North American Birds

VOLUME 68 NO4 2015

A Quarterly Journal of Ornithological Record Published by the American Birding Association. The mission of the journal is to provide a complete overview of the changing panorama of our continent’s birdlife.

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N O R T H A M E R I C A N B I R D S 540 at Old Sawmill Spring, Huachuca Mountains 17 Jun (ph. T. Deecken) was at a very high el- evation and likely represented a migrant. Unusual was a singing Western Meadowlark at Las Cienegas N.C.A. 10 Jun (LH). An ad. male Hooded Oriole at Eagar 15 Jun (ph. E. Trieman) provided one of the few n. Arizona records. Another Hooded Oriole was at Gran- ite Dells, Prescott 16 Jun (W. Anderson), where the species is casual at best. An ad. female Bal- timore Oriole was at Bill Williams River N.W.R. 13 Jul (†T. Hyde; ph. ML); virtually all previous accepted records for the state are of males. A wandering group of 4 Red Crossbills was at an unusually low elevation (and away from pines) at Bill Williams River N.W.R. 8 Jul (EH). An ad. male Lawrence's Goldfnch was at Clarkdale 1 Jun (ph. S. & D. Rasmussen), another male was at Flagstaff also 1 Jun (ph. N. Vangestel), and one was at Parker 18 Jul (EH); this species is casual during summer away from the few ir- regular breeding areas. Contributors: Christie van Cleve, Jeff Coker (JCo), Andrew Core (Tucson), Troy Corman, Tommy DeBardeleben, Henry Detwiler, Lau- rens Halsey, Lauren Harter (LHa), Eric Hough, Keith Kamper, Shaun Langston, Chuck LaRue, Michael Lester, David vander Pluym, Shaun Putz, Rose Ann Rowlett, Will Russell, Alan Schmierer, Dave Stejskal, Mark M. Stevenson, Rick Taylor, Richard E. Webster, Jason Wilder, Erika Wilson, John Yerger. n –––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––– Mark M. Stevenson, 4201 East Monte Vista Drive, #J207, Tucson, Arizona 85712-5554 (drbrdr@att.net) Gary H. Rosenberg, P. O. Box 91856, Tucson, Arizona 85752-1856 (ghrosenberg@comcast.net) a Red-faced Warbler photographed at Tempe 28 Jul (ph. J. Rhoads), most likely a post-breeding wanderer. Very high numbers of Yellow-breasted Chats were detected during censuses in the Bill Williams River N.W.R., with a high count of 88 counted 17 Jul (DVP). A Five-striped Sparrow was in lower Florida Canyon 28 Jun (ph. LH); this species is only irregularly reported from the Santa Rita Moun- tains, most notably from Chino and Montosa Canyons. A Lark Bunting along San Simon Road n. of the Chiricahuas 6 Jul (WR) was a bit early for a fall arrival. Both Vesper and Savan- nah Sparrows were found singing near Kaibab Lodge 11-13 Jul (DS); both of these species are rare in summer at this location. A singing White-crowned Sparrow was at Philomena Spring, San Francisco Peaks at 3480 m eleva- tion 20 Jun (JWl); there have been few summer records of this species in the state, but it has been considered a likely rare breeder at high elevations in both the San Francisco Peaks and White Mountains. More convincing of breed- ing in the state for White-crowned Sparrow was an ad. with 4 fedglings seen along the Mount Baldy Trail in the White Mountains 31 Jul (TD). Two Northern Cardinals, casual at best along the L.C.R.V., were at Bill Williams River N.W.R. 11-17 Jun (LHa, EH), one was in the Yuma West Wetlands 18 Jun–18 Jul (ph. L. Hamil- ton), and at least 3 (2 singing males) were again at Bill Williams 21 Jul (T. Hyde, EH). A Yellow Grosbeak was in a Miller Canyon yard 16-18 Jun (ph. CVC), providing about a twentieth Arizona record, the vast majority of which were found during Jun. An ad. male Lazuli Bunting at Havasu N.W.R. 29 Jul (DVP) was early for the L.C.R.V. A male Varied Bunting at 2280 m at Little Spring, San Francisco Peaks 28 Jun (CL; ph. SP). Hooded Warblers are more regular dur- ing the summer, with singing males at Huachuca Canyon 14 Jun (L. Liese), at Cave Canyon, Santa Rita Mountains 29-30 Jun (KK, P. Tersey), and at Sunfower 24 Jul (HD). Four American Red- starts were found during Jun, about average for a summer. An ad. male Chestnut-sided War- bler was at Little Spring, San Francisco Peaks 22 Jun–2 Jul (ph. G. Botello); there have been very few summer records for the state. A Hermit Warbler on the San Francisco Peaks 19 Jun (T. Linda) was very late. Rufous-capped Warblers continued at a number of known locations, with at least 3 individuals present in lower Florida Canyon throughout the season, 2 in Miller Canyon 2-7 Jun (R. Beck), and 2 in Hunter Canyon 3 Jul–1 Aug (R. Beck). In addition to these continuing birds, one was discovered in Cave Creek Canyon 11 Jun (ph. P. Taylor), and another was at Carr Canyon 3 Jul (ph. J. Ad- dis). This species is following in the footsteps of Black-capped Gnatcatcher and certainly appears to be expanding in se. Arizona. Remarkable was A r i z O n A This Rufous-capped Warbler was discovered in Cave Creek Canyon on 11 June 2014. Although there are now more than twenty records for Arizona, few have been from the Chiricahua Mountains. Photograph by Pat Taylor. Clark, NV); H.B.V.P. (Henderson Bird Viewing Preserve, Clark, NV); Lake Mead (Lake Mead N.R.A., Clark, NV); Lytle (Lytle Ranch Pre- serve, Washington, UT); Miller's R.A. (Miller's Rest Area, Esmeralda, NV); Pahranagat (Pah - ranagat N.W.R., Lincoln, NV); Quail Creek (Quail Creek S.P., Washington, UT). CORMORANTS THROUGH ORIOLES Neotropic Cormorant sightings continue to increase in the Great Basin, with 10 total in- dividuals observed. Utah sightings included 2 each at Taylorsville, Salt Lake, 12 Jun (ph. RY), Quail Creek 1 Jun–1 Aug (RF), and Ivins Reservoir, Washington 11 Jul (RF), plus a single at Blue Springs Reservoir, Washington 15 Jul–6 Aug (RF). Neotropic Cormorants were observed in Nevada at H.B.V.P. 20 Jun needed moisture through much of the Re- gion. Nevada's frst Tropical Kingbird was found at Miller's Rest Area, a well-known vagrant trap along Highway 6/95 in Esmer- alda County. Additional Nevada highlights included Little Blue Heron, Reddish Egret, a banded Louisiana Waterthrush, and a male Hepatic Tanager. Utah highlights included a Little Blue Heron and the second accepted re- cord of Mexican Whip-poor-will. Abbreviations: Antelope Island (Antelope Island State Park and Causeway, Davis, UT); Corn Creek (Corn Creek Unit, Desert N.W.R., Clark, NV); Duck Creek (Duck Creek Wet- lands Park, Las Vegas, Clark, NV); Farming- ton Bay (Farmington Bay W.M.A., Davis, UT); Floyd Lamb (Floyd Lamb Park, Las Vegas, Rick Fridell –––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––– S ummer thunderstorms brought a bit of relief from the persistent drought in the Great Basin and provided some much Great Basin

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