I arrived in Phoenix Arizona at 10:00 pm on Friday, August 23. This is my first trip to Arizona this year. In the first three days, I added 34 species including Blue-footed Booby, Black-capped Gnatcatcher and Berylline Hummingbird. I am now at 624 after five days, adding 41 species, and am focusing on species that will leave soon and not be available later in the year. More details will follow with an updated list and will address the Baird's Sandpiper and comment later. Need to keep birding!