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The Quarterly Journal of Western Field Ornithologists

Vol. 53, No. 3
August 2022
Western Field Ornithologists

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The Tricolored Blackbird in Washington State: First Assessment of Status and Distribution
Andrew J. McCormick

Habitat-Patch Occupancy of Western Screech-Owls in Suburban Southern California
Jonah Gula

An Inca Tern in the Hawaiian Islands: First Record for Hawaii and the United States
Eric A. VanderWerf

Molt Strategies by Age and Subspecies in the Willow Flycatcher
Peter Pyle and Blaine H. Carnes


Breeding Status and First Nest Record of the Lesser Goldfinch in Montana
Paul Hendricks and Adam Mitchell

First Record of the White-faced Ibis Nesting in Baja California Sur
Gerardo Marrón, Luisa Marrón, and Robert Carmona

Willow Flycatcher Nesting within Narrowleaf Cottonwood in the Sierra Nevada
Scott E. Dietrich

Apparent Predation by Rock Wren of Common Sagebrush Lizard
Daniel Casey and Paul Hendricks

Object Play in the Royal Tern
Lisa D. Walker-Roseman and Floyd E. Hayes

Peregrine Falcon Steals Prey from White-tailed Kites
Ken Phenicie, Jr., Steve Zamek, and Edward R. Pandolfino

Book Review
Charles V. Almdale

Front cover photo by © Eric VanderWerf of Honolulu, Hawaii: Inca Tern (Larosterna inca) at Halona Point, Oahu, Hawaii, 8 January 2022, representing the first record of this South American species for Hawaii and the United States, as well as the first record far from the coast of the Americas. As VanderWerf outlines in this issue of Western Birds, the bird circulated among the Hawaiian Islands for 10 months, 10 March 2021–8 January 2022, during which time it assumed its definitive plumage.

Back cover photo by ©  Ken Phenicie, Jr., of San Jose, California: Peregrine Falcon (Falco peregrinus) approaching a White-tailed Kite (Elanus leucurus) to rob it of its prey. The falcon repeatedly and successfully robbed multiple kites on 9 and 10 September 2021 near Half Moon Bay, California, as Ken Phenicie, Jr., Steve Zamek, and Edward R. Pandolfino describe in this issue.