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 310 P I C TO R I A L H I G H L I G H TS 1 • This male Tufted Duck delighted observers during its stay at the Iona Sewage Ponds near Vancouver, British Columbia from 14 February 2015 (here) through the end of the season. Photograph by Peter Zadorozny. 2 • This juvenile Aplomado Falcon found at Choluteca on 5 February 2015 was the first to be documented on the Pacific slope of Honduras. Photograph by Mario Espinal. 3 • This stunning Bullock's Oriole visited a Montevallo, Shelby County, Alabama feeder almost daily for extended feeding bouts from 29 December 2014 through 15 February 2015 (here 26 January). Photograph by Geoff E. Hill. 4 • Historical records indicated that the endemic montane San Lucas Robin (Turdus migratorius confinis) occasionally wandered to the nearby coast, but no such records had been made known in decades. The winter of 2014-2015 saw at least five birds reach the coast of southeastern Baja California Sur. A coastal record previously unpublished involved this bird at Laguna La Ribera 6 February 2012. Photograph by Chris and Debbie Llewellyn, BirdsWeSee.com. 5 • Rare anywhere in northern Central America, this handsome Masked Duck was found with a female in a marsh along the shore of Lake Yojoa, Cortés, Honduras on 3 December 2014. Photograph by Robert Gallardo. 6 • Migrating Flammulated Owls are rarely detected. This individual, Florida's tenth, was brought in to the Pelican Harbor Seabird Station 10 December 2014. Photograph by Rangel Diaz. 7 • This sapsucker wintering (here 23 January 2015) at La Grande, Union County, Oregon was initially believed to be a Red-breasted Sapsucker. Close inspection of photographs reveals that it is instead a Red-naped x Red-breasted hybrid. The rather strong underlying face pattern, with extensive black in the supercilium and auriculars, is atypical of pure Red-breasted, as is the strong white moustachial mark with red bleeding across it. The pattern of the breast, a mix of black, yellowish, and red feathers (rather than being solid red), also points to a hybrid. Hybrids vary tremendously in appearance, in some cases looking very much like one parent or the other, in this case looking more like a Red-breasted. Photograph by David Irons. 8 • For the first time in ten years and only the fourth time ever, a Pine Grosbeak was docu- mented in Indiana, albeit for just a day, 10 December 2014, at a residence in Merrillville, Lake County. Photograph by Pete B. Grube. 1 4 6 7 8 5 2 3

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