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 312 P I C TO R I A L H I G H L I G H TS 1 • Present for eight days on the Mississippi River near Quincy, Illinois, this adult Ivory Gull attracted hosts of birders during its stay. This shot captured it on 3 January 2015. Photograph by Aaron Gyllenhaal. 2 • Long anticipated in Virginia, this Smith's Longspur was found by Marshall Faintich at the Shenandoah Valley Regional Airport, Augusta County 23 February 2015 and was observed by many through 12 March. Photograph by Marshall Faintich. 3 • This long-staying Purple Sandpiper, first found 28 December 2014 at San Blas, Nayarit, was last observed 23 March (here 17 January) 2015, providing a first record for Mexico and for any location on the Pacific coast of the Americas. Photograph by Steve N. G. Howell. 4 • Documentation of Ridgway's Rail, and any other Rallus rails, is always desir- able in Mexico, as the distribution and vagrancy of members of the Clapper and King Rail complexes are worked out. This Ridgway's Rail was studied at Barra de Navidad, Jalisco on 5 January and again 13 (here) and 14 February 2015. Photograph by Steve N. G. Howell. 5 • The rarer of the "stub-tailed" wrens that winter in New Mexico, this Pacific Wren was one of two present in Bandelier National Monument's Fri- joles Canyon, Sandoval County 14 (here) and 15 February 2015. Photograph by Bernard R. Foy. 6 • In Virginia, Thayer's Gull is reported almost annually in winter. Almost half of the state's verified records come from the Chesapeake Bay Bridge-Tunnel, Northampton County, where this bird was found 26 (here 28) December 2014 and last seen 9 January 2015. Thayer's Gull reports de- creased in the state markedly after landfill closures in southeastern Virginia and after access restrictions on the bridge-tunnel, all of which occurred a decade or so ago. Photograph by Yann Kolbeinsson. 1 4 5 6 2 3

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