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These photos come from reports submitted to the ABC and "North American Birds" by birders.
Photos posted here prior to evaluation and voting by the ABC should be considered pending records rather than accepted records.


  • White-rumped Sandpiper - Present at Willcox 24 May, 2008. Photo by Mark Stevenson.
  • Tufted Flycatcher - Found at Herb Martyr in Cave Creek Canyon on 4 May, 2008. Photos on 6 May and 15 May by Gary Rosenberg.
  • Eurasian Green-winged Teal - This stunning male at Gilbert Water Ranch 2 March, 2008 represents one of the only reports from Arizona. Photo by Pierre Deviche.
  • Red-shouldered Hawk - Present at St. David. Photos on 20 February, 2008 by Cliff Cathers.
  • Yellow-billed Loon - Present at Lake Havasu City this winter. Photo by Bill Deppe on 11 February, 2008.
  • Short-tailed Hawk - This juvenile was found soaring over Dave Stejskal's house in east-central Tucson on 11 February, 2008. Photo by Dave Stejskal.
  • Rusty Blackbird - One present in January at Rio Salado in Phoenix. Photographed 8 January, 2008 by Rich Ditch.
  • White-eyed Vireo - Present along the Santa Cruz River at Tubac. Photo on 5 January, 2008 by Dick Dionne.
  • Streak-backed Oriole - Found on the Portal CBC 30 December, 2008. Photo by Michael Hilchey.
  • Golden-winged Warbler - Madera Canyon 22 December, 2007. Photos by Gary Rosenberg
  • Red-throated Loon - Discovered at Roper Lake 2 December 2007. Photo by Tony Godfrey on 3 December 2007.
  • Northern Jacana - Found on a Golf Course Pond in November, 2007. Photo 6 December 2007 by Gary Rosenberg.
  • Blackburnian Warbler - This individual was photographed at El Dorado Park, Scottsdale, 19 October, 2007 by Jim Burns.
  • Blackpoll Warbler - Sweetwater Wetlands, Tucson 10 October, 2007. Photos by Richard Fray
  • Ruby-throated Hummingbird - Arizona's second-ever found at Paton's Feeders 23 September 2007. Photos by Mark Stevenson.
  • Red-eyed Vireo - Recording by Jay Hand from Miller Canyon 23 June, 2007.
  • Buff-breasted Sandpiper - Found near Pinal Air Park on 31 August 2007 by Mark Stevenson and Molly Pollock. Photos by Dave Stejskal.
  • Buff-breasted Sandpiper - Found near Pinal Air Park on 31 August 2007 by Mark Stevenson and Molly Pollock. Photos by Gary Rosenberg and Mark Stevenson.
  • White-collared Seedeater - One of the West Mexican subspecies at Kino Springs, Nogales, 3 August, 2007. Photo by Rick Taylor.
  • Crescent-chested Warbler - This Crescent-chested Warbler was discovered in the Chiricahua Mts. in East Turkey Creek, 15 July, 2007. Photos by Luke Seitz.
  • Broad-billed x Violet-crowned Hummingbird Hybrid - At the Boyce Thompson Arboretum November, 2006. Photo by Dale Clark.
  • Ruddy Turnstone - Present at Willcox 27 July, 2007. Photo by Robert Shantz.
  • Wood Stork - Found at Mittry Lake near Yuma on 16 June, 2007. Photo by Henry Detwiler.
  • Plain-capped Starthroat - Seen at Agua Caliente Park, Tucson 7 June, 2007. Photo by Al Tozier.
  • Yellow Grosbeak - Found in Ash Canyon 2-3 June. Photos by Bob Behrstock
  • Broad-winged Hawk - Seen at Rio Verde on 20 April. Photo by Geni Gellhaus.
  • Lapland Longspur - Found in the Sonoita Grasslands near Elgin 12 February, 2007. Photos by Gary Rosenberg
  • Thayer's Gull - Found at Katherin's Landing, Lake Mohave, 7 January, 2007. Photo by Mark M. Stevenson.
  • Couch's Kingbird - Found by Paul Lehman at Tacna, 11 January, 2007 for a first Arizona record. Photo by Gary Rosenberg 28 January, 2007.
  • Red-necked Grebe - Found on the Bill Williams Arm of Lake Havasu by Kathleen Blair on 7 Dec, 2006. Photographed there by Tony Godfrey on 23 December, 2006.
  • Red-throated Loon - Found on Bill Williams Arm of Lake Havasu by Charlie Babbitt. Photo by Mark Stevenson on 14 December, 2006.
  • Lesser Black-backed Gull - Photos of the Palo Verde bird by Jim Burns.
  • Lesser Black-backed Gull - Photos by Chris Benesh of the same individual at Palo Verde. Photographed 11 December, 2006.
  • Lesser Black-backed Gull - Juvenile coming into first basic found by Bill Grossi at Lower River road Ponds near Palo Verde, 10 December, 2006. First Arizona Record (pending acceptance by the ABC). Photos by Gary Rosenberg, 11 December, 2006.
  • Fox Sparrow - Interesting individual (possibly "altivagans" ) along the San Pedro River 7 December, 2006. Photo by Gary Rosenberg.
  • Red-necked Grebe - Found by Doug Jenness at Kearny Lake 15 Nov 2006. Photo by Gary Rosenberg.
  • Flame-colored Tanager - Male returning to Madera Canyon for third year. Photo by Ken Rosenberg, July, 2006.
  • Aztec Thrush - Photographed by Ken Rosenberg in Garden Canyon, July, 2006.
  • Black Turnstone - First Arizona record discovered at Willcox by Roger Eastman 2 Jun 2005. Photograph by Mark Stevenson on 3 Jun 2005.
  • Slate-throated Redstart - Found by Larry King at Comfort Spring, Carr Canyon, 26 May, 2005. Photograph by Keith Kamper on 29 May, 2005.
  • Red-necked Grebe - Found by Dave Stejskal at Willcox 19 May, 2005. Photos by Gary Rosenberg
  • Tufted Flycatcher at Lake Mohave 24 Feb, 2005. Potential first Arizona record. Photo by Steven Servantez.
  • Ruby-throated Hummingbird - Present at a Tucson feeder Dec 2004 - March 2005. First Arizona record. Photos by Rich Hoyer
  • Le Conte's Sparrow - Another great photo of the Tucson bird by Dave Stejskal.
  • Le Conte's Sparrow - More pics of the Tucson bird from 24 December, 2004. Photos by Gary Rosenberg
  • Pine Warbler coming to a bird bath in Tolleson, 19 December, 2004. Photos by Bill Grossi.
  • Lesser Black-backed Gull (Juvenile) photographed at Rocky Point, Sonora, Mexico, 19 December, 2004 by Dave Stejskal and Will Russell
  • Le Conte's Sparrow - More photos of the Tucson bird by Rich Hoyer and Chris Benesh.
  • Le Conte's Sparrow found by Keith Kamper and Peter Salomon along Santa Cruz River December 19, 2004 for a second Arizona record. Photos by Dave Stejskal andGary Rosenberg.
  • Roseate Spoonbill at Rio Rico during the fall of 2004. Photos by Jeff Estis.
  • Long-tailed Jaeger at Ashurst Lake near Flagstaff, September 2004. Photos by Jeff Estis.
  • Ruff at Dateland Shrimp Ponds 21 September, 2004. Found by Bill Grossi. Photo by Gary Rosenberg.
  • Yellow Grosbeak found by Linda Harris at the ASDM, May 2004. Photo by Gary Rosenberg
  • Flame-colored Tanager at Madera Canyon May 2004. Digiscope by Gary Rosenberg.
  • Thick-billed Kingbird at Yuma in March, 2004. Photo by Henry Detwiler.
  • Varied Bunting along the San Pedro River in March, 2004. Photo by Joe Woodley.
  • White Ibis at Palo Verde in January, 2004. Photo by Mark Stevenson.
  • Reddish Egret at Paloma Ranch winter 2004. Photo by Bill Grossi.
  • Rose-throated Becard that wintered along Santa Cruz R. near Tumacacori. Photo by Joe Woodley.
  • Glaucous-winged Gull at Palo Verde November, 2003 Digiscope by Gary Rosenberg.
  • Sharp-tailed Sandpiper at Paloma Ranch October, 2003. Photo by Mark Stevenson
  • Nelson's Sharp-tailed Sparrow at Avra Valley S.T.P. October, 2003. First Arizona record. Photo by Chris Benesh.
  • White-rumped Sandpiper at Willcox May 2003. Digiscopes by Gary Rosenberg.
  • Black-capped Gnatcatcher - male and female at Patagonia Lake spring 2003. Photos by David Nelson.
  • Eastern Towhee at Flagstaff during the winter of 2002-3. Photo by John Coons.
  • Hooded Oriole - one of the non-Arizona subspecies (sennetti or cucullatus); a first state record along the Santa Cruz River n. of Nogales. Photo by Rich Hoyer.
  • Red-shouldered Hawk at Green Valley December 2002. Photo by Ken Kertell.
  • Red-shouldered Hawk along the Santa Cruz River at Ina Road, Tucson. Digiscope by Gary Rosenberg.
  • Neotropic Cormorant at the Orange Grove Pond, Tucson, 11 November, 2002. Digiscopes by Gary Rosenberg.
  • Rufous-backed Robin at the Boyce Thompson Arboretum, 9 November, 2002. Digiscopes by Gary Rosenberg.
  • Surf Scoter at Luna Lake, White Mountains, October 2002. Photo by Gary Crandell.
  • Wood Thrush at Boyce Thompson Arboretum, October, 2002. Photo by Kurt Radamaker
  • "Sooty" Fox Sparrow at Boyce Thompson Arboretum, October, 2002. Digiscopes by Gary Rosenberg
  • Reddish Egret at Paloma Ranch 2 October, 2002. Photo by Henry Detwiler.
  • Broad-winged Hawk photographed at the Grand Canyon September, 2002. Photo by Christie Van Cleve.
  • Parasitic Jaeger at Willcox during September, 2002. Digiscope by Gary Rosenberg
  • Buff-breasted Sandpiper found by Roy Jones at Sod Farm in Scottsdale, Sep. 2002. Digiscopes by Gary Rosenberg and Rich Ditch.
  • White-eared Hummingbird at Ramsey Canyon August 2002. Photo by Joe Woodley
  • Short-tailed Hawk photographed at Barfoot Park, Chiricahua Mts., Arizona, August 2002. Photo by Jim Burns.
  • Painted Bunting at Gray Hawk Ranch July 2002. Photo by Joe Woodley
  • Black Skimmer in East Tucson May 9, 2002. Photo by Mark Stevenson.
  • Least Grebe at Sweetwater Wetlands, Tucson, May, 2002. Digiscope by Gary Rosenberg.
  • Snow Bunting found at Thatcher in April 2002 was Arizona's second. Digiscope by Gary Rosenberg
  • Yellow-billed Loon at Lake Havasu City February-March, 2002. Photos by Mark Stevenson, Stephen Davies, and Henry Detwiler..
  • Prairie Warbler at Roper Lake S.P. near Safford January 2002. Photo by Mark Stevenson.
  • Dickcissel at P.A.P. Pecan Grove, September, 2001. Digiscope by Gary Rosenberg.
  • Western Gull at Green Valley in July 2001 was Arizona's second. Photo by Mark Stevenson.
  • Berylline Hummingbird nest at Ramsey Canyon, 2001. Digiscope by Gary Rosenberg.
  • Tropical Parula video clip from Miller Canyon June 2001. Video by Gary Rosenberg.
  • Elegant Tern at Avra Valley S.T.P., Tucson, June, 2001. Digiscope by Gary Rosenberg.
  • Glossy Ibis near Buckeye, May 2001. First AZ record. Digiscope by Roy Jones.
  • White-winged Junco seen at Molino Basin in Catalina Mts. March, 2001. Digiscope by Gary Rosenberg
  • Black Rosy-Finch at Echo Cliffs near Page, November - December, 2000. Photos by Gary Rosenberg and Mark Stevenson..
  • Black-capped Chickadee at Teec Nos Pos, December, 2000. Photo by Gary Rosenberg.
  • Long-tailed Duck at Page December, 2000. Video Capture by Gary Rosenberg.
  • Eastern Towhee along Sonoita Creek near Patagonia, Feburary, 2000. Photo by Mark Stevenson.
  • Yellow-footed Gull at Lake Powell April 1999 was a first Arizona Record. Photo by Gary Rosenberg.
  • Field Sparrow at Hereford December, 1998. Photo by Mark Stevenson.
  • Blue Ross's Goose at Nogales S.T.P. December, 1998. Photo by Mark Stevenson.
  • Northern Jacana found at Arivaca Lake was Arizona's third. Photo by Mark Stevenson..