Date: 10/28/17 1:00 pm
From: Andrew Core <tucsonrba...>
Subject: [AZNMbirds] RBA Tucson, AZ - 28 October 2017
Hello Birders,

This update of Tucson Audubon Society's Rare Bird Alert for Southeast
Arizona was made on October 28, 2017; the next update will be made on
November 3. 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
at http://www.azfo.org/gallery/1main/whatIsABC.html.

Where directions are not given, they can be found in the most recent
edition of Tucson Audubon's "Finding Birds in Southeast Arizona". More
information including updates may be found here:
http://tucsonaudubon.org/go-birding/finding-birds-in-southeast-arizona/.
For additional sightings in the region, please see the The Arizona-New
Mexico Birding ListServ (https://list.arizona.edu/sympa/arc/aznmbirds).

For more information about Tucson Audubon field trips, lectures and
educational opportunities, please see www.tucsonaudubon.org.

SPECIES MENTIONED IN THIS REPORT INCLUDE:
#Surf Scoter
*RUBY-THROATED HUMMINGBIRD
#Green Kingfisher
#Winter Wren
#Pacific Wren
#Black-capped Gnatcatcher
#Rufous-backed Robin
#Tennessee Warbler
#Chestnut-sided Warbler
#Palm Warbler
*RUFOUS-CAPPED WARBLER
#Painted Bunting
#Dickcissel
#Baltimore Oriole

GREEN VALLEY & the SANTA RITAS
In Madera Canyon (map: http://goo.gl/dXBYP) a *RUBY-THROATED HUMMINGBIRD
was photographed at the Santa Rita Lodge on 10/24 (Laurens Halsey). A
#RUFOUS-BACKWD ROBIN was rpeorted from lower Madera Canyon on 10/21 (Fred
Mitchell). It was between Proctor Rd and Whitehouse Canyon parking area on
a short spur off the Nature Trail near the "oak woodland" sign.
In Florida Canyon (annotated map: http://goo.gl/AAzD6), *RUFOUS-CAPPED
WARBLERS continued on 10/22 (Laurens Halsey 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 &
62A.
A #SURF SCOTER was photographed at the Green Valley WWTP on 10/27 (Ed Dunn).

SIERRA VISTA & the HUACHUCAS
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.
A #RUFOUS-BACKED ROBIN was reported at Brown Canyon Ranch on 10/28 (Neil
Leman). It was at the pond near the ranch house.
At the San Pedro House, a # GREEN KINGFISHER continued along the San Pedro
River on 10/28 (Ken Blankenship).
A #PACIFIC WREN was reported from lower Huachuca Canyon on 10/23 (Ron Beck).

PATAGONIA
At Patagonia Lake (annotated map: http://goo.gl/GgNvs), a #GREEN KINGFISHER
continued this week on 10/23 (Deborah Locke) at the east end along the
Birding Trail.
A #GREEN KINGFISHER was reported along the Creek Trail in the
Patagonia-Sonoita Creek Preserve on 10/22 (Kathy West). Patagonia-Sonoita
Creek Preserve annotated map: http://goo.gl/maps/0pXsd
A #RUFOUS-BACKED ROBIN was reported on 10/22 (Rick Steenberg) along Harshaw
Creek Road, south of the intersection with Harshaw Road. It was
photographed on 10/26 (Diana Doyle). Contact Rick at 307-871-4802 for
directions.

DOUGLAS area
A #GREEN KINGFISHER was reported at House Pond at Slaughter Ranch on 10/27
(Richard Webster).

TUCSON area
At Sweetwater Wetlands, a #TENNESSEE WARBLER continued on 10/23 (Michelle
Long). The #BALTIMORE ORIOLE reappeared on 10/25 (m.ob.) after a two-week
absence. A #DICKCISSEL was photographed on 10/21 (Will Russell).
A #WINTER WREN was reported at Cienega Creek Preserve (permit required) on
10/27 (Paul Suchanek, Brian Nicholas) just upstream of the confluence with
Davidson Canyon on the north side of the creek. NOTE: This area is
accessible from the Gabe Zimmerman Davidson Canyon Trailhead. A special
advance permit is required to visit this preserve; see:
http://webcms.pima.gov/cms/one.aspx?portalId=169&pageId=1515 and annotated
map: http://goo.gl/8DrrSk

TUBAC area (annotated map: http://goo.gl/maps/yDqi0)
A #RUFOUS-BACKED ROBIN and a #CHESTNUT-SIDED WARBLER were photographed
along the De Anza Trail in Tubac on 10/22 (Chris McCreedy).

LAS CIENEGAS NCA
A #PALM WARBLER was photographed at Cottonwood Tank in Las Cienegas NCA on
10/23 (Arlene Ripley) and continued on 10/26 (Katherine Cudney). A #PAINTED
BUNTING continued there on 10/25 (m.ob.).

AMADO
Two Brown Pelicans continued at the Amado STP this week (m.ob.).


ANNOUNCEMENTS
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/

TUCSON - Mosquito control operations are scheduled at Sweetwater Wetlands
from 6:30-8:30am on Mondays during the warmer months (usually March -
November). The gate will open when operations are finished. Due to
long-term construction, Roger Road WRF is closed. See our Sweetwater page (
http://www.tucsonaudubon.org/what-we-do/visit/planning/locations/212.html)
or http://cms3.tucsonaz.gov/water/sweetwater for details.

The Pima County Regional Wastewater Reclamation Department security
procedures are subject to change any time. Please see the "bird watching"
link on this page for important information regarding access:
http://webcms.pima.gov/government/wastewaterreclamation/

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:
http://goo.gl/5vIQSb

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.

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).

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.

ROGER ROAD WRF: Closed.

CORONA DE TUCSON WRF: Closed.

NOGALES STP: Closed.

Good birding!


Andrew Core
SEAZ RBA Compiler - Tucson, AZ
http://tucsonaudubon.org/go-birding/southeast-arizona-rare-bird-alert/

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