By Doug Jenness
The final push is on to get a big turnout for the Global Big Day in Arizona, Saturday 14 May 2016. Matthew Crozier, Yavapai County coordinator, reports that an announcement in the Northern Arizona Audubon Society’s newsletter has been getting a positive response and was “followed up with an e-blast to all our members on May 1st with the GBD announcement.” Hopefully, this will help bring out a lot of folks in the northern counties. This survey, building on what has been accomplished by the North American Migration Count over the past dozen years, focuses on counting the number of all birds in Arizona—including resident and migrant species. It is also a great opportunity to find unusual and unexpected birds; nearly every year some are found. The count is organized on a county basis. We hope you will join the count this year. We always have a lot of fun! If interested, contact one of the county coordinators listed at
By Jennie MacFarland
There is an abundance of evidence that the ecological influence of tropical Mexico has grown in Southeast Arizona over the past century. Elegant Trogons are part of this story. To further our understanding of how many Elegant Trogons are now present in the U.S., organized surveys have been ongoing in the Chiricahua and Huachuca mountains. Rick Taylor has coordinated these efforts for many years. Beginning in 2013, the Tucson Audubon Society and I have assisted Rick and helped expand the surveys to three more mountain ranges. The new areas we surveyed the past three years are the Atascosa Highlands, Patagonia Mountains and Santa Rita Mountains. This year, we are adding another range where Elegant Trogons have been recently reported--the Galiuro Mountains. If you are interested in helping with an Elegant Trogon survey, please contact me at
21-23 October 2016

By Anne Pellegrini
Details for our 10th annual state meeting in Yuma are really starting to take shape!  This year’s meeting will be held at the Best Western InnSuites, just minutes from historic downtown Yuma and two birding hotspots: Yuma East Wetlands and Riverside Park.  The meeting will feature mini-expeditions to under-birded locations, presentations about ongoing research on the status, behavior, and distribution of Arizona birds, chances to test your audio and visual identification skills, and opportunities to learn about how you can become involved with AZFO.  More details about the meeting can be found here:
If you are interested in presenting a paper or displaying a poster on the identification, status or distribution of Arizona birds, please check out our Call for Papers and Posters at Papers and posters may range from technical reports of original research to general surveys and studies. Abstracts of papers and posters from past AZFO meetings are available at
February-April 2016

By Troy Corman
Minimal or total lack of precipitation plagued the winter and early spring months throughout much of the state, greatly concerning local forest officials. Mid- to late winter is when the first northbound migrants are noted, particularly Tree, Violet-green and Cliff swallows, and wintering waterfowl begin departing. A surprise in Surprise was a female BARROW’S GOLDENEYE into early February providing only the third Maricopa Co. record. A wintering juvenile RED-THROATED LOON lingered at Mittry Lake, Yuma Co. until at least mid-April, and an alternate plumaged RED-NECKED GREBE graced Canyon Lake, Maricopa Co. in April as well.
Barrow’s Goldeneye
1 Feb 2016 – Surprise Community Park, Maricopa Co.
Photo/Robert Bowker
Migrant BROAD-WINGED HAWK reports have greatly increased in the state the past decade, particularly in April and early May. This spring was no exception, with individuals noted in at least six scattered counties. Typically casual during spring migration in Arizona, two separate AMERICAN GOLDEN-PLOVERS in Willcox, Cochise Co. and possibly a first record for Graham Co. in Thatcher were notable.
An unexpected first for Graham Co. was an adult male ROSE-THROATED BECARD, which has gone from a rare and local breeder in the state to a very casual winter visitor in the past decade or so. Likely wintering nearby at lower elevations in the Huachuca Mtns., one of last year’s infamous TUFTED FLYCATCHERS returned to Ramsey Canyon, Cochise Co. late in March. A beautiful male FLAME-COLORED TANAGER also returned to this canyon during this same period. There are very few, if any, records of SCISSOR-TAILED FLYCATCHER for Gila Co., so one documented at Roosevelt Lake was a great discovery.
Rose-throated Becard
27 Mar 2016 – Cluff Ranch Wildlife Area, Graham Co.
Photo/Brendon Grice
Flame-colored Tanager
28 Mar 2016 – Ramsey Canyon, Cochise Co.
Photo/Bill Brown
Likely a first-documented record for Coconino Co., a LOUISIANA WATERTHRUSH foraged among Oak Creek’s boulders north of Sedona for a few days in March. Yuma’s wintering STREAK-BACKED ORIOLE was last noted in late March. Other rare icterids included the two wintering RUSTY BLACKBIRDS along the Salt River, Maricopa Co. through mid-March, and a surprising COMMON GRACKLE at the top of the Santa Catalina Mtns., Pima Co. and another in Willcox, Cochise Co.  
For more details about these and other noteworthy photo-documented observations, please visit
By Pierre Deviche
A new article entitled Crested Caracara in Arizona: Background & Recent Expansion, by Doug Jenness, has been published in The Journal of Arizona Ornithology. The article, available at, reviews the research history on the Crested Caracara in the state and summarizes the current knowledge of its distribution, showing that the caracara population is expanding here. Articles previously published in Arizona Birds Online can be found at
 AZFO welcomes the submission of new manuscripts related to the distribution, status, identification, geographic variation, migration, population dynamics, and ecological needs of Arizona birds. Guidelines for manuscript submission are at All manuscripts submitted to the Journal are peer reviewed to ensure quality and consistency with the goals of our organization. If interested in contributing a manuscript to The Journal of Arizona Ornithology, feel free to contact me or any AZFO board member at
Crested Caracara (subadult)
25 May 2015 – Pearce Rd., Pinal Co.
Photo/Doug Jenness

14 May 2016
Global Big Day in Arizona
Coordinator: Doug Jenness
21-22 May 2016
Elegant Trogon surveys,
Santa Rita and Patagonia Mountains
Contact: Jennie MacFarland
28-29 May 2016
Elegant Trogon surveys,
Huachuca and Chiricahua Mountains
Contact: Jennie MacFarland
3-5 Jun 2016
(tentative dates)
AZFO Field Expedition
Elegant Trogon surveys,
Galiuro Mountains
Contact: Jennie MacFarland
21-23 Oct 2016
AZFO Annual Meeting, Yuma
(see website for details)

     Kurt Radamaker
     Cave Creek AZ
Vice President
     Jennifer MacFarland
     Tucson AZ
Membership Secretary
     Kurt Licence
     Phoenix AZ
Recording Secretary
     Carol Beardmore
     Phoenix AZ
     Doug Jenness
     Catalina AZ
Board Members
     Andy Bridges
     Petrified Forest NP AZ
     Anne Pellegrini
     Flagstaff AZ
     Walter Thurber
     Scottsdale AZ
Appointed Board Member
     Pierre Deviche
     Phoenix AZ
The Journal of Arizona Ornithology
     Pierre Deviche, Editor
     Phoenix AZ
     Sabine Deviche, Design
     Liège BE
     Walter Thurber, Editor
     Scottsdale AZ
     Andy Bridges, Design
     Petrified Forest NP AZ
Field Expeditions
     Felipe Guerrero, Chair
     Prescott AZ
Photo Documentation
     Lauren Harter, Co- Editor
     Lake Havasu City AZ
     David Vander Pluym, Co-Editor
     Lake Havasu City AZ
     Kurt Radamaker, Developer
     Cave Creek AZ
     Edwin Juarez, Support
     Phoenix AZ
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