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 174 P I C TO R I A L H I G H L I G H TS 1 • This Brewer's Sparrow at Percé 12 October 2014 was the frst for Québec. It appears to be of the subspecies taverneri, which breeds in subalpine-alpine transitional habitats from southeastern Alaska through southwestern Alberta; wintering grounds for this subspecies are not well known but presumably in the southwestern United States and Mexico. Photograph by Albini Couture. 2 • Birders focked to Hartlen Point, Nova Scotia once word spread that a Eurasian Kes- trel was present. It was found 21 November 2014 and overwintered (here 5 January 2015). There is one prior record for Nova Scotia. Photograph by Kyle Shay. 3 • This Tundra Bean-Goose was a fxture in the pastures of Nestucca Bay National Wildlife Refuge, Tillamook County, Oregon for many months after its discovery on 9 November (here 14) 2014. The rather short-necked appearance (even with neck extended) difers from the longer-necked look of the very similar Taiga Bean-Goose. The yellow on the bill is restricted to the outer third, unlike Taiga, which normally shows yellow extending from near the tip back well past the midpoint of the bill. The bill is also comparatively short, deep at the base, and fairly steep-sloped. Typically, Tundra also shows a more pronounced "grin patch" than Taiga (see also page 96). Photograph by David Irons. 4 • Nevada's fourth Louisiana Waterthrush visited the Corn Creek Unit of the Desert Na- tional Wildlife Refuge, Clark County 4-5 (here 5) August 2014. Photograph by Mike Swink. 5 • One of the stars of the autumn 2014 season in Texas was the state's frst Bar-tailed Godwit at Corpus Christi, Nueces County 9 (here 25) August through 26 October 2014. Photograph by Theresa Bayoud. 6 & 7 • A Cassin's Kingbird, New York's second, turned up 15 November 2014 at Floyd Bennett Field in Brooklyn and remained to be enjoyed by many through month's end. Photographs by S. S. Mitra. 1 2 4 3 5 6 7

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