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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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V O L U M E 6 9 ( 2 0 1 5 ) • N U M B E R 1 133 ARIZONA ing late fall and winter anywhere in s. Arizona. A Least Flycatcher was well described at San Bernardino N.W.R. 20 Nov (v.r., †REW); this species is casual in Arizona (mostly during fall and winter), with about 10 accepted records. After a tantalizing report of Buff-breasted Fly - catchers on Mount Graham in Jun, 3 (including a begging juv.) were well documented there 3 Aug (ph. W. Jaremko-Wright); this represents the frst confrmation of this species breeding in the Pinaleño Mountains, Graham. Five Eastern Phoebes were reported statewide, about aver - age for a fall season. A Vermilion Flycatcher at Prescott 28 Nov (ph. R. Lewis) was quite late for this far n. in Arizona. At least 2 Nutting's Flycatchers continued at Bill Williams River N.W.R., with one seen 28 Aug–22 Sep (LHa) and an individual at a different location on the refuge 27 Oct (LHa et al.); it has been diffcult to keep track of how many Nutting's Flycatchers are actually present along the Bill Williams Riv - er. Tropical Kingbirds remain casually in se. Ari- zona into Oct, but one near Betty's Kitchen n. of Yuma 5-18 Nov (ph. PEL) and another at Lake Cochise 18-27 Nov (CDB et al.; ph. RF) were both very late for the state. The family group of Thick-billed Kingbirds that was found in Portal in Jul remained until at least 14 Aug (RAR et al.). A late Western Kingbird was reported at Mam - moth 13 Nov (DJ). The only Eastern Kingbirds reported during the fall both came from n. Ari - zona, with one at Cow Springs Lake 6 Sep (ph. L. Pilkington) and another at Wenima W.A. near Springerville 23 Sep (ph. B. Buck). A Northern Shrike was at Ashurst Lake near Flagstaff 27 Nov (ph. J. Smith); this species is a casual and irregular fall and winter visitor to n. Arizona. Late singing Bell's Vireos were re - ported from Oracle 22 Oct (J. Miller), Granite from summer at four locations. In addition, sin - gles were found at Harshaw Creek, Patagonia Mountains 11-21 Aug (L. Rogers, S. Wething - ton) and Green Valley 8 Oct–27 Nov (returning bird; fde LH). A Blue-throated Hummingbird at Hassayampa River Preserve 31 Oct (ph. M. Oehler) was the frst for Maricopa; this species is quite casual away from se. Arizona. An ad. male Rufous Hummingbird lingered through 25 Oct at Heber (EH). Just 2 Allen's Hum - mingbirds were reported, singles banded in the Chiricahua Mountains 23 Aug (S. Wethington, L. Rogers) and at Florida Canyon 25 Aug (E. Fazio). There was a marked increase in reports of extralimital Broad-billed Hummingbirds. One continued from summer at Camp Verde through the period (ph. H. Kliendienst), and singles were at Hassayampa River Preserve 16 Aug (ph. L. Hoeniger), Gold Canyon 26 Aug (M. Ochs), Gila Box R.N.C.A. 21 Sep (J. Cok - er), a Flagstaff 25 Sep (second record; ph. T. Rodriguez), Box Bar R.A. 20 Oct (TD), Yuma foothills 2 Nov (B. Zaun), Phoenix 10 Nov (M. Weber), Needle Rock R.A. 11 Nov (2 birds; TC), and Black Canyon City 13 Nov (V. Nel - son). The majority of these are from Maricopa, where possibly short-distance wanderers. Up to 2 White-eared Hummingbirds continued in Miller Canyon through 4 Aug (T. Beatty), and one found in Madera Canyon 16 Aug lingered late through 18 Oct (ph. N. Christensen). An Elegant Trogon was n. to Aravaipa Canyon 12 Nov (ph. D. Whitbeck); they are seldom found n. of Interstate 10 in se. Arizona. A few Green Kingfshers were seen along the upper San Pe - dro River: near the San Pedro House 13 Aug (D. Glasco, T. Wills), at Gray Hawk Nature Center 11 Oct (W. Anderson, S. Anderson), and near the San Pedro House again 5 Nov+ (D. Nagle; ph. ARi). Lewis's Woodpeckers congregated at Mormon Lake Village, with 25 there 25 Oct (TD) rising to 75 on 8 Nov (K. Radamaker); elsewhere, they were more wide - spread than usual though not particularly nu- merous. A Red-breasted Sapsucker returned to Whitehouse, Madera Canyon 16 Oct+ (MMS, MP; ph. LH), and singles were in East Whitetail Canyon 22 Oct (RT), at McCormick Park, Tuc - son 3 Nov+ (MMS, MP; ph. T. Loomis), and at Bog Springs, Madera Canyon 13 Nov (ph. LH). A very dark Merlin in Mesa 26 Oct (ph. J. Mill - er) may have been suckleyi; there have been no certain records of that subspecies in Arizona. PASSERINES A Greater Pewee at 'Ahakhav Tribal Preserve near Parker 17 Sep–2 Nov (DVP et al.) was al - most certainly a bird returning for a second win- ter, while one in Madera Canyon 27-28 Oct (ph. LH) was rather late for se. Arizona; this species is casual and unpredictable in occurrence dur - 10 at Pittsburgh Point 22 Sep (LH), 17 were reported statewide 9 Sep–1 Oct. An early Franklin's Gull at B.W.D. 2 Aug (ph. LHa) was joined by a second bird 7 Aug. Heer - mann's Gulls are sporadic visitors to the state; singles were at B.W.D. 29 Sep (A. Eberly et al.) and Mammoth S.T.P. 12 Nov (ph. ED). A very high count of 25 Herring Gulls, including one ad., came from n. Lake Havasu 12 Nov (DVP). Once very rare, now nearly annual, a Thayer's Gull was at Mustang Reservoir, Mohave 15 Oct (ph. S. Langston). A second-cycle Lesser Black-backed Gull at Lake Cochise 8 Sep (ph. D. Brill) would be a frst for se. Arizona; in ad - dition, there are two accepted and four pending records of this species in Arizona. Another frst gull record for se. Arizona, a frst-cycle Glau - cous Gull at Patagonia Lake 17 Nov (ph. AS) would be the state's sixth. It was a good sea - son for jaegers. The least frequently reported of these, an apparent Pomarine Jaeger, was at San Carlos Lake 14 Nov (ph. KK, P. Tersey, DJ). Sin - gle Parasitic Jaegers were at Becker Lake 22 Sep (ph. S. Fish) and Windsor Beach, Lake Havasu 22-27 Sep (†LH, †DVP), and Long-tailed Jae - gers were at Lake Havasu 9-12 (†DVP) & 22 Sep (†LH). Band-tailed Pigeons are rarely found in the lowlands, so 45-50 at Boyce Thompson Arbo - retum 10 Oct (CST) made a remarkable count. Smaller numbers found in multiple scattered lowland locations 7 Oct–24 Nov and others lingering at higher elevations (e.g., 76 in the Pinal Mountains 28 Nov; DPe) indicated an unusual movement of this species. There were scattered reports of Ruddy Ground-Doves: sin - gles at Tres Rios, Phoenix 16 Sep (J. Jones, M. Herring), Gila Bend 6 Nov (PEL), Whitewater Draw W.A. 8 Nov (R. Beck), and Cibola N.W.R. 23 Nov (ph. R. Hargraves), plus 2 at White - water Draw W.A. 27 Nov (D. Touret). A rarely seen migrant Flammulated Owl was at Union Pass Spring, Mohave 5 Oct (ph. P. van Els). Five Long-eared Owls at Big Dike Reservoir 17 Oct (S. Langston) were notable on the Ari - zona Strip. A Short-eared Owl at Catalina S.P. 3 Nov (R. Bowers) was presumably a migrant, while one at Las Cienegas N.C.A. 24 Nov (LH) was in better habitat. There were more reports of Northern Saw-whet Owl than usual, with singles in East Whitetail Canyon, Chiricahua Mountains 1-3 Oct (RT), at Hualapai Peak 10 Oct (A. Eberly), at Prescott 17-18 Oct (CST), along Hwy. 273 in the White Mountains 27 Oct (EH), and in the Chiricahua Mountains 9 Nov (L. Benner, T. Spahr). The warm fall was associ - ated with Common Poorwills singing on late dates at multiple locations from Grand Canyon N.P. to Ajo. A Buff-collared Nightjar continued below Madera Canyon through 6 Aug (m.ob.). Single Plain-capped Starthroats continued This Common Grackle was found at Willcox 5 November 2014; there are now about 30 records for Arizona. Photograph by Max and Lynn Jarrett.

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