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VOLUME 69 No1 2016

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 132 ARIZONA Carlos Lake, 10 (half ads.) present 14-16 Nov (KK et al.) were likely continuing birds from earlier in the season. A Tricolored Heron was found at Sierra Vista S.T.P. 7 Sep (R. Beck), and one continued at Tucson through 5 Aug. The only report of Reddish Egret came from Gila Bend 21-27 Sep (ph. TC). Mississippi Kites are seldom seen away from breeding areas in se. Arizona; 2 were at Camp Verde 14 Aug (R. Radd), and one was at Tuma - cacori 19 Sep (KK). A Common Black Hawk was late at along Tonto Creek near Gisela 19 Oct (B. Walsh), and up to 2 remained at Page Springs through 5 Nov (R. Armstrong et al.). Rare in the L.C.R.V., a Harris's Hawk was unexpected at Havasu N.W.R. 23 Oct (DVP, ML). Scattered reports of Red-shouldered Hawks, mostly from w. Arizona, included singles at Cameron 4 Sep (Z. Zdinak), Yuma West Wetlands 27 Sep (ph. T. Pockette), Dateland 25 Oct (PEL, BC), and Hassayampa River Preserve 5-26 Nov (S. Hos - mer), plus 2 at Bill Williams River N.W.R. 13 Nov+ (DVP, LHa). Single Broad-winged Hawks were reported from Havasu N.W.R. 23 Sep (DVP, ML, LHa) and from Grand Canyon N.P. 29 Sep (C. Babbitt) and again 6 Oct (B. Gat - lin). Short-tailed Hawk remains mostly limited to the "sky island" mountains of se. Arizona. One continued in the Santa Catalina Mountains through 5 Sep (m.ob.), and one was in the Bar - foot area of the Chiricahua Mountains 11-22 Aug (J. Higgins). Casual in Navajo, 2 Sandhill Cranes were at Jacques Marsh, Pinetop 7 Nov (L. Langstaff). The only reports of Black-bellied Plover were 2 at Lake Cochise 5 Oct (T. Battiste, ph. J. Knott) and one there 9 Nov (ph. LH). Snowy Plover remains a very uncommon migrant; singles were at Alamo Lake 2 Aug (EH, LHa) and Ajo S.T.P. 17 Aug (J. Veverka), and 2 were at G.R.P. 12-13 Sep (M. Herring). Two Semipalmated Plovers were late at G.R.P. 23-30 Nov (M. Her - ring). Two early Mountain Plovers were in the Santa Cruz Flats 5 Oct (MMS, MP). Six Ameri - can Avocets were late at Casner Tank, Coconino 21-26 Nov (DVP, LHa), and single Solitary Sandpipers were likewise at Parker Dam 23 Oct (LHa) and Watson Lake 26 Nov (D. Moll). A Whimbrel was casual at Lake Cochise 9-13 Sep (W. Jaremko-Wright). Among 9 Semipalmated Sandpipers reported 27 Aug–13 Sep, the high - lights were one at San Carlos S.T.P. 31 Aug (ED) and 3 at Many Farms Lake 1 Sep (E. Hough et al.). Thirteen Short-billed Dowitchers reported 13 Aug–21 Oct was above average. Up to 5 Wilson's Phalaropes were late at Lake Cochise 9-11 Nov (T. Spahr; LH). Single Red-necked Phalaropes were late at Lake Cochise 16 Oct (M. Turisk), Gilbert Water Ranch 21 Oct (EH), and Lake Cochise 30 Oct (RF). It was a good fall for Sabine's Gulls. Apart from an impressive groups totaling 21 statewide were noted 4-26 Nov (m.ob.). Single Pacifc Loons were at Pittsburgh Point, Lake Havasu 22 Sep (LH), Big Lake 27 Oct (EH), Willow Lake 12 Nov (CST), and B.W.D. 24 Nov+ (DVP, LHa). Common Loons were more numerous than usual away from the L.C.R.V., with 26 reported 2-30 Nov (m.ob.). Maintaining a toehold in the state, a single Least Grebe was at Peña Blanca Lake 4 Aug (ph. G. Wood), while an ad. and 3 juvs. were at Ruby Lakes, California Gulch 28 Aug–17 Oct (ph. RF; ph. AS). An early Red-necked Grebe was a surprise on the Navajo Nation at Wheat - felds Lake 31 Aug (ph., †LHa; ph., †DVP, ph. EH). Eared Grebes were feeding young at Big Lake on the late date of 2 Sep (EH). A juv. Red-billed Tropicbird that crashed at Beaver Valley, 10.5 km n. of Payson 14 Aug (G. Price; ph. T. Smith, J. Miller) was taken to a re - habilitator and later sent to San Diego for re- lease. This provides Arizona's eighth record and is also the easternmost and the frst during Aug. A few days after the remnants of Hurricane Nor - bert passed through, an ad. female Brown Booby was found and photographed 11 Sep (ph. via L. Piest) along the border wall s. of Yuma by a U.S. Border Patrol agent; it was taken to a rehabili - tator. Neotropic Cormorants continue to pros- per in greater Phoenix, as evidenced by 1200 birds and 560 active nests in Chandler 1 Aug (TC). At Alamo Lake, a remarkable 144 present 2 Aug (EH, LHa) made a very large concentra - tion away from Phoenix. North of the Mogollon Rim, where they are still relatively scarce, up to 3 were at Flagstaff 3 Aug–9 Oct, and one was at Becker Lake 1 Oct (EH). An impressive 800 American White Pelicans were on Alamo Lake 26 Sep (LHa). Brown Pelicans are typically late summer and early fall wanderers to the state from the Gulf of California. Among several reports, 9 at San Carlos Lake 19 Sep (ph. ED) were of greatest interest. Later in the season, an impressive 64 (mostly ads.) were counted fying over B.W.D. 2 Nov (DVP); although some were on the California side of the lake, this represents an extremely high count for Arizona. At San Scaup arrived early at B.W.D. 29 Sep (LHa, A. Ebert); the peak tally there this season was 317 counted 13 Nov (DVP, LHa). Surf Scoters were more numerous than usual, with 15 reported 28 Sep–15 Nov (m.ob.), including 7 on Sagua - ro Lake 10 Nov (TD). White-winged Scoter re- ports included 2 at Lake Cochise 18 Nov (CBen et al., ph. GHR, ARi) and one on Lake Pleasant 22-25 Nov (T. Marquardt). Formerly very rare, Black Scoter continued its recent trend of being annual in the state, with 2 at South Cove, Lake Mead 8 Nov (ph. EH) and one on Lake Pleas - ant 22 Nov (†TC). The high count of Common Goldeneye at B.W.D. was 338 noted 17 Nov (LHa). Barrows' Goldeneyes were reported only at B.W.D., where they peaked at 14 on 24 Nov (DVP, LHa). Red-breasted Merganser, typically a scarce migrant away from the L.C.R.V., was more numerous than usual there and across the state. Notable concentrations included 53 at Imperial Dam 5 Nov (PEL), 27 at B.W.D. 6 Nov (DVP, A. Eberly), 91 at Mittry Lake 6 Nov (PEL), 31 at Willow Lake 11 Nov (CST), and 51 at Lake Pleasant 11 Nov (TD). Smaller This Red-billed Tropicbird was discovered in Beaver Valley just north of Payson 22 August 2014 and represents an eighth Arizona record. The bird was rehabilitated and taken to San Diego in late August for release. Photograph by Thory Smith and Jan Miller. This Glaucous Gull was a well-documented fyby on Patagonia Lake 17 November 2014, only a sixth record for Arizona. Photograph by Alan Schmierer. This second-cycle Lesser Black-backed Gull was photographed at Willcox 8 September 2014. There are only two previously accepted state records (and four pending) for Arizona. Photograph by Daniel Brill.

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