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The Quarterly Journal of Western Field Ornithologists

Vol. 39, No. 4
December 2008
Western Field Ornithologists

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Report of the Alaska Checklist Committee, 2003–2007
Daniel D. Gibson, Steven C. Heinl, and Theodore G. Tobish, Jr.

The Changing Status of the Gray Hawk in New Mexico and Adjacent Areas
Sartor O. Williams III and David J. Krueper

An Apparent Hybrid Black × Eastern Phoebe from Colorado
Nathan D. Pieplow, Tony Leukering, and Elaine Coley


Observations of Adult Peregrine Falcons Capturing Stoneflies
Jay Sumner and Kate Davis

A Fregetta Storm-Petrel off Western Mexico
Rich Pagen, Peter Pyle, and Lisa T. Ballance

Book Reviews
Michael A. Patten and Peter Pyle

Featured Photo: Hybridization of a Yellow-crowned and Black-crowned Night-Heron in Southern California
Mary F. Platter-Rieger,
Tiffany M. Shepherd, and Marie Molloy

Outgoing President’s Message
Dave J. Krueper

WFO’s 33rd Annual Conference: Retrospective
Jay Withgot

Philip Unitt

Front cover photo by © David E. Quady of Berkeley, California: Yellow Rail (Coturnicops noveboracensis), Arrowhead Marsh, Oakland, Alameda County, California, 21 January 2008. Before 1940 the Yellow Rail was apparently a regular winter visitor to the San Francisco Bay area. Since then it has been recorded there only about 10 times. Like other rails, it is most accessible to birders and predators during the highest tides of the year, as when this individual was photographed.

Back cover “Featured Photo” by © Mary F. Platter-Rieger of San Diego, California: Hybrid Yellow-crowned Night-Heron × Black- crowned Night-Heron (Nyctanassa violacea × Nycticorax nycti­ corax), Naval Air Station North Island, Coronado, San Diego County, California, 24 June 2007. Second known occurrence of this hybrid combination in the wild and first observation of an active nest of a hybridizing pair.