North American Birds

VOLUME 69 NO3 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 496 S O U T H E R N C A L I F O R N I A Ross, Jim Rowoth, Jim S. Royer, Thomas Ryan, Matt Sadowski (MSa), Ben S. Sandstrom, Mark Scheel (MSc), Adam J. Searcy (Ventura), Bev - erley Shoemaker, Christopher K. Smith, Greg- ory P. Smith, Susan E. Smith, Steve Sosensky, Justyn T. Stahl (San Clemente Island), Susan L. Steele, John C. Sterling, Mike D. Stiles, Jan K. Sudomier, Danny Swicegood, Julie Szabo, Robert Theriault, Marge and Don Thornton (M&DT), Eric Tipton, Jennifer Tobin, Fran - cis Toldi, Thomas Turner, Michael Weinholt, Cris Whetstone, Douglas R. Willick (Orange), Steve Wolfe, Roger Woodruff, Gary Woods, Thomas E. Wurster. 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) Harms, Lauren B. Harter, Darrin P. Heindel, Tom & Jo Heindel (Inyo), Kelli Heindel- Levinson (Kern), Bruce Henderson, Charley Herzfeld (CHe), Rod Higbie, Eric Hough, John Ivanov, Howard B. King, Alexander E. Koonce (San Bernardino), Denise LaBerteaux, Brian M. Leatherman, Paul E. Lehman, Nick A. Lethaby, David Levasheff (DLe), Libby Lindsay, Michael C. Long, Dawn Macheca (DMac), Cur - tis A. Marantz, Michael Matherly, Dan Maxwell (DMax), John McAllister, Guy McCaskie (San Diego, Imperial), Doug McCauley, Chris Mc - Creedy, James McDonald, Chet McGaugh (Riverside), Todd McGrath, Robert McKer - nan, Jimmy McMorran, Wendy Miller, Jeffrey Miner (JMi), Kathy C. Molina, Jennifer Moon - jain (JMo), James R. Morris, M. Brennan Mul- rooney, Richard Norgaard , Gary Nunn, Rob- ert Packard, Robert T. Patton, Dave Pereksta (DPe), Kaaren L. Perry, Ethna Piazza, James E. Pike, Aaron Polichar, Dave Povey (DPo), Hugh P. Ranson, Sandra Remley, Dianna Ricky, Kerry Pipes Canyon near Yucca Valley, San Bernardino. Cited observers (County coordinators in boldface): Marc Arndt, Robert A. Barnes, Joel Barrett (JBa), Richard Barth, Jon E. Becknell, Thomas A. Benson (TABe), Gavin Bieber, John Birsner (JBi), Thomas A. Blackman (TABl), Steve Brad (StB), Terry Brashear, Susan Breisch (SuB), John Bruin (JBr), Dick Cabe, Larry Cahill, Jay C. Carroll, Shuping Chen, Nancy Christensen, Kevin Clark, Alex Coffey, Erik Combs, David M. Compton (Santa Barbara), Daniel S. Cooper, Wanda Dameron, Brian E. Daniels, Nicole J. Desnoyers, Darren Dowell, Charles Drost, Kathy Mihm Dunning, Tom M. Edell (San Luis Obispo), Sheila Eberly, Gary Edelman, Jon S. Feenstra, Richard Fisher, Tom Ford-Hutchinson, Kenny Frisch, Wes T. Fritz, Peter A. Gaede, John F. Garrett, Kimball L. Garrett (Los Angeles), Greg Gillson, Tito Gonzalez, Bradley Hacker (BHa), Charity Ha - gen (ChH), Cliff Halverson (CHa), Marlin D. cific Loon inland at Cataviña 4 Mar (ph. TA). Details of two cruises off the Pacific side of the peninsula were entered into eBird: 29-30 Mar (RT) and 26-27 and 30-31 Jul (AEM, JM). Among the seabird observations in Mar were 7 Northern Fulmars s. to s. Baja California, 44 Cook's Petrels mostly off Baja California Sur, and a Black-footed Albatross and Sabine's Gull off s. Baja California Sur. Murphy's Petrel was likely seen again (sw. of Bahía Magdalena 30 Mar), but we continue to await the first well-documented record of this species in Regional waters. Two re- ports of Short-tailed Shearwaters lacked documentation. In Jul, 3 Wedge-rumped Storm-Petrels were sw. of Punta Abreojos, and Blue-footed, Red-footed, Masked, and Nazca Boobies were all seen n. to the lati - tude of Bahía Magdalena. Seabirds were seen elsewhere as well. Two Cook's Petrels were at Gorda Bank, off San José del Cabo 10 May (ph. GM et al.), and the seabird of the season the fate of the blackbird and sparrow. Inte- resting nesting records include those invol- ving Northern Harrier, Allen's Humming- bird, and Long-eared Owl. Stand-out rarities include Manx Shearwater, Streak-backed Oriole, Baja California Nazca Booby and Neotropic Cormorants, and a summer Long- tailed Duck. WATERFOWL THROUGH TERNS The wetlands around Guerrero Negro did not receive the coverage they have in recent summers. Nevertheless, a few observations of unseasonable waterbirds were made there and at other widespread Regional wetlands. Among the more interesting observations were Brant at five locations; a Northern Shoveler at Lagunita El Ciprés 13 May–12 Jun (MJB, EDZH, AJ et al.); 5 Northern Pin - tails, 3 Pacific Loons, and 5 Common Loons at Bahía San Quintín 23-24 Jun (SNGH, RAE, EDZH); and a Pacific Loon at Bahía de los Ángeles 27 Jun (BS). Confirmed or suspected nesting locations for waterfowl and grebes included La Salina (Gadwall, Mallard), Lagunita El Ciprés (Gadwall, Mal- lard, Cinnamon Teal, Ruddy Duck, Pied- billed Grebe), and Estero San José (Redhead, Ruddy Duck, Pied-billed Grebe). Most un- expected were a female Long-tailed Duck at Bahía San Quintín 24 Jun (all previous Regional records Nov–Apr) (EDZH, RAE, SNGH) and an apparent storm-dumped Pa- Richard A. Erickson Roberto Carmona Gorgonio Ruiz-Campos –––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––– I n this combined spring and summer re- port, we bemoan the lack of coverage in our area once again, noting a discoura- ging number of species that went unreported altogether. When it comes to missing reports of species of conservation concern such as Rhinoceros Auklet, Tricolored Blackbird, and Grasshopper Sparrow—one hopes that poor coverage is largely responsible. But year four of severe drought in the northwest should not be dismissed when considering Baja California Peninsula This Cook's Petrel was not far from shore at Gorda Bank, Baja California Sur on 10 May 2015. Photograph by Gerardo Marrón.

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