Date: 11/25/17 1:45 pm From: Andrew Core <tucsonrba...> Subject: [AZNMbirds] RBA Tucson, AZ - 24 November 2017
This update of Tucson Audubon Society's Rare Bird Alert for Southeast
Arizona was made on November 24, 2017; the next update will be made on
December 1. 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 continued on 11/23 (m.ob.) at Fort Lowell Park. 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 *LEAST GREBE was photographed at Arthur Pack Park on 11/21 (John
Williams) and continued on 11/24 (m.ob.). It is being seen on the 7th hole
pond of the golf course. From the main road, take the dirt road to the
Maeveen Behan Trailhead next to the 9th hole pond. Park and walk southwest
through the desert (taking care to stay out of the way of golfers) to the
pond on the 7th hole.
A #GREATER SCAUP continued at Kennedy Lake on 11/23 (John Higgins). Several
Lesser Scaup are present as well.
A #GRAY CATBIRD continued in a neighborhood in northeast Tucson on 11/23
The #BALTIMORE ORIOLE was seen this week at the north end of Columbus Park
on 11/19 (Molly Pollock, Mark Stevenson). It has occasionally been seen at
Sweetwater Wetlands as well.
Five Tundra Swans were photographed flying up the Tanque Verde Wash near
Wentworth Rd on 11/19 (Paul Suchanek).
GREEN VALLEY & the SANTA RITAS
In Florida Canyon (annotated map: http://goo.gl/AAzD6), *RUFOUS-CAPPED
WARBLERS continued on 11/21 (Deanna Mac Phail) 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 11/19 (Ed
In Madera Canyon (map: http://goo.gl/dXBYP), #BLACK-CAPPED GNATCATCHERS
continued along Proctor Rd on 11/20 (Laurens Halsey).
A *PINE WARBLER and a #RUFOUS-BACKED ROBIN were photographed at the Holy
Trinity Monastery in St. David on 11/21 (Arlene Ripley). The robin
continued on 11/23 and the warbler on 11/22 (m.ob.).
A #EURASIAN WIGEON was reported again at the Benson STP on 11/20 (Chris
SANTA CRUZ FLATS
A #"HARLAN’S" RED-TAILED HAWK was reported near the intersection of Green
Reservoir Rd and Curry Rd on 11/22 (Tim Helentjaris).
SIERRA VISTA & the HUACHUCAS
At the San Pedro House, a #GREEN KINGFISHER continued along the San Pedro
River north of the bridge on 11/24 (Joel DuBois) and a #LOUISIANA
WATERTHRUSH near marker #4 south of the bridge on 11/22 (John Broz).
In Ramsey Canyon, a #WINTER WREN was reported about 70 yards above the
visitor's center on 11/20 (Richard Fray, Jennie MacFarland).
A #RED-BREASTED SAPSUCKER continued along Blue Haven Rd on 11/18 (m.ob.)
between the Paton Center for Hummingbirds and the Patagonia- Sonoita Creek
Preserve. Patagonia-Sonoita Creek Preserve annotated map:
http://goo.gl/maps/0pXsd At Patagonia Lake (annotated map: http://goo.gl/GgNvs), #BLACK-CAPPED
GNATCATCHERS continued this week at the east end along the Birding Trail.
TUBAC area (annotated map: http://goo.gl/maps/yDqi0)
Up to three #RUFOUS-BACKED ROBINS continued at Santa Gertrudis Lane on this
week (m.ob.) across from #12. Remember to park along the frontage road and
A #CHESTNUT-SIDED WARBLER was reported from Arivaca Creek on Buenos Aires
NWR on 11/22 (Keith Kamper, Patty Tersey).
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.