Date: 7/28/17 11:14 pm From: Andrew Core <tucsonrba...> Subject: [AZNMbirds] RBA Tucson, AZ - 28 July 2017
This update of Tucson Audubon Society's Rare Bird Alert for Southeast
Arizona was made on July 28, 2017; the next update will be made on August
4. Phone your reports to 520-629-0510 X 3, or email to rarebirdalert AT
SEVERAL IMPORTANT ANNOUNCEMENTS follow the sightings, including information
on temporary closures and rules for access to other important birding
areas. Abbreviation "m.ob." = multiple observers. An asterisk (*)
preceding a species name in the list indicates that it merits careful, full
documentation. A pound sign (#) indicates that brief corroborating details
are warranted. Documentation and photos of review species may be submitted
For more information about Tucson Audubon field trips, lectures and
educational opportunities, please see www.tucsonaudubon.org.
SPECIES MENTIONED IN THIS REPORT INCLUDE:
*BUFF-COLLARED NIGHTJARS and #BLACK-CAPPED GNATCATCHERS continued this week
(m.ob.) at the south end of California Gulch at the confluence with Warsaw
Canyon. Annotated map: http://goo.gl/wSr0mi
SIERRA VISTA & the HUACHUCAS
In upper Ramsey Canyon, a *TUFTED FLYCATCHER continued this week (m.ob.)
about 2 miles up the Hamburg Trail from the Ramsey Canyon Preserve Visitor
Center, about 1/3 mile past the junction with the Brown Canyon Trail. This
is an occasionally steep 4 mile round trip hike at 6,000 ft elevation to
reach this location; take plenty of water (several quarts) and be prepared
for very hot dry days or sudden monsoon storm activity. A *FLAME-COLORED
TANAGER continued on the Hamburg Trail between the overlook and the first
stream crossing this week (m.ob.). The map here shows the locations:
https://goo.gl/aMh1ke In Carr Canyon, at least one *TUFTED FLYCATCHER continued at the Reef
Townsite CG on 7/20 (m.ob.) on the north side of the campground. The pair
were frequenting the small clearing about 200 yards down the drainage
behind the bathrooms (near campsite #9).
In Hunter Canyon (https://goo.gl/CR4YXm), *RUFOUS-CAPPED WARBLERS continued
this week (m.ob.) in the upper canyon about 0.7 miles up the trail from the
end of Hunter Canyon Road just as the trail enters the grove of trees.
In Miller Canyon, a *RUFOUS-CAPPED WARBLERS was reported again from the
Miller Canyon Trail on 7/26 (Kyle Kittelberger). Last week a pair was about
a half mile above Split Rock (which is about a mile from the parking area).
#LUCIFER HUMMINGBIRDS continued at Ash Canyon B&B and in several yards in
the Huachuca foothills this week (m.ob.) – dusk is the best time to see
A Brown Pelican was reported over the San Pedro House on 7/26 (Rob
TUBAC area (annotated map: http://goo.gl/maps/yDqi0)
At least one *ROSE-THROATED BECARD continued along the De Anza Trail at
Tumacacori this week (m.ob.); from the trailhead just north of the mission,
head east to the kiosk. There is a short spur to the river just east of
here, and they have been seen in this area (occasionally high in the
cottonwoods). A #GREEN KINGFISHER was reported along the Santa Cruz River
on 7/25 (anonymous). A #HOODED WARBLER was reported on 7/25 (Norman Erthal
An #ALLEN'S HUMMINGBIRD was photographed in a Rio Rico yard on 7/22 and
continued through 7/23 (Richard Fray).
GREEN VALLEY & the SANTA RITAS
In Florida Canyon (annotated map: http://goo.gl/AAzD6), *RUFOUS-CAPPED
WARBLERS continued this week (m.ob.) in the West Fork past the dam.
Directions: About 400 yards from parking lot is a metal gate, and just past
the gate the canyon forks. The main trail follows the East Fork, but most
sightings have been in the West Fork to the right. About 125 yards up the
rough trail in the West Fork is a large water tank and a low dam. The oak
grove is about 1/3 mile past the dam. Note: The trail for the West Fork can
be difficult to find, and is steep and rough in places. If you see the sign
with distances to Florida Saddle, Madera Canyon, etc you've missed the
turn. It is not necessary, recommended or permissible to enter the research
station to see these birds. #BLACK-CAPPED GNATCATCHERS continued in Florida
Canyon this week (m.ob.); they've been seen near the Florida Canyon parking
area and a short distance up the trail, and at the old corral at FR488 &
In Chino Canyon (map: http://goo.gl/maps/oTBK), #BLACK-CAPPED GNATCATCHERS
and Five-striped Sparrows were reported again this week (m.ob.). High
clearance is recommended for the rough road in.
In Agua Caliente Canyon, #BLACK-CAPPED GNATCATCHERS were reported on 7/25
(Laurens Halsey) near the parking lot for the trail over to Chino Canyon.
In Box Canyon, a #LUCIFER HUMMINGBIRD was reported on 7/25 (Matt Griffiths).
WILLCOX & the SULPHUR SPRINGS VALLEY
A #SEMIPALMATED SANDPIPER was reported at Lake Cochise by the Twin Lakes
Golf Course on 7/28 (Rick Taylor).
PORTAL & the CHIRICAHUAS (annotated map: http://goo.gl/maps/XfXfX)
A #LUCIFER HUMMINGBIRD continued on 7/24 (Rick Taylor) in a yard in
At Patagonia Lake (annotated map: http://goo.gl/GgNvs), a #GREEN KINGFISHER
and a #BLACK-CAPPED GNATCATCHER continued on 7/28 (Laurens Halsey) at the
east end along the Birding Trail.
A female #PAINTED BUNTING was photographed at the Paton Center for
Hummingbirds on 7/28 (Cory Gregory).
A Brown Pelican was reported at the Amado STP on 7/25 (Bill Lisowsky) and
continued through 7/28 (Ed Harper).
The revised 8th edition of Tucson Audubon's "Finding Birds in Southeast
Arizona" is available here: http://tucsonaudubon.org/go- birding/finding-birds-in-southeast-arizona/
EL RIO OPEN SPACE PRESERVE/COACHLINE GRAVEL PIT - park in the paved lot in
the southwest corner or along the south edge near the berm. Annotated map:
RAMSEY CANYON - Ramsey Canyon Preserve is closed Tuesdays and Wednesdays.
ASH CANYON B&B: open dawn to dusk EXCEPT Wednesday, when open noon to dusk.
Parking is limited; please carpool whenever possible. No need to call ahead.
BENSON - the Benson Birding Trail is no longer accessible as the property
is under new ownership. The Holy Trinity Monastery in St. David is slated
for closure and access is uncertain.
FORT HUACHUCA - access requirements are posted on its official webpage at
http://www.huachuca.army.mil/pages/des/accesscontrol.html. The Visitor
Control Center is located at the Van Deman Gate on Hwy 90. The fort is an
active military installation and will suspend your driving privileges on
Post for 30 days on your first offense for talking or using a cell phone
while driving. You MUST use a hands free device. Current entry requirements
(subject to change without notice): US citizens must pass a background
check and should be prepared to show photo ID for everyone in the vehicle
at the entrance, and possibly your vehicle registration and insurance as
well. Foreign nationals must be accompanied by an approved military escort;
contact the base (520.533.7111), or possibly the Sierra Vista Visitor's
Bureau (520.417.6960) well in advance. ACCESS NOTE: apparently some states
driver's licenses do not meet federal requirements for base entry (KY, ME,
MT, PA, SC, MN, MO, and WA); see https://www.dhs.gov/real-id-public-faqs or
http://huachuca-www.army.mil/pages/des/visitoraccess.html for details.
SANTA CRUZ FLATS: Management at the Evergreen Turf Sod Farm has asked
birders not to drive into the property (i.e., the 2750 road); birding from
perimeter roads (i.e., Tweedy or Pretzer) is still fine.
BAIRD'S SPARROW HILL AND THE VACA RANCH CORRAL in the San Rafael Valley is
off limits to birders due to the thoughtless actions of a few birders. DO
NOT ENTER THE PROPERTY. A sign has been posted previously stating that
"stopping within 0.25 mile of the corral is prohibited."
AVRA VALLEY WRF: Gates open 7AM and close PROMPTLY at 2PM (do not linger,
you will be locked inside). UPDATE: Closed for construction for the summer.
GREEN VALLEY WRF: under construction, access uncertain. When open, use the
call box at the gate, sign in and out at the office, and stay away from
buildings and construction equipment.