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