Western Birds

Vol. 50, No. 3

September 2019

Western Field Ornithologists



Western Birds 45(4) Front Cover


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Main Articles

Winter Distributions and Habitat Associations of Raptors across Nevada
Robert A. Miller, Jay D. Carlisle, Joseph G. Barnes,
Ross D. Haley, and Mackenzie R. Jeffress

The Aleutian Cackling Goose in Arizona
David Vander Pluym

Arizona Bird Committee Report, 2015–2017 Records 
Gary H. Rosenberg, David Vander Pluym, and Laurens Halsey


A House Finch’s Successful Use of a Barn Swallow Nest 
Leo C. Gaskins

Ridgway’s Rails Climbing Shrubs at High Tide 
Hiram Rafael Moreno-Higareda, Gorgonio Ruiz-Campos,
and Horacio de la Cueva

Tricolored Blackbirds Feeding in Joshua Tree Inflorescences 
Ryan S. Terrill, James M. Maley, Whitney L. E. Tsai, Kevin B. Fistanic, Rowdy J. Freeland, Anna Franceschelli, Bryce Lewis-Smith, Leeza L. Lu, and Jeremy B. Yoder

Northwest Limit of the Breeding Range of the Ruddy Duck
Bryce C. Lake

The Current Northernmost Breeding Pair of the California Gnatcatcher
Michael C. Couffer

In Memoriam: Jerry R. Oldenettel, 1942–2019 
John Parmeter

Featured Photo: First Record of the Eastern Meadowlark for California 
Logan Kahle

Front cover photo by © Gordon Karre of Mesa, Arizona: Wedge-rumped Storm-Petrel (Oceanodroma tethys) at Mesa, Maricopa Co., Arizona, 8 September 2016, one of seven occurrences encompassing 13 individuals scattered across central and southeastern Arizona in the wake of Hurricane Newton. The report of the Arizona Bird Committee in this issue of Western Birds details the amazing fallout of the unprecedented variety of seabirds that Newton carried inland, including two other species new to Arizona, the Juan Fernandez Petrel (Pterodroma externa) and Wedge-tailed Shearwater (Ardenna pacifica).

Back cover “Featured Photo” by © Larry Sansone of Los Angeles, California: Eastern Meadowlark (Sturnella magna) at Day, Modoc Co., California, 12 June 2018, representing the first confirmation of the species’ occurrence in California and only the third of the eastern subspecies west of the Rocky Mountains.