Date: 11/17/17 9:09 pm From: Andrew Core <tucsonrba...> Subject: [AZNMbirds] RBA Tucson, AZ - 17 November 2017
This update of Tucson Audubon Society's Rare Bird Alert for Southeast
Arizona was made on November 17, 2017; the next update will be made on
November 24. 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
A *COUCH'S KINGBIRD was photographed on 11/11 (Melissa Williams) at Fort
Lowell Park and continued through 11/17 (m.ob.). It prefers the area around
the pond early in the morning but then wanders to the pecan grove to the
east and across the wash later in the day before returning to the pond in
the late afternoon. There are two previously accepted state records.
A #WHITE-WINGED SCOTER was photographed at Kennedy Lake on 11/11 (Janine
McCabe) A #GREATER SCAUP continued on 11/12 (Ed Dunn); two were reported on
11/15 (Laurens Halsey) and continued through 11/16 (John Higgins).
A #RUDDY GROUND-DOVE was photographed in a yard in north Tucson on 11/11
A #RUFOUS-BACKED ROBIN and a #GRAY CATBIRD were reported from a
neighborhood in northeast Tucson on 11/17 (Keith Kamper).
At Sweetwater Wetlands, the #BALTIMORE ORIOLE continued on 11/15 (Stephen
A #CLAY-COLORED SPARROW was photographed at Jesse Owens Park southeast of
Broadway and Pantano (map: http://ebird.org/ebird/hotspot/L639986). A
Williamson's Sapsucker and crossbills were present as well.
An #ORCHARD ORIOLE was photographed in the Tanque Verde Wash at Wentworth
Rd. on 11/14 (Paul Suchanek).
SIERRA VISTA & the HUACHUCAS
In Huachuca Canyon, two *SINALOA WRENS were reported about 1.5 miles up the
canyon on 11/10 (Stuart Healy). The wrens were in one the brush piles on
the east side of the canyon; a road comes in from the west side of the
canyon here. This is about 0.2 mile short of the campground; approximate
map: https://hikearizona.com/map.php?QX=6675 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.
At the San Pedro House, a #GREEN KINGFISHER continued along the San Pedro
River north of the bridge on 11/17 (John Broz). Two #LOUISIANA
WATERTHRUSHES were reported on 11/15 (John Broz) – one was about 200 yards
south of the bridge between posts #7 and #8 and one was an equal distance
north of the bridge. The one south of the bridge was photographed on 11/17
GREEN VALLEY & the SANTA RITAS
In Florida Canyon (annotated map: http://goo.gl/AAzD6), *RUFOUS-CAPPED
WARBLERS continued on 11/17 (Richard Fray) 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 &
A #GREATER SCAUP was photographed at the Green Valley WWTP on 11/12 and
11/16 (Ed Dunn).
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.
A *YELLOW-THROATED WARBLER was photographed in Patagonia Town Park on 11/15
(Guy David); one has wintered in town the last two years.
At Patagonia Lake (annotated map: http://goo.gl/GgNvs), a #WINTER WREN and
a #TENNESSEE WARBLER were reported on 11/14 (Caleb Strand, Dara Vazquez) at
the east end along the Birding Trail. #BLACK-CAPPED GNATCATCHERS continued
A #RED-BREASTED SAPSUCKER continued along Blue Haven Rd on 11/15 (m.ob.)
between the Paton Center for Hummingbirds and the Patagonia- Sonoita Creek
Preserve. A pair of #BLACK-CAPPED GNATCATCHERS was photographed along Blue
Haven Rd at Temporal Gulch on 11/11 (Alan Schmierer) and two pairs were
reported 0.5 miles past the Patons' on 11/17 (Alan Schmierer).
Patagonia-Sonoita Creek Preserve annotated map: http://goo.gl/maps/0pXsd A #PALM WARBLER was reported on Harshaw Creek Rd a short distance from town
on 11/11 (Brian Wulker).
A #EURASIAN WIGEON was reported at the Benson STP on 11/16 (Morton Massey).
A male #GREEN KINGFISHER continued on 11/15 (Richard Webster) at North Pond
on San Bernardino NWR; #RUFOUS-BACKED ROBIN was along Black Draw and a
#WINTER WREN was at Mesquite Pond. Another male #GREEN KINGFISHER was seen
later at House Pond at Slaughter Ranch, where it was joined by a continuing
TUBAC area (annotated map: http://goo.gl/maps/yDqi0)
A #GREEN KINGFISHER was reported from the De Anza Trail at Clark Crossing
Rd on 11/9 (Ron Batie) and photographed on 11/11 (Dick Bierman).
Up to three #RUFOUS-BACKED ROBINS continued at Santa Gertrudis Lane on
11/17 (m.ob.) across from #12. Remember to park along the frontage road and
PORTAL & the CHIRICAHUAS (annotated map: http://goo.gl/maps/XfXfX)
A #RUFOUS-BACKED ROBIN was reported again on 11/12 (Bob & Bettina
Arrigoni); one was along the Vista Point trail in Portal on 11/6 (Lori
A #GOLDEN-CROWNED SPARROW was photographed near the Pinery Canyon
Campground on 11/13 (Brian Wulker).
LAS CIENEGAS NCA
A #TENNESSEE WARBLER was photographed in Empire Gulch on 11/11 (Brian
Nicholas, Paul Suchanek).
Two Brown Pelicans 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.
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.