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 97 A R I Z O N A cally. A Common Grackle was at Arlington 15 Nov (ph. CS); there are now about 35 Arizona records. A Bullock's Oriole at Rotary Park, Lake Havasu City, 11 Oct (CMc) was late for the L.C.R.V. A female-plumaged Baltimore Oriole was at Ash Canyon 15 Sep (ph. R. Garcia, M. Russell), and a male was at Sweetwater 14 Oct+ (L. Safford, m.ob.); this species is considered a rare but regular visitor to Arizona, and is no longer an ABC review species. Contributors: Dave Beaudette, Robert Behr - stock, Chris D. Benesh (CDB), Jeff Coker (JCo), Peter Collins, Andrew Core (Tucson), Tommy DeBardeleben, Dee Dee DeLorenzo, Henry Detwiler, Richard Fray, Brian Gatlin, William Grossi, Laurens Halsey, Lauren Harter (LHa: Coconino), Melanie Herring, Eric Hough, Doug Jenness, Brian Johnson, Keith Kamper, Tom Linda, Chris McCreedy (CMc), Brian Nicholas, David vander Pluym (Western Ari - zona), Molly Pollock, Rose Ann Rowlett, Will Russell, Alan Schmierer, Mark M. Stevenson, Caleb Strand, Paul Suchanek, Rick Taylor, Carl S. Tomoff, Magill Weber, Richard E. Webster, Jason Wilder, Sheri Williamson. n –––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––– Gary H. Rosenberg, P. O. Box 9185, Tucson, Arizona 85752-1856 • ghrosenberg@comcast.net at Rotary Park, Lake Havasu City 22 Sep–3Oct (DVP). The only Golden-crowned Sparrow re - ported during the period was one at Flagstaff 27 Oct (ph. JWi). Similarly, a Harris's Sparrow was at Rio de Flag 31 Oct (R. Auler). The Yellow-eyed Junco that was discovered at Flagstaff during the summer season was relocated 10-13 Sep (JWi); this location is well n. of any known breeding location and represented a first record for n. Ari - zona. The Flame-colored Tanager that was pres- ent at Ramsey Canyon during the spring and summer was last reported 7 Aug (m.ob). A male Varied Bunting was well described from Hassay - ampa River Preserve 4 Sep (†D. Clark); this loca- tion is well north and west of any known breed- ing areas in the state. About 25 Painted Buntings were reported statewide during Aug and Sep; in recent years, the status of this species has changed to become an uncommon migrant dur - ing the late summer and early fall, particularly along the Santa Cruz R. corridor. No fewer than 9 Dickcissels were reported statewide 6 Aug–1 Oct; several of the records involve birds flying over based on its distinctive flight call. Individual Boblinks were found at Gilbert Water Ranch 16 Sep (ph. S. Fitzgerald, T. Loo - mis), and at Sedona 28 Oct (†V. Nelson); this species is a casual visitor to Arizona, although it has nested in the n. portion of the state histori - capped Warblers found at Peña Blanca Canyon during the summer remained until at least 21 Nov (AS, LH; m.ob). Nearby, one was discov - ered at Peña Blanca L. 27 Aug, and was seen off and on until 21 Nov (ph. RF, CMc). Sightings of Rufous-capped Warblers continued through the fall at both Florida and Hunter Canyons. Else - where, one was at Madera Canyon 12 Aug (ph. R. Hall, M. Jarrett), one was in Miller Canyon 14 Aug–29 Sep (C. Fulcher, R. Romea, J. Miller), and one was in Ventana Canyon 21-28 Nov (ph. PS, AC), providing a first record for the Santa Catalina Mts. There are now about 30 state re - cords for this species which has expanded its range; like Black-capped Gnatcatcher, Rufous- capped Warbler now appears to be resident, and potentially breeding in multiple canyons in se. Arizona. A Slate-throated Redstart was discov - ered at Hunter Canyon 21 Aug, and remained until at least 19 Nov (G. Seeholzer, R. Beck; ph. B. Arrigoni; m. ob.); there were 13 previous re - cords for the state. A late Yellow-breasted Chat was at Patagonia L. 17 Nov (ph. AS). No fewer than 17 reports of Clay-colored Sparrows, totaling about 30 individuals, were reported 30 Aug– 22 Nov (m.ob.); this species is considered a rare and irregular fall and win - ter visitor in the state. A Grasshopper Sparrow, casual in the Lower Colorado River Valley, was Great Basin Abbreviations: Antelope Island (Antelope Island State Park and Causeway, Davis, UT); Corn Cr. (Corn Creek Unit, Desert N.W.R., Clark, NV); Floyd Lamb (Floyd Lamb Park, Las Vegas, Clark, NV); H.B.V.P. (Henderson Bird Viewing Preserve, Clark, NV); L. Mead (Lake Mead N.R.A., Clark, NV); Lytle (Lytle Ranch Preserve, Washington, UT); Miller's R.A. (Miller's Rest Area, Esmeralda, NV); Pahrana - gat (Pahranagat N.W.R., Lincoln, NV); Pyra- mid L. (Pyramid Lake, Washoe, NV). WATERFOWL THROUGH VULTURES It was a slow fall season for waterfowl in the Great Basin with very few scoters or other un - usual sightings. The only two consisted of a Surf Scoter visiting Pyramid L. 24-26 Oct (BS, RL, ph. JH) and two Black Scoters; a male, also found at Pyramid L. 18-29 Oct (BS, RL) and another at East Canyon S.P., Morgan, Utah 7 Nov (MH, TA, †BO). A Red-throated Loon visited Rockport S.P., Summit, Utah 24 Oct (ph. ML, BO). Pacific Loons were found at Boulder Beach, L. Mead 20-26 Aug (JS), Pyra - mid L. 28 Oct–1 Nov (PH), and Quail Creek Rick Fridell –––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––– I t was a relatively slow season in the Utah portion of the Great Basin Region with a Pomarine Jaeger leading the noteworthy sightings. However, Nevada more than made up for the dearth of vagrants in Utah with a incredible list of highlights including the state's second endorsed Black Turnstone and Groove-billed Ani records, third Great Crest - ed Flycatcher and Cassin's Sparrow records, and fifth Le Conte's Sparrow. S.P., Washington, Utah 3-8 Nov (RF et al.). A Red-necked Grebe was discovered 13 Nov at H.B.V.P (JS) but, unfortunately, died and was subsequently collected 27 Nov. Surprisingly another turned up there the following day (28 Nov; ph. KL). Additional Red-necked Grebes turned up at Pyramid L. 1 Nov (BS, DK) and P.A.D. 23 Nov (ph. SH, J&SH). Neotropic Cormorants continue to increase through - out the Region, with individuals lingering in Clark, Nevada at Floyd Lamb 1 Aug+ (CT), Sunset Park, Las Vegas 1-31 Aug (JS et al.), and H.B.V.P. 6 Sep+ (JS et al.). A remarkable One of two Black Scoters found in the Great Basin in Fall 2015, this adult male lingered at Pyramid Lake, Washoe County, Nevada from 18 to 29 October. Photo by © Martin Meyers.

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