North American Birds

VOLUME 69 NO2 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 296 S O U T H E R N C A L I F O R N I A Mark Scheel (MSc), Adam J. Searcy (Ventura), Gideon Seraphine, Bob Shallmann (BSh), Alli - son M. Sheehey, Brad Silasen (BSil), Brad Singer (BSin), Maggie L. Smith, Susan E. Smith, Judith Sparhawk (JSp), Kevin Spencer, Susan L. Steele, Don Sterba, Mike D. Stiles, Jeremiah Stock (JSt), Mark Stratton (MSt), Emilie Strauss (ESt), Ste - ven D. Summers, Julie Szabo (JSz), Ninad Tha- koor, Luke Tiller, Eric Tipton, Bob Toleno (BTo), Gerald L. Toman, Becky Turley (BTu), Wim van Dam, David Vander Pluym (DVanP), Joel Wein - traub, Douglas R. Willick (Orange), Mike H. Wittmer, Michael Woodruff (MWo), Thomas E. Wurster, Mitch Wyss (MWy), Callyn D. Yorke, Kevin J. Zimmer. Many additional 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) (Kern), John Hendrickson (JHe), Jim Hodgson (JHod), Ken Hollinga, Cher Hollingworth, Sta - cy L. Holt, Chris and Rosie Howard (C&RH), Jim Howard (JHow), Trude Hurd, Bob Isen - berg, Logan Kahle, Al Kalin, Eric G. Kallen, Jay Keller (JKe), Howard B. King, Julie King (JKi), Peter Knapp, Will H. Knowlton, Alexander E. Koonce (San Bernardino), Kenneth Z. Kurland, Ken and Brenda Kyle (K&BK), Andrew K. Lee, Paul E. Lehman, Joan E. Lentz, Nick A. Lethaby, Curtis A. Marantz, Rose Marx, Guy McCaskie (San Diego and Imperial), Chet McGaugh (Riv - erside), James McKay, Robert McKernan, Jimmy McMorran, Anthony E. Metcalf, Patricia Mick - elson, Bob Miller, Wendy Miller, Jason Miner, Greg Morton, Steven J. Myers, Gary Nunn, Kris Ohlenkamp, Bob Packard, Robert T. Pat - ton, David Pereksta (DPe), Kaaren L Perry, Dave Povey (DPo), David Rankin (DRa), Casey Rich - art, Denise Riddle (DRi), Steve Ritt, Justyn T. Stahl (San Clemente Island), Matt Sadowski (MSa), Edana Salisbury (ESa), Michael J. San Miguel, Ben S. Sandstrom, Peter T. Schneekloth, rett (JBa), Richard Barth, David Bell, Thomas A. Benson (TABe), Cynthia Berg (CBe), Louis R. Bevier, Thomas A. Blackman (TABl), Steve K. Brad, Susan Breisch, John Bruin (JBr), Cynthia Burnham (CBu), John Callendar (JCal), Eugene A. Cardiff, Jay Carlisle (JCar), Nancy Chris - tensen, Hal Cohen, Daniel S. Cooper, David M. Compton (Santa Barbara), Joan Cottich (JCo), Eric Culbertson, Ron Cyger, Jared Dawson, Ni - cole J. Desnoyers, Darren Dowell, Jon L. Dunn, Manuel Duran, Todd Easterla, Tom M. Edell (San Luis Obispo), Leo Edson, Elias A. Elias, Herb Elliott, Jon S. Feenstra, Richard Fisher, Thomas Ford-Hutchinson, Nick Freeman, Cal French, David Furseth, Lucas Gaede, Peter A. Gaede (PAGa), Carolyn Gann, John F. Garrett, Kimball L. Garrett (Los Angeles), Frank and Su - san Gilliland (F&SG), Peter A. Ginsburg (PAGi), Tito Gonzalez, Jesse Grantham (JeG), John Green (JoG), Matthew Grube, Catherine Ham - ilton, Lesley Handa, Marlin D. Harms, Robbie Harris, Lauren B. Harter, Gjon C. Hazard, Tom & Jo Heindel (Inyo), Kelli Heindel-Levinson found in the northwest and northeast and far south at Nopoló, 2 present 25 Dec–7 Mar (ph. TH). The only Common Merganser was on the Río Hardy C.B.C. 17 Dec (MJB et al.). Two Red- throated Loons at Juncalito Beach, s. of Loreto, 21 Mar (HMR) were far s. in the Gulf of Califor - nia, where rarely seen. At least 7 Horned Grebes in the Guerrero Negro saltworks and vicinity 24 Dec–7 Mar (NA et al.) were more than ex - pected. The bird of the season was a Kermadec Petrel that crashed onto a cruise ship near Islas Todos Santos on 5 Dec. The bird was brought to Ensenada harbor where it was photographed and released (ph. MAMD). Details of this first confirmed Regional record were published by Martínez Damián et al. in North American Birds 68: 298-301. Neotropic Cormorant has long Lucas Robin, and Purple Finch made signifi- cant movements in the Region. WATERFOWL THROUGH FALCONS Geese were reported in low numbers this sea- son. Greater White-fronted Geese were wide- spread in the Region in Oct, but after that the only reports were of 19 at Laguna San Ignacio 20 Nov (VAP) and 11 in the Cape District. Three of the latter remained at Todos Santos to the late date of 23 Apr (ph. GM, JV et al.). Chen geese were unreported, and the only white-cheeked goose was a Canada Goose at the Mexicali zoo 11 Nov (ph. RAE), perhaps a long-staying bird. A Tundra Swan at Nopoló 6 Jan (ph. TH) was the third found in Baja California Sur since Dec 2009, but the species has yet to be seen in Baja California this century. Two Eurasian Wigeons were at Lagunita El Ciprés 25 Jan (Conserva - ción de Islas Grupo de Ecología). Southerly Aythya included 3 Canvasbacks at Laguna San Ignacio 28 Feb (PJD) and 2 Greater Scaup at Guerrero Negro 23 Nov (VAP). Two Black Sco - ters at Ensenada 7 Jan (MJB, EDZH) were the first seen in the Region since 2008. Long-tailed Ducks were at Laguna Guerrero Negro 24 Nov (ph. VAP) and Punta Banda 19 Dec (MJB, RMA, MAMD). Concerning the former bird, the only previous report for Baja California Sur was an undocumented sight record from Laguna Ojo de Liebre 29 Dec 1983 (Monographs in Field Ornithology 3: 192). Hooded Mergansers were Richard A. Erickson Roberto Carmona Gorgonio Ruiz-Campos –––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––– M ost of the report below centers on Baja California Sur, as has become stan - dard in winter. But the biggest news came from Baja California, where Kermadec Petrel was added to the Regional list. Among the other most notable rarities were a Tundra Swan and Baja California Sur's first documen - ted Long-tailed Duck. The usual component of rare and uncommon wintering landbirds was mostly missing, but Band-tailed Pigeon, San Baja California Peninsula Hooded Merganser is rare in Baja California Sur. This bird was one of two that wintered at Nopoló 25 December 2014–7 March 2015 (here 15 January). Photograph by Tom Haglund.

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