Date: 8/4/17 11:49 pm From: Andrew Core <tucsonrba...> Subject: [AZNMbirds] RBA Tucson, AZ - 4 August 2017
This update of Tucson Audubon Society's Rare Bird Alert for Southeast
Arizona was made on August 4, 2017; the next update will be made on August
11. 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 through
7/30 (Gavin Bieber) at the south end of California Gulch at the confluence
with Warsaw Canyon. Annotated map: http://goo.gl/wSr0mi A male #PAINTED BUNTING was photographed in a yard in Rio Rico on 8/3 (Ron
SIERRA VISTA & the HUACHUCAS
In upper Ramsey Canyon, a *TUFTED FLYCATCHER continued through 7/25 (Kyle
Kittelberger) 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, two *TUFTED FLYCATCHERS continued at the Reef Townsite CG
this week (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). A *SHORT-TAILED HAWK was photographed
overhead on 7/29 (Ed Harper, Dan Tankersly).
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.
#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
TUBAC area (annotated map: http://goo.gl/maps/yDqi0)
At least two *ROSE-THROATED BECARDS 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) and just to the north. A male #PAINTED BUNTING was reported on
8/3 (Matt Brooks).
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 Madera Canyon (map: http://goo.gl/dXBYP) #BLACK-CAPPED GNATCATCHERS
continued along Proctor Rd this week (m.ob.).
In Montosa Canyon (annotated map: http://goo.gl/8L8tv) #BLACK-CAPPED
GNATCATCHERS continued this week (m.ob.) near the culvert, upstream of the
concrete stream crossing.
WILLCOX & the SULPHUR SPRINGS VALLEY
Two #SEMIPALMATED SANDPIPERS were reported at Lake Cochise by the Twin
Lakes Golf Course on 8/1 (Chris Benesh).
PORTAL & the CHIRICAHUAS (annotated map: http://goo.gl/maps/XfXfX)
A # LUCIFER HUMMINGBIRD and a #PAINTED BUNTING were reported from a yard in
Portal 8/1 (Lori Conrad).
At Patagonia Lake (annotated map: http://goo.gl/GgNvs), a #GREEN KINGFISHER
and a #BLACK-CAPPED GNATCATCHER continued this week (m.ob.) at the east end
along the Birding Trail. A #LOUISIANA WATERTHRUSH was photographed there on
8/1 (Morgan Sayler).
A #GREEN KINGFISHER was photographed along the Railroad Trail in the
Patagonia-Sonoita Creek Preserve on 8/3 (Kathy West). Patagonia-Sonoita
Creek Preserve annotated map: http://goo.gl/maps/0pXsd A female #PAINTED BUNTING was photographed at the Paton Center for
Hummingbirds on 7/28 (Cory Gregory).
BUENOS AIRES NWR
A male #PAINTED BUNTING was photographed at Arivaca Lake on 7/29 (Cory
Gregory, et al).
8-10 #PAINTED BUNTINGS were reported from San Bernardino NWR on 7/31
(Richard Webster). Two more #PAINTED BUNTINGS and a #GREEN KINGFISHER was
at House Pond at nearby Slaughter Ranch the same day, and the kingfisher
continued though 8/2 (m.ob.).
A Brown Pelican continued at the Amado STP this week (m.ob.).
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; timeline for
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.