Theresa, please consider reporting this to eBird as it is a possible stray from the Huachuca Mountains. Chukars were introduced on Ft. Huachuca for hunting in the 1960s by Jerry Pratt when he was the Wildlife Manager for the base. It appears that some continued to survive and breed, because I saw one in North Ft. Huachuca during an antelope drive in May of 1983. My report has not been validated for eBird even though an obvious release in southern New Mexico has been. More reports may help show that Chukars do occur, even if rarely, in the area. It would be interesting to contact the current Wildlife Manager for Ft. Huachuca to find out whether they see or hear of Chukar sightings on the base from non-birders or hunters.
Amargosa Valley, NV
Formerly Catalina, AZ
From: <aznmbirds-request...> [mailto:<aznmbirds-request...>] On Behalf Of Theresa Lawson
Sent: Sunday, February 26, 2017 3:37 PM
Subject: [AZNMbirds] Chukar Hereford SEAZ
My husband and I saw a Chukar in our neighbor's yard at 3:45 this afternoon. We first heard it vocalizing and then got very good looks. We also got good pictures and even a short video. Bird was very cooperative and was chasing off Gambel's quail. I am pretty sure these birds are raised by breeders and wonder if this one might be an escapee. Hereford is clearly not in this birds normal range. Should I assume that this one is an escapee or do I have a rare bird in my neighborhood? It would be a life bird for both of us.