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The Quarterly Journal of Western Field Ornithologists

Vol. 52, No. 2
May 2021
Western Field Ornithologists

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Shorebird Surveys of the Lahontan Valley Nevada, 1986–2019, with Recommendations on Monitoring and Management 
Stanley Senner, Brian Tavernia, Jenni Jeffers,
Monica Iglecia, Bethany Chagnon, and Larry Neel

Autumn Copulatory Behavior in California Quail: Observations and Potential Functions
Allison M. Roth, Jennifer M. Gee, and Carl N. Keiser

Arizona Bird Committee Report, 2018–2020 Records
Gary H. Rosenberg and Kurt Radamaker

A Contact Zone between Coastal and Interior Fox Sparrows in South-Central Alaska
Lucas H. DeCicco


A Hooded Crane (Grus monacha) at Delta Junction, a First for Alaska
Jack J. Withrow and Michael Lenze

Locality and Date of Collection of the Type Specimen
of the Slate-colored Fox Sparrow

W. Ross Silcock

First Specimen of the Northern Saw-whet Owl from Baja California, Mexico, with Data on Its Abundance in the Sierra San Pedro Mártir
Tonatiuh Gaona-Melo, Gonzalo de León-Girón, Gorgonio Ruiz-Campos, Irak Rodríguez-Hernández, and Philip Unitt

Ground Nesting by Aechmophorus Grebes in
Orange County, California

Gary M. Santolo

Book Reviews
Graham Chisholm, David L. Pearson, and Clayton Taylor

Featured Photo: First Record of the European Golden-Plover (Pluvialis apricaria) in New Mexico, with Notes on Age, Provenance, 
and Pluvialis Molt
Jodhan Fine, Raymond L. VanBuskirk, 
Jack B. Parlapiano, and Matthew J. Baumann

Front cover photo by © Maureen Blackford of Sahuarita, Arizona: Clay-colored Thrush (Turdus grayi), Arivaca Ciénega, Buenos Aires National Wildlife Refuge, Arizona, 15–26 May 2020, representing the first Arizona record of the species to be accepted by the Arizona Bird Committee. 

Back cover “Featured Photo” by © Jack B. Parlapiano of Albuquerque, New Mexico: European Golden-Plover (Pluvialis apricaria), Maxwell National Wildlife Refuge, New Mexico, 28 September–25 October 2020, representing the first record of this species for New Mexico and the second for western North America. Note the diagnostic clean white axillaries. Pectoral Sandpiper (Calidris melanotos) in the background.