Date: 8/12/17 12:07 am From: Andrew Core <tucsonrba...> Subject: [AZNMbirds] RBA Tucson, AZ - 11 August 2017
This update of Tucson Audubon Society's Rare Bird Alert for Southeast
Arizona was made on August 11, 2017; the next update will be made on
August 18. Phone your reports to 520-629-0510 X 3, or email to
rarebirdalert AT tucsonaudubon.org.
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
*BUFF-COLLARED NIGHTJARS continued through 8/8 (Peter Kondrashov) 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 *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 location: https://goo.gl/aMh1ke In Carr Canyon, at least one of the *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 8/9 (Scott Barnes) between Reef Townsite and
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 WARBLER was reported again from the
Miller Canyon Trail on 8/5 (Laurens Halsey et al) near Split Rock (which is
about a mile from the parking area). It was reported on 8/8 (Scott Barnes)
past Split Rock and the stream crossing, and a *RED-EYED VIREO was reported
closer to the gate near the parking area.
#LUCIFER HUMMINGBIRDS continued at Ash Canyon B&B this week (m.ob.) – dusk
is the best time to see them.
In Huachuca Canyon a #BERYLLINE HUMMNGBIRD was reported on 8/5 (John
Kendall, Chris Chappell). It was frequenting a stand of willows near the
first bridge the road crosses in the canyon.
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 *YELLOW-GREEN VIREO was photographed
here on 8/5 (Chris Benesh, et al). A #GREEN KINGFISHER continued here on
#BLACK-CAPPED GNATCATCHERS were reported again in Rock Corral Canyon on
8/11 (m.ob.) west of Santa Gertrudis Lane. A high clearance, four-wheel
drive vehicle is recommended; the birds were all within the first mile up
canyon from the corral.
A male #PAINTED BUNTING was reported along the Santa Cruz River at Santa
Gertrudis Lane on 8/10 (Keith Kamper). Remember to park along the frontage
road and walk in.
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. A singing Five-striped Sparrow was reported on
8/5 (Matt Brown) and continued through 8/11 (m.ob.); it was just past the
stream crossing near the 20 mph sign. This is perhaps the only Five-striped
Sparrow next to a paved road in the US!
Another Five-striped Sparrow was reported along Box Canyon Rd 6.7 miles
east of Madera Canyon Rd on 8/11 (Cliff Cathers).
SANTA CRUZ FLATS
Two separate *RUDDY TURNSTONES were photographed on 8/9 – one at the
Anderson Dairy in Stanfield west of Casa Grande (Jake Mohlmann et al; GPS:
32.856,-111.934) and the other at the Caballero Dairy on Harmon and Curry
Rd. (Keith Kamper et al). Management has asked that birders please view
these ponds from the main roads (i.e., Curry) only. This apparently
represents the 2nd and 3rd county records.
An immature dark-morph *SHORT-TAILED HAWK was reported again on 8/6 (Keith
Kamper) at Paige Creek near where the creek crosses the road. This is on
the east side of the Rincon Mountains, east of Tucson about 14 miles from
I-10 and just before the concrete tank. One was photographed here on 6/5.
A #GRAY CATBIRD was reported at Sweetwater Wetlands on 8/5 (Susan Killeen,
ph. Andrew Core).
WILLCOX & the SULPHUR SPRINGS VALLEY
Two #SEMIPALMATED SANDPIPERS continued at Lake Cochise by the Twin Lakes
Golf Course on 8/11 (m.ob.).
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 #GREEN KINGFISHER continued along the Railroad Trail in the
Patagonia-Sonoita Creek Preserve on 8/5 (m.ob.). Patagonia-Sonoita Creek
Preserve annotated map: http://goo.gl/maps/0pXsd
A #GREEN KINGFISHER continued at House Pond at Slaughter Ranch on 8/9
PORTAL & the CHIRICAHUAS (annotated map: http://goo.gl/maps/XfXfX)
A #LUCIFER HUMMINGBIRD continued on 8/7 (Rick Taylor) in a yard in
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.