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On November 14, while birding on private property in Lincoln County, Nevada, Greg Scyphers discovered and photographed Nevada's first state record of Rufous-backed Robin.  

Rufous-backed Robin 2br (Lincoln County, NV) 11-14-12

photo by Greg Scyphers

Unfortunately for Nevada birders, the site is a private ranch and access is restricted to protect the property owner's anonoymity.  

Rufous-backed Robin is an endemic West Mexican species found on Mexico’s Pacific Slope from the states of Sonora south to Oaxaca (Birds of Mexico and Northern Central American (Howell and Webb) where it is described as expanding its range (Smithsonian Field Guide to the Birds of North America, T. Floyd).

This species has recently been shown to be a regular visitor between mid-October and late winter in the ABA Area, having been documented from the southwest, including portions of West Texas, southern New Mexico, Southeast Arizona, western Utah, and southern California during this time period.

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Nate Swick is the editor of the American Birding Association Blog, social media manager for the ABA, and the host of the American Birding Podcast. He lives in Greensboro, North Carolina, with his wife, Danielle, and two young children. He is the author of Birding for the Curious and The ABA Field Guide to Birds of the Carolinas.
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  • What a great bird. The way things are going, it won’t be long before there are no west Mexican endemics at all.

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    I’m hope I’m not horribly embarrassing Greg Scyphers, but I do have a question: Does anybody find a greater share of his or her state’s/province’s megas? And everything Greg finds usually gets photographed, often gets seen by many, and always gets promptly and compellingly documented for the Nevada Bird Records Committee.

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