North American Birds

VOLUME 69 NO3 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 6 ) • N U M B E R S 3 / 4 459 N E W M E X I C O topher Rustay, Jeffrey I. Sanchez, Catherine Sandell, Marcy Scott, Jarrod B. Swackhamer, Steve West, S. O. Williams, James Zabriskie. n –––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––– Sartor O. Williams III, Division of Birds, Museum of Southwestern Biology, University of New Mexico, Albuquerque, New Mexico 87131-0001 (sunbittern@earthlink.net) Baumann, Charles Britt, David J. Cleary, Dylan Cuellar, Wyatt Egelhoff, Bernard Foy, David Griffin, David Hawksworth, Charles Hayes, Nancy Hetrick, Michael Hilchey, Will Jaremko- Wright, Andrew Johnson, James Joseph, David Krueper, Carroll Littlefield, Martin MacRoberts, William Maley, Robert Nieman, Jerry Olden - ettel, John Parmeter, Megan Ruehmann, Chris- (ph. DJC). East of usual, a male Orchard Oriole was singing at Bosque Redondo Lake 1 Jun (C. Chappell), and a pair was at Mesilla Bosque S.P. 27 Jun (ph. C. Goin). A small population of American Goldfinches again summered at Fred Baca Park, Taos (ph. R. D'Antonio). Cited observers: Jonathan Batkin, Matthew Arizona their amazing spread across s. Arizona with many reports from outlying locations; one at Yuma 4 May (ph. A. Eberly), another at Impe - rial N.W.R. 12 May (LHa), and another at Yuma 14 May (LHa, A. Eberly) were the westernmost records reported. An American White Pelican was at Marana 24 May–1 Jun (ph. C. Thayer), and a flock of 83 was at Willcox 26 May (B. Brown); this species is just casual in s. Arizona as a migrant in spring. No fewer than 15 Brown Pelicans were reported statewide this spring, an above-average number for one season. Six White-tailed Kites were reported from se. Arizona this spring; this species remains a rare but regular species in the state, with very few nests ever found. A Mississippi Kite was at Portal 11 May (ph. D. Logue); this is well e. of known breeding areas in the state. Another imm. was at Tucson 19 May, also away from breeding locations. At least 68 Common Black Hawks were seen during a "hawkwatch" along the Santa Cruz at Tubac 13 Mar (P. Collins et al.); although it is now well known that Com - mon Black Hawks can be seen along the Santa Cruz River in Mar, this is the highest single- day count for this species in Arizona. More un - usual were nests located at Sonoita Creek 14 Apr (AS) and at Patagonia Lake 8 May (AS). A Harris's Hawk was well n. and w. of known breeding areas at Golden Valley, Mohave 25 Apr (ph. M. Brock, P. Brock). Two Red-shouldered Hawks continued at Hassayampa River Pre - serve 14 Mar–15 May (DVP), where they have been present for several years. Elsewhere, one was at Flagstaff 27 Mar (T. Linda), one was at Yuma 10 Apr (A. Eberly), another was at Yuma 30 Apr (HD), and one was at Betty's Kitchen n. of Yuma 9 May (A. Eberly); this species is still considered casual in the state. Six Broad- winged Hawks were reported statewide in Apr and May; this species is rare but regular in the state as a migrant. Gray Hawk reports away from known breeding areas included one along the Santa Maria River above Alamo Lake 19-21 Mar (DVP) and an active nest at Date Creek Ranch, nw. of Congress, 26 May+ (A. Arcidianco; ph. S. Hough); this species has Colorado River Valley), Sweetwater (Sweetwa - ter Wetlands, Tucson). WATERFOWL THROUGH RAPTORS Although Black-bellied Whistling-Duck is an expected species in se. Arizona, it has become decidedly less numerous in recent years. A high concentration of 79 individuals at Amado S.T.P. 30 Apr (LH) was a good count, especially for Pima. Elsewhere, one at Willcox 4 May (S. Santino), 2 at Whitewater Draw 8 May (DS, TJ), and 2 at Yuma 14 May (LHa) were all away from usual areas for this species in s. Arizona. Three Greater White-fronted Geese at Willcox 26 Apr (CMc) were likely migrants at this loca - tion, and one at Kearny Lake 26-30 May (ph. TC) was very late and appeared habituated to humans. A duck first reported as a Eurasian Wigeon at Glendale Recharge Ponds 2-15 Apr (ph. L. Hoeniger) was an American Wigeon x Eurasian Wigeon hybrid. A "small flock" of Greater Scaup was at Wellton 3 Mar, with one remaining until 17 Mar (HD); a female was at Gilbert Water Ranch 11 Apr (ph. L. Hoeinger); and another was reported at San Carlos Lake 15 Apr (KK, P. Tersey). Greater Scaup is rare in s. Arizona away from the L.C.R.V. A Com - mon Goldeneye was at Granite Reef along the Salt River 17 Apr and remained until the very late date of 1 Jun (ph. D. Clark). Scattered Red- breasted Mergansers were reported this spring across s. Arizona in Apr, including 3 at Willcox 26 Apr (CMc), where it is seldom reported. A Pacific Loon found at Amado S.T.P. in Jan was last reported 22 Mar (m.ob.). A basic- plumaged bird was at Martinez Lake 12 May (ph. LHa), and another was at Patagonia Lake 22 May (DS); both of these reports were very late and locally unusual. Common Loon is rarely seen during migration in Arizona, but 2 vocal birds were at Lake Pleasant 4-22 Apr (F. Mayer), and a breeding-plumaged bird was at Sedona 26-27 Apr (ph. S. Hough). A Least Grebe was in sw. Tucson 28 Apr–1 May (D. Weisz; ph. AC); this species is casual in the state, particularly away from ponds and lakes near Nogales. Neotropic Cormorants continue Gary H. Rosenberg Mark M. Stevenson –––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––– SPRING –––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––– A relatively warm and dry winter gave way to an early spring, highlighted by an amazing number of Mexican strays being discovered in the state, including Eared Quet - zal, a pair of Tufted Flycatchers, Blue Mocking- bird, Crescent-chested Warbler, Fan-tailed War- bler, Slate-throated Redstart, and Flame-colored Tanager. Also of interest was an amazing high single-day count of migrating Common Black Hawks, and a general trend of several species found north and west of their normal breeding distribution in the state. Also of note was the mini-irruption of Cassin's Finches, Red Cross - bills, and Evening Grosbeaks into the state dur- ing the spring (not winter). Abbreviations: A.B.C. (Arizona Bird Com- mittee), B.W.D. (Bill Williams Delta), G.R.P. (Glendale Recharge Ponds), L.C.R.V. (Lower

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