North American Birds

VOLUME 70 NO1 2017

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 7 0 ( 2 0 1 7 ) • N U M B E R 1 95 A R I Z O N A Sep (K. MacLeod, R. Sleeper, D. Hejna, R. Bonner, R. Auler, BG, TL); this is a poorly pub - licized annual phenomenon that has demonstrated Broad- winged Hawk is regular in small numbers there during fall migration. Elsewhere, single Broad-wingeds were reported from Tres Rios 13 Sep (ph. D. Moore), and from Hunter Can - yon 10 Oct (J. Bosler et al.). Records of Short-tailed Hawks away from mountain breeding locations continue to increase, with one at Tubac 9 Aug (WR), one at San Simon Cienega 20 Aug (†REW), and one at the Tubac Hawk Watch 8 Oct (P. Collins). Individual Zone-tailed Hawks at Beal Conservation Area, Mohave, 6 Aug (ph. A. Arcidiacano), and at Yuma 15 Nov (S. Detwiler) were away from known areas of oc - currence, with the Nov bird perhaps attempting to winter locally? A high count of 54 Ferrugi - nous Hawks were counted in agricultural fields s. of Yuma 10 Nov (HD). Three different Green Kingfishers, now ca- sual in the state, were found this fall, with one at Peña Blanca L. 23-27 Aug (M. Klinkel et al.), one at the SWRS in Cave Creek Canyon 27-28 Aug (ph. J. Hoffman, REW, RAR), providing a first local record, and one at St. David 18 Oct (ph. D. Weisz). Six Yellow-bellied Sapsuckers and 6 Red-breasted Sapsuckers were found statewide this fall, about average for both of these rare but regular visitors. A very early Merlin (of the subspecies richardsoni) was at San Bernardino N.W.R. 27 Aug (†REW). FLYCATCHERS THROUGH LONGSPURS The Tufted Flycatcher that was discovered in Ramsey Canyon during the spring remained until at least 19 Oct (m.ob.). Single Greater Pewees were at 'Ahakhav Tribal Preserve near Parker 11 Oct+ (ph. CMc), and at Sweetwater and Roger Road STP 1-13 Nov (ph. R. Williams et al.); this species is a very rare late fall and winter visitor to lowland riparian areas in s. Arizona. Amazing was 23 Willow Flycatchers in a small park (Rotary Park) in Lake Havasu City 10 Sep (LHa), a very high concentration for this species anywhere in Arizona. No fewer than ten Eastern Phoebes were detected state - wide this fall, a greater-than-normal number for a single season. At least two different Nut - ting's Flycatchers found along the Bill Williams R. during the spring and summer remained into the fall, with one in the Planet Ranch area of Bill Williams NWR 10 Aug (ph. EH), and another near Cougar Point on the same refuge Park, Glendale 20 Nov (ph. L. Hoeniger). Although regular along the Colorado R. during fall and winter, Common Loon is very rare in the state away from there; one was at Ashurst L. outside Flagstaff 17 Oct–14 Nov (J. Crouse, T. Linda et al.). Neotropic Cormorants con - tinue to spread n. and w. in the state; of note this fall were in - dividuals at Kachina Wetlands s. of Flagstaff 25 Jul–8 Aug (R. Sleeper), and at Ashurst 20 Sep (J&R Crouse). Scattered Brown Pelicans made a push into Arizona during Nov, with one at Dankworth Pond near Safford 15 Nov (JCo), one ne. of Willcox 26 Nov (RT), three at Bill Williams Delta also 26 Nov (C. Morris), one at Amado 27 Nov (J. Ellyson), and one at Mammoth 29 Nov (DJ). Reddish Egret has be - come more regular as a late summer/fall visitor to the state; this fall individuals were found at Vicksburg 9 Aug (ph. LHa), at Paloma Ranch 11 Sep (WG), and at Coon Bluff along the Salt Riv - er ne. of Scottsdale 25-26 Oct (ph. R. Rinsem, S. Fishburn). Nine Cattle Egrets at Red L. 5 Sep (R. Pilkington), and 15 at Flagstaff 12 Oct (B. Cooley) were both good concentrations for n. Arizona. A late and very high concentration of 3000 White-faced Ibis was at the n. end of the Parker Valley 3 Nov (LHa). A Roseate Spoonbill was at Sunsites 27 Aug (ph. L. Richey), and an - other was at Wellton 25-26 Oct (ph. B. Buchan- an, HD); Roseate Spoonbill has become more regular as a late summer/fall visitor to Arizona in recent years, and is no longer considered a review species by the ABC. A Common Black Hawk at Big Dike Res. on the Arizona Strip in nw. Arizona 1 Sep (ph. S. Langston) was well away from of known breed - ing areas in the state. An adult circling over Si- erra Vista 22 Nov (ph. D. Beaudette) provided a very late fall record for the state; Common Black Hawk is casual at best in the state during winter. An adult Gray Hawk, casual at best during late- fall and winter, was in Duncan 28 Nov (ph. B. Nieman). Red-shouldered Hawk has become a rare but regular visitor in the state, particularly in the w. half; this fall one that had been located in the Yuma area during the summer continued to at least 17 Nov (HD), one was at Tres Rios Wetlands Preserve, Phoenix 15 Oct (ph. WG), one was at Rio Salado in Phoenix 11 Nov (J. Jones), and another was at Green Valley also 11 Nov (D. Quesenberry). At least 22 Broad-winged Hawks were detected during fall hawk watches at the Grand Canyon 17 Sep– 7 Oct, with a high single-day count of five seen from Yaki Point 20 and one at the Evergreen Turf Farm, Santa Cruz Flats 11-18 Oct (KK, DJ). Casual in the state, and very late for the fall, was an American Gold - en-Plover at the Higley/Ocotillo Roads ponds in Chandler 23-27 Nov (D. Wilder; ph. T. Loomis, B. Howe, J. Ripley). No fewer than ten Snowy Plovers were found during the fall; this species is rather rare and irregular as a migrant through - out Arizona. Eight Semipalmated Plovers at the Solar and Water Pond near Yuma 22 Aug (CMc) represented a high count for anywhere in Arizona. A high count of 51 Mountain Plovers were found in agricultural fields s. of Yuma 18 Nov (HD, A. Brock). Similarly, 350 Long-billed Curlews s. of Yuma 7 Nov (HD, A. Brock) was an excellent high count for Arizona. A Red Knot was at Willcox 9-13 Sep (ph. TD, S. Fishburn, m. ob.); this species is a casual migrant in Ari - zona, mostly in fall. A flock of 4 Sanderlings at Ehrenberg 21 Aug (EH) was a high concentra - tion in Arizona. Other singles included an ad. at Willcox 2-3 Sep (REW, T. Helentjaris), a juv. at Willcox 10-15 Sep (REW, S. Skalos), and one at Glendale Recharge Ponds 6 Sep (S. Hosner). No fewer than ten Semipalmated Sandpipers were found statewide 7 Aug–22 Sep, an above average number for a single fall. A very late Wil - son's Phalarope was at Willcox 10 Nov (REW). A Red Phalarope was at Benson 17-21 Aug (T. Johnson, M. Anderson); this species is a rare migrant in the state, with records from nearly every month. Three individual Sabine's Gulls, a rare but regular fall migrant, were found this fall, with one at Glendale Recharge Ponds 25 Aug–1 Sep (WG, TD), one at Fountain Hills 27 Sep (ph. BJ), and one on L. Havasu (ph. J. West). Nov is a great month to see Bonaparte's Gull in Arizona; this year small numbers were present at Bill Williams Delta throughout the month, with a high count of 10 there 19 Nov (DVP, J. Richmond). A Laughing Gull, still casual in the state, was in the n. Parker Valley 3 Nov (ph. DVP). Heerman's Gull is casual in the state, but likely annual in very small numbers, seemingly never remaining for more than the day when - ever it is found; this fall one was at Glendale Recharge Ponds 15 Nov (M. Herring; ph. BJ). Very early for Arizona was an adult Herring Gull near Yuma 19 Aug (ph. CMc). No fewer than 7 other Herring Gulls were found state - wide during Oct and Nov. Five Caspian Terns at Bill Williams Delta 20-21 Oct (J. Richmond) were late, and a high count for Oct in Arizona. Single Red-throated Loons were at Glen Can- yon 9 Oct (ph. G. Nealon), and near Cibola 21 Nov (ph. J. Crawford); this species has become a rare but regular fall and winter visitor along the Colorado R., and is no longer a review species for the ABC. The only Pacific Loon of the season was away from the Colorado R. at Dos Lagos Arizona's fourth Ruby-throated Hum- mingbird was at Whitetail Canyon, Chiricahua Mts., 24 September, 2015. Photo by © Jackie Lewis.

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