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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N O R T H A M E R I C A N B I R D S 464 A R I Z O N A only an eighth record for the park and a first for the South Rim. At least 2 Five-striped Sparrows were in Chino Canyon, Santa Rita Mountains 28 Jun (LH); this species has apparently re-established itself as a breeding species at this location, after a long hiatus during the 1990s and 2000s. A flock of 7 Lark Buntings along the Portal Rd. 31 Jul (M. O'Brien) was early for se. Arizona. A White-crowned Sparrow was at Marana 12-14 Jun (ph. C. Thayer); this species is casual in se. Arizona this late in the month. Elsewhere, one in nw. Tucson 11 Jul (D. Smyth) was early as a migrant, and 2 were at Mount Baldy in the White Mountains 22 Jul (TD); this species has been suspected of nesting at this location (Mount Baldy) previously, but this has not yet been confirmed. A Yellow-eyed Junco found at Flagstaff during the spring was last reported 18 Jul (E. Renn, fide CL). A pair of Summer Tanagers was noted nest - ing at Pasture Canyon, Tuba City 4 Jun (CL); this species is only a casual breeding species in ne. Arizona, with only a few confirmed re - cords. The nesting pair of Flame-colored Tana- gers discovered in Ramsey Canyon during the spring was seen throughout summer (m.ob.). A second male Flame-colored was reported from upper Ramsey Canyon, well up canyon from the nesting pair, 4 Jun (LHa, DVP). A singing male Northern Cardinal was along the Bill Williams River 22 Jun (EH) at the same lo - cation where a pair bred in 2014. Unusual for Jun, a singing male Painted Bunting was at Tres Rios, Phoenix 23 Jun–10 Jul (C. Strand; ph. W. Noe), and another ad. male was at San Ber - nardino N.W.R. 25 Jun (REW). A singing male Dickcissel was at San Bernardino N.W.R. 16 Jul (M. Ali); this species is casual in se. Arizona during the summer. Two Hooded Orioles were at Page 12 Jul (ph. L. Pilkington); this species is casual in n. Arizona. A Cassin's Finch was at Willow Canyon, Santa Catalina Mountains 29 Jul (ph. M. O'Brien), where this species is not known to nest. Cited observers: Andrew Core (Tucson), Troy Corman, Tommy DeBardeleben, Dee Dee De - Lorenzo, Henry Detwiler, Richard Fray, Brian Gatlin, Laurens Halsey, Lauren Harter (LHa), Eric Hough, Keith Kamper, Chuck LaRue, Da - vid Moll, Brian Nicholas, David vander Pluym, Molly Pollock, Arlene Ripley, Will Russell, Da - vid Stejskal, Mark M. Stevenson, Carl S. To- moff, Richard E. Webster, Erica Wilson, John Yerger. n –––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––– Gary H. Rosenberg, P. O. Box 91856, Tucson, Arizona 85752-1856 (ghrosenberg@comcast.net) Mark M. Stevenson, 4201 East Monte Vista Drive, #J207, Tucson, Arizona 85712-5554 (drbrdr@att.net) A Black-capped Gnatcatcher at Guindani Can- yon, Whetstone Mountains 17 Jul (v.r. J. Mac- Farland) was at a new location for this species in se. Arizona. A Townsend's Solitaire was seen and heard at upper Miller Canyon 23 Jul (EW); although a common bird in the n. portion of the state, this species is not known to breed in se. Ari - zona. An apparent Clay-colored Thrush was photographed at a residence in Portal 21 Jun (ph. L. & T. Gates); if accepted by the A.B.C., this would establish a first Arizona record. Sin - gle American Robins were at Tempe 22 Jun (J. Nickels) and at Lake Havasu City 26 Jun (DVP); although primarily a montane species in Arizo - na, it has been known to nest locally in Phoenix and along the L.C.R.V. A pair of Gray Catbirds nested successfully at Willow Bend, Flagstaff 29 Jun+ (ph. R. Sleeper et al.), providing what ap - peared to be the first breeding in Arizona away from the White Mountains. Casual in the state during summer, single Brown Thrashers were at Willcox 16 Jun (ph. M. & L. Jarrett) and at Becker Lake, Springerville 30 Jul (DM). On the heels of Arizona's fourth Blue Mockingbird at Ramsey Canyon during the spring, another (or the same?) was netted along the Lower San Pedro River 25 Jul (ph. D. Laush, W. Leitner), establishing what would be a fifth state record. An Olive Warbler at Hull Tank near the South Rim of the Grand Canyon 26 Jun (BG) was only a third report from the Grand Canyon region, and a first for the South Rim; like several other se. Arizona species, Olive Warbler has been spreading northward and westward in recent years. A Chestnut-collared Longspur was at Willcox 18 Jul (ph. H. Hansen); this species is casual in the state during summer. WARBLERS THROUGH FINCHES Ovenbirds were reported from Little Elden Spring, Coconino 6-7 Jun (R. Auler) and at Comfort Spring, Huachuca Mountains 16 Jun (v.r. M. Collins); this species is casual in the state during summer. A male Black-and-white Warbler at Grapevine Canyon, Yavapai 18 Jul (F. Guerrero), and another was at Patagonia Roadside Rest 30 Jul (L. Schmahl). A Nash - ville Warbler at Rose Canyon, Santa Catalina Mountains 29 Jul (M. O'Brien) was early for se. Arizona. A Northern Parula at Pot Cave, Lake Mohave 11 Jun (LHa) was the only one reported during the summer. Multiple Rufous- capped Warblers were again seen in both Flor - ida and Hunter Canyons, suggesting local nest- ing; elsewhere, 5 (2 ads. and 3 young) were in Peña Blanca Canyon 2 km s. of Ruby Rd. 9 Jul+ (S. Johnsen, R. Lancaster; ph. LH), establish - ing yet another new location for this species in se. Arizona. A Painted Redstart near the South Rim of the Grand Canyon 11 Jun (BG) made FLYCATCHERS THROUGH LONGSPURS The discovery of Arizona's fourth and fifth Tufted Flycatchers in Miller Canyon and Ramsey Canyon (assuming the 2 were dif - ferent birds) was followed by the individual in Ramsey Canyon pairing up with a second bird by 11 Jun (ph. W. Brooks; m.ob.) and at - tempting nesting. Unfortunately, the nest was not successful and was eventually abandoned, but both birds were present through Jul+. An Olive-sided Flycatcher in Sycamore Canyon 17 Jun (RF) was very late for a northbound mi - grant. A singing Greater Pewee at Desert View, South Rim of the Grand Canyon 10 Jun (R. Hannawacker, fide BG) was well n. of known breeding areas below the Mogollon Rim in s. Arizona. A Willow Flycatcher was along the Santa Cruz River near Carmen 29 Jul (DS), where this species is not known to nest. Sur - prising was a calling Dusky-capped Flycatcher at Springerville 25 Jun (G. Crandall); this is well n. and e. of known breeding areas and may have represented a first Apache record. Nutting's Flycatchers were again reported at different locations along the Bill Williams Riv - er, with what was thought to be two different pairs at different locations during Jun (EH); de - termining the exact number of Nutting's along the river has been problematic (fide DVP, LHa). Three Sulphur-bellied Flycatchers (an ad. and 2 juvs.) at Pine Creek Canyon near Pine, Gila 12 Jul (ph. B. Ison) were n. of normal breeding areas in the state; this species has bred along the Mogollon Rim previously but not annually. Tropical Kingbirds continue to flourish in s. Arizona; one at Pot Cave, Lake Mohave 11 Jun (LHa) was at a new location in the L.C.R.V. and is the northernmost report in the valley. Thick- billed Kingbirds were also seen at a number of scattered locations in se. Arizona away from typical breeding areas; one along the Bill Wil - liams River 16 Jul (ph. EH) may have provided a first summer report from the L.C.R.V. The Yellow-throated Vireo that was found in Ramsey Canyon in May was last reported 20 Jun (M. Kehl). Another was at Happy Valley 28 Jun (ph. N. Lange); this species has become a rare regular visitor in Arizona. A singing male Hutton's Vireo was along the Bill Williams Riv - er 10 Jun–27 Jul (EH), near where a pair bred in 2014. A singing male Red-eyed Vireo was at Lynx Creek, Prescott 24 Jul (CST). Single Bank Swallows at San Bernardino N.W.R. 1 Jul (REW) and at Ajo 7 Jul (J. Veverka) were early for returning migrants. A Barn Swallow at Vicksburg Road Farms, La Paz 3 Jul (LHa) was away from breeding areas and very early for a southbound migrant. Seemingly out of place, and away from both breeding areas and habi - tat, was a flock of 7 Bushtits at Willcox 18 Jul (ph. CDB); 2 were at Sierra Vista 26 Jul+ (EW).

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