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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N O R T H A M E R I C A N B I R D S 96 A R I Z O N A Longspurs were at San Rafael Valley 5 Nov (T. Helentjaris), and at Glendale Recharge Ponds 10-11 Nov (TD), T. Loomis); reports of this spe - cies have increased in recent years, and it is no longer a review species for the ABC. WARBLERS THROUGH ICTERIDS Only one Ovenbird was reported statewide, at Finger Rock Canyon 7 Sep (C. Cornelius). A greater-than-usual number of Louisiana Water - thrush reports were received this fall, with one at Sabino Canyon 2 Sep+ (WR et al.), one along Sonoita Creek 8 Sep (N. Komar), one at Tubac 9 Sep (WR), one at Madera Canyon 13 Oct (MMS, MP), and one along the Santa Cruz R. at Sasso Road 26 Nov+ (J. Taylor et al.); Louisiana Wa - terthrushes are known to winter in small num- bers along streams in se. Arizona, but we still are not certain when these individuals actually ar - rive. A well-described Golden-winged Warbler was at Miller Canyon 19 Aug (†V. Remsen), and another was at Sheep Crossing, White Mts., 3 Sep (M. Kehl; ph. N. Perkins, L. Schaffer); there were about 21 previous records for Arizona. Two different Blue-winged Warblers were found, one at Whitetail Canyon, Chiricahua Mts., 14 Sep (†RT), and another at Highlands Center for Natural History near Prescott 25 Sep (ph. CT); there were only 14 previous Arizona records. At least nine Black-and-white Warblers were found statewide, about average for one fall. Prothono - tary Warbler has become rare but regular in the state during fall; this season one was at Sedona 3 Sep (ph. S. Young), one was at SWRS, Cave Creek Canyon, 14 Sep (R. Tess), one was at Bullhead City 6-8 Oct (ph. DD), and one was at the San Pedro House 24 Oct (ph. R. Hillsley). The only Tennessee Warbler of the fall was at Tubac 26 Oct (CMc). A Kentucky Warbler was at the BTA 13 Sep (ph. G. Mckee); this species is only casual in the state during fall. Six different Hooded Warblers were found 4 Aug– 19 Oct, about average for a fall. Similarly, six Northern Parulas were found statewide. A stunning Black - burnian Warbler was found at the Alchesay Na- tional Fish Hatchery n. of Whiteriver 18 Sep (V. Nelson; ph. EH); this represented a first record for Navajo, and a 22 nd record for Arizona. Three Chestnut-sided Warblers were about average for a fall, with one at Granite Basin L. 12 Sep (ph. C. Roher, MW), one at Desert Botanical Gardens, Phoenix 19 Oct (ph. D. Witter), and one at the ASU Research Park 4-7 Nov (T. Loomis). A male Black-throated Blue Warbler was at an unusu - ally high elevation at Bear Wallow, Santa Cata- lina Mts., 14 Nov (ph. BN). One Palm Warbler was reported, at Tempe Town L. 30 Oct (S. Bick - ham). A Yellow-throated Warbler was at Holy Trinity Monestary, St. David 5 Nov (ph. B. John - son); there are now about 33 Arizona records for this stunning warbler. The pair of Rufous- the ABC has now removed it as a review species in the state. The Sinaloa Wren that has frequent - ed Huachuca Canyon off and on during the past few years (and not detected here since May) was re-discovered 20 Aug (ph. V. Remsen, m.ob.), and remained here until the end of the period. Black-capped Gnatcatchers are now well estab - lished at many locations (no fewer than ten) in se. Arizona; this fall a new location was added to the growing list, with two found in Puerto Canyon nw. of Tubac 9 Aug (KK). A Rufous-backed Robin was present at the BTA 18-19 Oct (ph. R. O'Donnell), up to three were present at Ajo 28 Oct–30 Nov+ (J. Vever - ka; ph. CMc, m.ob.), and one was at Catalina S.P. 25 Nov+ (ph. E. Horanyi; m.ob.); this spe - cies continues to be a rare but regular visitor to Arizona, mainly in fall and winter. The Gray Catbird (pair?) that was found at the Willow Bend Environmental Center near Flagstaff dur - ing summer successfully reared two young, with several sightings of imm. birds during Aug, and at least one individual remaining in the area until 7 Sep (G. Botello, B. Hart, m.ob.); this species was only known to breed in Arizona in the White Mountains, in the ne. portion of the state. One was present in Portal 23 Oct–25 Nov (B. Rodrigues, R. Plage). Two Curve-billed Thrashers were at Bullhead City 31 Aug (DD), where casual. Rare but regular in Arizona dur - ing the fall, individual Brown Thrashers were at Catalina 21 Nov+ (ph. J. Allen, C. Vincent), at Sweetwater 23 Nov+ (S. Birky et al.), and at Colossal Cave 25 Nov (J. Barron). Records of Purple Finches appear to be on the increase in Arizona; this fall up to 4 were present at Rotary Park, Lake Havasu City, 19 Oct–1 Nov (ph. DVP), one was at Ajo 25 Oct– 1Nov (J. Veverka; ph. CMc), one was along the South Dike, Havasu NWR, 26 Oct (s.r. LHa), and one was at Morgan City Wash 15 Nov (ph. J. Morgan). A Type 3 Red Crossbill was at Havasu Springs 24 Oct (s.r. DVP, LHa), and another Red Crossbill was at Golden Valley 5 Nov (ph. M&P Brock); this species is casual along the Colorado R. during fall and winter. Moderate numbers of Pine Siskins were reported at various locations along the Colorado R.during Oct, with a high count of 13 at Rotary Park 29 Oct (DVP). At least six reports of Lawrence's Goldfinches were received from w. Arizona, mainly along the Colorado River s. of Lake Havasu City, where casual from late-Sep to mid-Nov (ph. DVP, m. ob). A high count of 20 Evening Grosbeaks was notched at Mt. Trumbull, Arizona Strip, 22 Oct (S. Langston), where they are considered casual. Also unusual was one at Bullhead City 9 Oct (ph. DD), one at Lake Havasu City 21 Oct (ph. B. Watt), 2 (thought to be Type 1) at 'Ahakhav Tribal Preserve (s.r. DVP, LHa), and one at Ro - tary Park 29 Oct (ph., s.r. DVP). Single Lapland 25 Nov (s.r. J. Richmond). Four Sulphur-bel- lied Flycatchers (likely a family group) were below Bear Canyon 1 Aug (BN); this species is a casual summer visitor to the Santa Cata - lina Mountains. A Tropical Kingbird at Beal L. Conservation Area, Mohave, 7 Aug (LHa, DVP) provides yet another record for the Colorado R.; this species has been steadily expanding its range in Arizona to the north and west. A Thick-billed Kingbird at Colossal Cave 23 Aug (ph. J. Medina) was away from known breed - ing locations in se. Arizona. The only Eastern Kingbird of the fall was of one at Amado STP 19 Aug (BN). Three different Scissor-tailed Fly - catchers were found, with one at Tucson 15 Sep (M. Prober), one at Ash Fork, Yavapai, 16-25 Sep (E. Novak; ph. N. Armstrong, A. Gonza - les), and one at Willow Tank 26 Sep–4 Oct (D. Jasper, J. McCabe, RT; ph. S. Wolfe); this spe - cies is a casual to rare visitor to Arizona, mainly during late summer and fall. A White-eyed Vireo, now nearly annual in the state, was at Granite Basin L. 10-17 Sep (CT). A Red-eyed Vireo was at Picture Canyon near Flagstaff 12 Sep (ph. C. Gentis), and an - other was at Box Bar Recreation Area 6 Oct (ph. TD); this species is a very rare but regular mi - grant in the state, mainly in fall. A Clark's Nut- cracker at Shaffer Spring, Black Mountains, nw. of Kingman 4 Nov (M&P Brock) was at a very odd location, particularly given the fact that this was apparently not an invasion year in Arizona for the species. Small numbers of Red-breasted Nuthatches were reported during Oct in low - land areas along the Colorado R., but apparent- ly not elsewhere in lowlands around the state. A House Wren at Mineral Wash, Bill Williams N.W.R., 4 Aug (EH) was very early for a lowland migrant. Two Winter Wrens were at Dankworth Pond near Safford 11 Nov (JCo), and another was well-documented along Tanque Verde Wash in e. Tucson 29 Nov (ph., s.r. CDB); this species has been determined to be a rare but regular fall and winter visitor in Arizona, and This Rufous-capped Warbler at Ventana Canyon 21-28 November 2015, providing a first record for the Santa Catalina Mts. Photo by © P. Sachunek.

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