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The Quarterly Journal of Western Field Ornithologists

Vol. 44, No. 1
March 2013
Western Field Ornithologists

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A Twenty-Year Investigation of the Effects of Fire on a Coastal Sage Scrub Bird Community
David J. Moriarty

2011 Nevada Bird Records Committee Report
Martin Meyers

Nesting Ecology and Nest Success of the Blue Grosbeak along Two
Rivers in New Mexico

Jean-Luc E. Cartron, Deborah M. Finch, David L. Hawksworth, and Scott H. Stoleson

Distribution and Movement Patterns of Individual Crested Caracaras in California
Kristie N. Nelson and Peter Pyle

Conspecific Nest Aggression of the Pacific Wren on Vancouver Island, British Columbia
Ann Nightingale and Ron Melcer, Jr.


First Record of a Surfbird in the Hawaiian Islands
Eric A. VanderWerf

Common Nesting Habitats and Weights at Fledging of Wedge-tailed Shearwaters on Tern Island, Hawaii
Phillip J. Howard, Sarah C. Harvey, Paula L. Hartzell, Pete Leary, and Ty J. Benally

An Apparent Long-Distance Flight by a Dusky Grouse in Montana
Ronald J. Kienholz and Aleen M. Kienholz

Melanistic Adult Male Northern Harrier Wintering in Idaho
Robert A. Miller, Neil Paprocki, and Elizabeth H. Urban

In Memoriam: Gale Monson
Richard L. Glinski

Book Review
Lauren Harter

President’s Message
Edward R. Pandolfino

Featured Photo: Carotenism in the Hairy Woodpecker
Ron LeValley and Jeff N. Davis

Front cover photo by © Sophie Webb of Felton, California: Northern Gannet (Morus bassanus), Southeast Farallon Island, San Francisco County, California, 25 April 2012. It remained at least through February 2013 and is the first of this Atlantic species recorded in the North Pacific Ocean. Possibly the recent decrease of arctic ice allowed it to traverse the Arctic Ocean and enter the Pacific through the Bering Strait.

Back cover: “Featured Photo” by © Beth Hamel of Morgan Hill, California: Hairy Woodpecker (Picoides villosus), Golden Gate Park, San Francisco County, California, 26 October 2012. The yellow rectrices represent an unusual case of carotenism, affecting both the type and distribution of carotenoid pigment. Yet such carotenistic Hairy Woodpeckers have been noted repeatedly in coastal northern California.