Date: 12/3/17 2:03 am From: Andrew Core <tucsonrba...> Subject: [AZNMbirds] RBA Tucson, AZ - 1 December 2017
This update of Tucson Audubon Society's Rare Bird Alert for Southeast
Arizona was made on December 1, 2017; the next update will be made on
December 8. 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 12/1/ (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 continued at Arthur Pack Park on 11/25 (m.ob.). It was 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 possible #EURASIAN WIGEON (or American x Eurasian Wigeon hybrid) was
reported at Agua Caliente Park on 12/1 (Richard Carlson).
A #GREATER SCAUP continued at Kennedy Lake on 11/30 (m.ob.). Several Lesser
Scaup are present as well.
An #EASTERN PHOEBE was photographed at one of the tanks along Redington
Pass Rd on 11/25 (Brian Nicholas).
GREEN VALLEY & the SANTA RITAS
In Florida Canyon (annotated map: http://goo.gl/AAzD6), *RUFOUS-CAPPED
WARBLERS continued this week (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. #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 &
In Madera Canyon (map: http://goo.gl/dXBYP), #BLACK-CAPPED GNATCATCHERS
continued along Proctor Rd on 11/26 (Richard Fray).
In Montosa Canyon (annotated map: http://goo.gl/8L8tv) a #BLACK-CAPPED
GNATCATCHER continued this week on 11/29 (Tim Helentjaris) near the
culvert, upstream of the concrete stream crossing.
A #EURASIAN WIGEON continued at the Benson STP on 11/30 (Arlene Ripley).
A #RUFOUS-BACKED ROBIN continued at the Holy Trinity Monastery in St. David
on 11/25 (m.ob.).
At Patagonia Lake (annotated map: http://goo.gl/GgNvs), a #GREATER SCAUP
was reported on 11/26 (Alan Schmierer). #BLACK-CAPPED GNATCATCHERS
continued this week at the east end along the Birding Trail.
A #RED-BREASTED SAPSUCKER continued along Blue Haven Rd this week (m.ob.)
between the Paton Center for Hummingbirds and the Patagonia- Sonoita Creek
Preserve. Patagonia-Sonoita Creek Preserve annotated map:
TUBAC area (annotated map: http://goo.gl/maps/yDqi0)
Two #GREEN KINGFISHERS (male and female) were photographed along the De
Anza Trail in Tubac on 11/27 (Timothy DeJonghe) north of the bridge, and
just south of the golf course.
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 Pinyon Jay was reported along Moyza Ranch Road between Amado and Arivaca
on 11/28 (Kathy Groschupf).
A male #GREEN KINGFISHER continued on 11/25 (m.ob.) at House Pond at
PARKER CANYON LAKE
An #EASTERN PHOEBE and a Common Loon were photographed at Parker Canyon
Lake on 11/29 (Arlene Ripley).
PORTAL & the CHIRICAHUAS (annotated map: http://goo.gl/maps/XfXfX)
A #PACIFIC WREN was reported in South Fork in Cave Creek Canyon on 11/25
(Christopher Rustay, Steve Drilling).
SIERRA VISTA & the HUACHUCAS
In Huachuca Canyon, a #VARIED THRUSH was reported about 100 yards past the
1.7-mile parking area on 11/29 (Susan Allerton) and continued on 12/1
At the San Pedro House, two #LOUISIANA WATERTHRUSHES continued on 11/29
(m.ob.), one near marker #7 south of the bridge and one north of the
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.