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The Quarterly Journal of Western Field Ornithologists

Vol. 44, No. 2
June 2013
Western Field Ornithologists

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Morphological and Molecular Evidence Confirm the First Definitive Eastern White-breasted Nuthatch (Sitta c. carolinensis) for New Mexico
Matthew J. Baumann, Sabrina M. McNew, and Christopher C. Witt

Chronic Low Reproductive Success of the Colonial Tricolored Blackbird from 2006 to 2011
Robert J. Meese

Diet and Home-Range Size of California Spotted Owls in a Burned Forest
Monica L. Bond, Derek E. Lee, Rodney B. Siegel, and Morgan W. Tingley

Human Food Subsidies and Common Raven Occurrence in Yosemite National Park, California
Cara E. Brook, David P. Bernstein, and Elizabeth A. Hadly

Genetic Evidence for Mixed Maternity at a Lark Sparrow Nest
Kevin Ellison, Jeremy D. Ross, and Juan L. Bouzat


Refutation of Wyoming Nesting Record of the Pacific Wren
James M. Maley, Jacob R. Saucier, and Matthew D. Carling

Lack of Recovery of the Yellow-billed Magpie from the West Nile Virus in California’s Central Valley
Edward R. Pandolfino

First Record of the Red-bellied Woodpecker in Nevada
Kenneth M. Burton and Leslie Scopes Anderson

California Condor Foraging on a Live California Sea Lion Pup
Mike Tyner, L. Joseph Burnett, and Mike M. Stake

In Memoriam: Richard W. Stallcup
Jon Winter

Book Reviews
Matthew J. Baumann and Cole Wolf

President’s Message
Edward R. Pandolfino

Featured Photo: The Subspecies of the Song Sparrow on
Southeast Farallon Island and in Central California

Oscar Johnson, Peter Pyle, and Jim Tietz

Front cover photo by © Gary Lindquist of Visalia, California: Common Cuckoo (Cuculus canorus), Watsonville, Santa Cruz Co., California, 1 October 2012, representing a first record for California. Elsewhere in western North America, this species is known only as a casual migrant in western Alaska. The unbarred rump, evident in other photos, best distinguishes the Common Cuckoo and Oriental Cuckoo (C. optatus), also a vagrant to Alaska.

Back cover: “Featured Photos” of Song Sparrows (Melospiza melodia) on Southeast Farallon Island, San Francisco Co., California. Upper by © Peter Pyle, Point Reyes Station, California: subspecies melodia, 3 November 1993. Lower by © Oscar Johnson of Santa Barbara, California: subspecies morphna, 20 September 2010.