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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3 V O L U M E 6 9 ( 2 0 1 5 ) • N U M B E R 1 of our regional editors have experi- enced profound changes in their pro- fessional and personal lives that have also brought challenges for the timely production of regional reports. We're now almost completely caught up on regional-report arrears from the past two years (just one report to go). So our hope is to produce an extra issue for the next two years, with all issues through Volume 70, Number 2 mailed in 2016 and issues through Volume 71, Num- ber 3 in 2017. Under discussion, too, is the possibility of speeding production by mailing a combined spring/summer issue, as the summer reports (covering two months) tend to be rather short. For the frst time in the history of the journal, our feature articles—lately pieces on Common Shelduck, Common Scoter, and hybrid shrike—have been running ahead of the season in which the birds were found. Even some quar- terly state and provincial journals that include seasonal observations are cur- rently ahead of us! We elected not to hold these valuable articles for publica- tion in the corresponding seasonal issue in part because they are valuable for the ornithological record but mostly be- cause they provide timely, cutting-edge information on identifcation, status, and distribution that will be useful to readers—perhaps even useful for search- ing out the next Common Shelduck or Common Scoter for North America! We did regrettably leave out one very important reference (in German) in the scoter paper, namely: Wegst, C., and D. Kratzer. 2010. Die Unterscheidung der Pazifktrauerente Melanitta americana von der Trauerente M. nigra [Identif- cation of Black and Common Scoters]. Limicola 24: 192-212. Richard Cross- ley's photography features prominently in this exhaustive paper, which has an English summary. Apologies all around for this glaring omission! Friends of North American Birds –––––––––––– • –––––––––––– $2000 Dr. Matt Fraker & Dr. Sherri Thornton –––––––––––– • –––––––––––– $250-$500 George F. Bing Paul J. Baicich Paul W. Sykes, Jr. –––––––––––– • –––––––––––– $200-$249 Greg Jackson Paul T. Johnson Robert O. Paxton –––––––––––– • –––––––––––– $100-$199 Robin Leong Paul J. & Barbara O'Brien Wayne Peavler Mark W. Lockwood Mark B. Robbins Bob P. Russell –––––––––––– • –––––––––––– $50-$99 Margaret J. C. Bain Pete Janzen Randy Meyers Francis Toldi Tom & Lisa Wurster E D I TO R S ' N OT E B O O K

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