ERRATA for MONTEREY
BIRDS, 2d ed. (2002)
by Don Roberson
Eminent historian David Herbert Donald describes, in the preface to his
Lincoln, all the help provided by librarians, researchers,
and copy-editors for his book. He then says: "With this much assistance
I should have written a perfect book, but, of course, I haven't."
For Monterey Birds, 2d ed. (2002), I also had extensive help, gratefully
received from reviewers and copy-editors, but, of course, I also failed
to write a perfect book. The more egregious mistakes are set out below,
beginning with the most serious omissions or errors:
Veery is missing from Appendix A, a chronology of the
Monterey County list (page 478). That omission is bold-faced below between
the two entries that should flank it:
| Bulwer's Petrel
|| 28 July 1998
|| Monterey Bay
|| Jim Danzenbaker, Tristan McKee +
|| 21 Sep 1998
|| Big Sur R. mouth
|| BSOL banded; J. Booker, S.F. Bailey
| Great-winged Petrel
|| 18 Oct 1998
|| Monterey Bay
|| Richard Ternullo, Steve N.G. Howell +
In addition, there appears to be another error in the Appendix A
chronology (at page 472). Citing our Breeding Bird Atlas, Bill Bousman
points out that Northern Mockingbird appears not to have arrived in MTY
until after 1905. Accordingly, a 20th century record should appear on Appendix
A, and Bousman has located this early one (flanked by the entries that
should precede and follow it).
| Sage Thrasher
|| 18 Nov 1918
|| San Lucas
|| Joseph S. Dixon; #MVZ
| Northern Mockingbird
|| 28 Nov 1920
|| A.S. Kibbe [Gull 3(1): 3]
| Nelson's Sharp-tailed Sparrow
|| 18 Oct 1921
|| Laguna Grande, Seaside
|| L.B. Bishop; #FMNH
Breeding Range Maps were inexplicably omitted for five species
— Blue-gray Gnatcatcher through American Robin (between pages 367-373).
Here the breeding range map legend is reproduced, and then the five missing
maps are shown:
The irregular breeding range on various breeding range
maps was printed too lightly and is essentially invisible on some maps
(especially Red Crossbill on p. 464 and Lawrence's Goldfinch on p. 467).
Note that on the breeding map legend (page 71) and as shown above, "irregular"
breeding range was supposed to be shown in cross-hatching. These are the
locales where nesting is sporadic rather than annual. Breeding in these
areas depends on good conditions. On some maps in Monterey Birds,
2d ed. (2002), only the outline of this area was printed (lacking the cross-hatching)
while in other cases (e.g., Red Crossbill) even the outline is missing.
Therefore, reproduced below are all the breeding range maps that included
"irregular" breeding ranges that should have been illustrated by cross-hatching.
Missing bird records or expanded or revised date spans
that have been brought to my attention:
Missing dots on bar graphs:
Least Bittern (p. 112): an additional fall record was overlooked — 24 Aug
1993 Salinas R. mouth (T. Easterla, J. Booker). Thus there are seven MTY
Black-crowned Night-Heron (p. 118): up to 20 pairs have nested in reedy
ponds on the Packard Ranch adjacent to Elkhorn Slough in recent years (but
not every year; per R. Fournier). I was unaware of this ephemeral colony
when writing the text, so it is neither mentioned nor is a dot shown on
the map for the nesting site.
Northern Pintail (p. 136): the small-print text at the account's end references
a 5 Sep 1996 flock from Molera Pt., and by implication suggests this is
the earliest fall record from the Big Sur R. mouth vicinity. There are
actually records there as early as mid-August (per J.N. Davis).
Sora (p. 177): the first documented breeding is stated to be in May-July
1981; it was actually in 1984
Royal Tern (p. 237): the last line of primary text should read: "The most
recent record was an adult at Pajaro R. mouth 25-26 June 1989 (P.J. Metropulous
+)" (not 25-25 June).
Thick-billed Murre (p. 246): the bird off Pt. Sur in 1999 (end of first
paragraph) was actually seen 19 Sep (not 18 Sep).
Ash-throated Flycatcher (p. 322): an additional winter record was overlooked
— 19 Dec 1999 Pfeiffer SB, Big Sur coast (S. Rovell). Thus there are five
Yellow-throated Warbler (401): the Greenwood Park, Pacific Grove, singing
male was 27 May 1983 (not "23 May") and thus the following discussion of
the narrow window for spring dates should be about 24-27 May (not "23-24
Worm-eating Warbler (p. 408): the one that hit a window in Monterey was
on 26 Oct 1995 (not "29 Oct"); it is now a specimen at PGMNH
Green-tailed Towhee (p. 420): one at a Salinas feeder, described as a "late
fall bird ... 4 Nov-1 Dec 1986," actually wintered. It was present 4 Nov
1986 into Feb 1987 (B.H. Gerow). Thus there were four winter records at
the book's publication, not three.
Greater Shearwater (pp. 87, 485): the mid-January record is missing from
Manx Shearwater (pp. 92, 486): the mid-January record is missing from the
Broad-winged Hawk (pp. 160. 489): one wintered through March, so the bar
graph should have a series of tiny dots through March to end at 31 March.
The subspecific discussion is inexplicably missing from Herring
Gull Larus argentatus (p. 227). A final small-print paragraph
should read: All MTY specimens (MVZ, CAS) are labeled as referring to the
North American subspecies smithsonianus, but these specimens have
not been critically reviewed in recent years. Taxonomy in the large Larus
gulls is currently in a state of flux, but certainly the vast majority
of MTY birds are from North American breeding populations. It is possible
that birds from NE Asia, currently listed as L. a. vegae, could
occur as vagrants, but this supposition is not yet supported by documented
records. Several specimens at MVZ are labeled as hybrids between argentatus
and other, unknown, taxa.
Annoying typographic errors:
The Duke Energy power plant at Moss Landing has two huge smokestacks (as
shown in the photo p. 271) not "three" as stated on page 19. What was the
The statement on page 1 that "54 species have been added" since the book's
first edition is off by one; the back cover is correct — there have been
55 species added since Monterey Birds was first published in 1985.
[Crested Caracara was added to the text at the last minute in Aug 2002,
but the statement on page 1 was not corrected.]
Under Snowy Egret (p. 114), reference is made to a few small coastal breeding
colonies in Santa Cruz County. There are none (per D.L. Suddjian).
At the end of Appendix A (p. 479) it is said that Rich Stallcup appears
"17 times" in the chronological listing of first county records. He actually
appears 18 times.
I thank Jim Booker, Bill Bousman, Matt Brady, Jeff N. Davis, Michael Rieser,
David L. Suddjian, and Mike Yough for providing some of these corrections.
Frustratingly, I found quite a number of them myself, producing immediate
gnashing of teeth. Please bring any additional errors or omissions to my
attention at email@example.com.
The names of Kriss Neuman and Laird Henkel are misspelled on p. 110, bottom
of first paragraph. Henkel is also misspelled "Henkle" on p. 4, line 10,
and p. 248, 3rd line from the bottom. Sorry, Laird.. . . (or is it "Larid?"
which my fingers almost typed....). Kriss Neuman's first name is also misspelled
on p. 219, 2nd line from bottom.
In the birding directions, Bullock's Oriole is listed by its old name "Northern
Oriole" here and there (e.g., p. 28). Also on p. 28, the mileage stops
for Tularcitos Ranch should read 18.1 and 18.3 rather than 19.1 and 19.3
(per M. Yough)
Under "SPECIMENS" on p. 53, 1st paragraph, Hastings Natural History Reservation
is mistakenly given another (and incorrect) name.
On page 126, 1st paragraph, 3rd line, the words "San Francisco Bay area"
is missing the final "a."
On page 312, the words "DRAFT 9/27/2002" mysteriously appear in the margin.
At the conclusion of a discussion of El Niño and its impact on the
occurrence of a Swallow-tailed Gull (p. 234), a reference is made to a
probable sight record from the great El Niño of 1895, over a century
ago. That reference should be to Anthony (1895) not "Anthony (1985)." The
reference is correct in the bibliography (p. 503).
Jeff Poklen, the photographer of the flying Tufted Puffin shown at p. 257,
is misspelled "Polken" in the photo credit. Mea culpa.
On color plate 15 (p. 279), the credit line for Robert F. Tintle's Yellow-green
Vireo shot states the date was "9 Oct 1998." The actual date was 9 Oct
Reference to Beak of the Finch by Jonathon Weiner (bottom of p.
464) is misspelled as "Werner" both there and in the bibliography (p. 523).
At the end of Appendix A (p. 479) a set of three years "when 7, then 8,
and finally 9 new species were added, respectively" is highlighted. These
years were 1966 through 1968 (not the illogical "1996 through 1968" as
In the bibliography, reference to Johnson & Toldi (2001), which should
appear on p. 512, instead appears on p. 509 in the citation to Grinnell
(1922) which is therefore all bulixed up.
I am aware of a few other very small typos or grammatical errors here and
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