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The Quarterly Journal of Western Field Ornithologists

Vol. 49, No. 2
March 2018
Western Field Ornithologists

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Nevada Bird Records Committee Report for 2016
Jeanne Tinsman and Martin Meyers

Attempts to Establish Colonies of the Purple Martin in Nest Boxes in California: First Success and Evaluation of Failures
Daniel A. Airola, Stan Kostka, and Corinna Elwood


The Alaska Red-tailed Hawk
William S. Clark

River Warbler (Locustella fluviatilis) at Gambell, Alaska: First Record for North America
Paul E. Lehman

Attempted Kleptoparasitism of a White-tailed Kite by a Peregrine Falcon
Faith Rigolosi and Floyd E. Hayes

Onshore Foraging by an Eared Grebe
Jeffery T. Wilcox

Novel Function of Flutter Display in the Black-backed Woodpecker
Andrew N. Stillman and Frankie Tousley

Western Screech-Owl (Megascops kennicottii cardonensis) in the Sierra la Asamblea, Baja California, Mexico
Gorgonio Ruiz-Campos, Gonzalo de León-Girón, and Philip Unitt

Nesting of the Crested Caracara in Organ Pipe Cactus National
Monument, Arizona
Joseph L. Veverka and Tyler H. Coleman

Book Review
Ryan A. Phillips

In Memoriam: Jon P. Winter, 1941–2014
W. David Shuford and David E. Quady

Featured Photo: First Record of Melanism in a Myiarchus Flycatcher
Deborah J. House

Front cover photo by © Greg Scyphers of Sparks, Nevada: LeConte’s Sparrow (Ammodramus leconteii) at Dyer, Esmeralda County, Nevada, 24–27 October 2015. It represents the fifth Nevada record of this species that is characteristic of the Central Flyway of North America and reaches the western states only as a vagrant, primarily in late fall.

Back cover “Featured Photo” by © Deborah J. House of Bishop, California: melanistic Brown-crested Flycatcher (Myiarchus tyrannulus) at China Ranch, Inyo County, California, 25 May 2008. Though this represents the first record of melanism in the genus Myiarchus, the existence of several sooty or black species in other genera of flycatchers suggests that melanism like this has played a role in the evolution of the family Tyrannidae.