rebecca Marschall, Don Marsh (DoM), Dan Maxwell (DaM), Sara B. Mayers, Guy McCaskie (San Diego and Imperial), Chet McGaugh (Riverside), Todd McGrath, Robert McKernan, Jimmy McMorran, Sherry Meddick (ShM), Sue T. Meiman, Lindsey Mercer, Greg - rie Merkel, Samuel Merker (SMe), Anthony E. Metcalf, Thomas Miko, Bob Miller (BoM), Brit - tany Miller (BrM), Stacy Miller (SMi), William H. Mitchel, Jim Moore (JMo), James R. Mor - ris, John Mueller (JMu), Brennan Mulrooney (BMu), Gary Nunn, Robert Pann, Jim and Debby Parker (J&DP), Dave Pereksta (DPe), Kaaren L. Perry, James E. Pike, Tyler Pockett, RBM). Aug was also good for inland Brown Pel- icans: 6 were at San Ignacio 31 Aug (NA, VAP). Surprisingly, up to 3 Great Blue Herons at Isla Cedros 28 Jul–30 Sep (VAP) were appar - ently the frst to be recorded there (cf. Erick- son and Palacios et al. 2010, Avifauna de las islas del Pacífco frente al norte y centro de la península de Baja California. In: Islas de México, for Guadalupe and Cedros, and the most un - usual reports involved a dark-morph Broad- winged Hawk, an Eastern Bell's Vireo, and a Rusty Blackbird. WATERFOWL THROUGH TERNS Black-bellied Whistling-Duck has become es- tablished in Baja California Sur, but all previous records have come from a narrow band along the se. coast from the La Paz area to Estero San José. One on the Pacifc coast at Todos Santos 30 Nov (AHA, RC) broke the mold. A Eurasian Wigeon at La Misión (Río Guadalupe estuary) 19 Oct–1 Nov (KC, EDZH, NdJ) was early, and a Mallard at Laguna Chapala 19 Oct (SNGH, RAE, RAH) was in the Vizcaíno Desert, where rare. Birder/fshermen provide many of our off - shore reports. Fitting the bill, McNab visited Rocas Alijos 12 Aug and reported the following: 3 Cook's Petrels, 50 Leach's Storm-Petrels, one Wedge-rumped Storm-Petrel, one Red-billed Tropicbird, 50 Masked Boobies, 15 Brown Boo - bies, and 3 Sooty Terns. A Sooty Shearwater at El Mezquitito, on the s. side of La Paz, 15 Sep (GM) was approximately 9 km from the Gulf of California and the only report obviously related to Hurricane Odile. The Wood Stork incursion in the Cape District appears to be over. Two in the La Paz area 6-9 Aug (AHA, VAP) were the last ones seen. Aug was good for rare boobies, with an ad. Masked Booby at Islas Coronado 16 Aug–12 Sep (fde MS; frst there since 2008), a lingering Blue-footed Booby at the same loca - tion 17 Aug (JTS et al.), 2 Brown Boobies at Isla Guadalupe 11 Aug (MARD; second island re - cord), and a northerly Red-footed Booby off the s. side of the Vizcaíno Peninsula 13 Aug (ph. Richard A. Erickson Roberto Carmona Gorgonio Ruiz-Campos –––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––– H urricane Odile hit Cabo San Lucas late on the night of 14 September and con - tinued straight up the peninsula with hurricane-force winds half way up Baja Cali - fornia Sur. It weakened late on 15 September and entered the Gulf of California near Bahía de los Ángeles on the afternoon of 16 Septem - ber. It was one of the most intense hurricanes to make landfall in the Region ever recorded. Nevertheless, we report but a single avian ob - servation below that can be directly attributed to the storm. This serves to emphasize how spotty and light coverage can be in the Region. With that said, the rare shorebird and eastern vagrant showings were nevertheless considered weak. Several new island records were reported This storm-petrel crashed the Waterbird Society/CIPAMEX (La So- ciedad para el Estudio y Conservación de las Aves en México, A.C.) gathering at a waterfront hotel in La Paz, Baja California Sur on the evening of 6 November 2014. The bird was identifed as Leach's Storm-Petrel, perhaps O. l. socorroensis, but the photographs obtained are not quite adequate for identifcation. Photograph by Ricardo Olachea Guzmán. Baja California Peninsula

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