Date: 11/8/17 11:06 pm From: Andrew Core <tucsonrba...> Subject: [AZNMbirds] RBA Tucson, AZ - 8 November 2017
This update of Tucson Audubon Society's Rare Bird Alert for Southeast Arizona was made on November 8, 2017; the next update will be made on November 13. 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.
LAS CIENEGAS NCA A *YELLOW-THROATED WARBLER was photographed at the lower parking lot in Empire Gulch on 11/6 (Brian Nicholas). A #RUFOUS-BACKED ROBIN continued near the spring on 11/4 (Keith Kamper). A #PALM WARBLER continued at Cottonwood Tank in Las Cienegas NCA on 10/31 (Arlene Ripley).
PORTAL & the CHIRICAHUAS (annotated map: http://goo.gl/maps/XfXfX) A *SCARLET TANAGER was reported on 11/2 (Alan Craig) in a yard in Portal. A #RUFOUS-BACKED ROBIN was reported along the Vista Point trail in Portal on 11/6 (Lori Conrad).
GREEN VALLEY & the SANTA RITAS In Florida Canyon (annotated map: http://goo.gl/AAzD6), *RUFOUS-CAPPED WARBLERS continued on 11/3 (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. In Madera Canyon (map: http://goo.gl/dXBYP) a #WINTER WREN was recorded at the Chuparosa Inn on 11/3 (Ken Blankenship et al). In Montosa Canyon (annotated map: http://goo.gl/8L8tv) a #BLACK-CAPPED GNATCATCHER continued this week on 11/2 (Laurens Halsey) near the culvert, upstream of the concrete stream crossing.
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 #GRAY CATBIRD was photographed at Brown Canyon Ranch on 10/29 (Rob Woodward). It was at the pond near the ranch house. At the San Pedro House, a # GREEN KINGFISHER continued along the San Pedro River north of the bridge and a # LOUISIANA WATERTHRUSH was south of the bridge between posts #7 and #8 on 11/8 (John Broz). A #PACIFIC WREN was reported from the Battiste Bed & Breakfast on 11/6 (Tony Battiste).
TUCSON area Twelve #CACKLING GEESE were reported along the Santa Cruz River south of Valencia Rd on 11/3 (Brian Nicholas) and continued on 11/8 (m.ob.). They move around in the morning but has most often been seen in a gravel pit at the south end of Renaissance Dr on the west bank of the river. Map: http://ebird.org/ebird/hotspot/L2821911 A #GREATER SCAUP was reported from Kennedy Lake on 10/28 (Ed Dunn) and continued through 11/5 (m.ob.). An #EASTERN PHOEBE was photographed at Yellowstone Tank and another #EASTERN PHOEBE was photographed at White Tank along Redington Pass Rd on 11/3 (Paul Suchanek). A #VARIED THRUSH was reported at Rose Canyon Lake on the Catalina Highway just below the dam on 11/6 (Zeke Smith). At Sweetwater Wetlands, a #TENNESSEE WARBLER continued on 11/8 (John Williams). The #BALTIMORE ORIOLE continued on 11/7 (m.ob.). An Evening Grosbeak was reported on 10/30 (John R Williams) and photographed the same day (Cathy Beck). A #"RED" FOX SPARROW was photographed at the WOW Arizona B&B in Catalina on 11/6 (Christopher Vincent).
PARKER CANYON LAKE An #PACIFIC LOON was photographed at Parker Canyon Lake along the southwest side on 11/7 (Diana Doyle).
AMADO Two Brown Pelicans continued at the Amado STP this week (m.ob.). A #HEERMANN'S GULL was reported on 11/7 (Larry Norris) and two were seen later in the day (m.ob.).
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. #BLACK-CAPPED GNATCATCHERS continued this week. Two #RUFOUS-BACKED ROBINS were reported west of the boat launch on 10/29 (Amara Weiss, ph. Alan Schmierer). A #GRAY CATBIRD was reported this week (Amara Weiss). A #RED-BREASTED SAPSUCKER was reported along Blue Haven Rd on 11/8 (Robin Baxter) between the Paton Center for Hummingbirds and the Patagonia- Sonoita Creek Preserve. A Clark's Nutcracker was photographed at the Patagonia- Sonoita Creek Preserve on 11/8 (Kathy West). Patagonia-Sonoita Creek Preserve annotated map: http://goo.gl/maps/0pXsd
DOUGLAS area A #GREEN KINGFISHER was reported at Oasis Pond on San Bernardino NWR and later at House Pond at Slaughter Ranch on 11/7 (Richard Webster), where it was joined by an #EASTERN PHOEBE.
TUBAC area (annotated map: http://goo.gl/maps/yDqi0) A #WINTER WREN and a #TENNESSEE WARBLER were reported from the De Anza Trail at Clark Crossing Rd on 11/6 (Keith Kamper) and continued on 11/7 (Brian Walsh). Both birds were about 0.4 mi north of the crossing. Two #RUFOUS-BACKED ROBINS continued at Santa Gertrudis Lane on 11/8 (m.ob.) across from #12. Remember to park along the frontage road and walk in.
NOGALES area At Pena Blanca Lake (annotated map: http://goo.gl/zBbzl), a # LOUISIANA WATERTHRUSH was reported on 10/29 (Cliff Cathers) and continued on 11/1 (Thor Manson).
SANTA CRUZ FLATS A #CLAY-COLORED SPARROW was reported from Fast Track Rd on 11/2 (Doug Jenness).
SONOITA A #MCCOWN'S LONGSPUR was reported along Curly Horse Ranch Rd on 11/6 (Ken Blankenship, Kathy Kuyper).
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.