Date: 12/4/17 6:41 pm
From: <Birdsounds...>
Subject: Re: [AZNMbirds] RBA Tucson, AZ - 1 December 2017
Just curious with two questions: 1) On 29 November I reported a Sandhill
Crane at my neighbor's property at Moyza Ranch Road, between Amado and
Arivaca, Pima Co., and it is not included in this list. I thought it was out of
its range and worthy of reporting, so why wasn't it included? I did say I
have photos.

Second question: 2) When I report my sightings, I do not see them on the
list. Is that how it is for this list?

Thank you in advance for your reply,

Kathy Groschupf


In a message dated 12/3/2017 3:03:46 A.M. US Mountain Standard Time,
<tucsonrba...> writes:
















Hello Birders,


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_ (tel:520-629-0510) X 3, or email
to rarebirdalert AT _tucsonaudubon.org_ (http://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/1mhttp://www.azfo.or_
(http://www.azfo.org/gallery/1main/whatIsABC.html) .

Where directions are not given, they can be found in the most recent
edition of Tucson Audubon's "Finding Birds in Southeast Arizona". More
information including updates may be found here:
_http://tucsonaudubon.org/go-http://tucsonaudubon.org/http://tucsonaudub_
(http://tucsonaudubon.org/go-birding/finding-birds-in-southeast-arizona/) . For additional sightings in the
region, please see the The Arizona-New Mexico Birding ListServ
(_https://list.arizona.edu/symphttps://list.ar_
(https://list.arizona.edu/sympa/arc/aznmbirds) ).

For more information about Tucson Audubon field trips, lectures and
educational opportunities, please see _www.tucsonaudubon.org_
(http://www.tucsonaudubon.org/) .

SPECIES MENTIONED IN THIS REPORT INCLUDE:

#Eurasian Wigeon
#Greater Scaup
*LEAST GREBE
#Green Kingfisher
#Red-breasted Sapsucker
#Eastern Phoebe
*COUCH'S KINGBIRD
#Pacific Wren
#Black-capped Gnatcatcher
#Rufous-backed Robin
#Varied Thrush
#Louisiana Waterthrush
*RUFOUS-CAPPED WARBLER


Red-breasted Nuthatches, Cassin's Finches, Clark's Nutcrackers and Red
Crossbills continue to invade southeast Arizona – a recording is critical in
separating the different types of crossbills: see
http://ebird.org/content/ebird/news/crossbills-of-north-america-species-and-red-crossbill-call-types/


TUCSON area
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 & 62A.
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.


BENSON area
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.).


PATAGONIA
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:
http://goo.gl/maps/0pXsd


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 walk in.
A Pinyon Jay was reported along Moyza Ranch Road between Amado and Arivaca
on 11/28 (Kathy Groschupf).


DOUGLAS area
A male #GREEN KINGFISHER continued on 11/25 (m.ob.) at House Pond at
Slaughter Ranch.


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
(Diana Doyle).
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 bridge.


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-http://tucsonaudubon.org/http://tucsonaudub_
(http://tucsonaudubon.org/go-birding/finding-birds-in-southeast-arizona/)


TUCSON - Mosquito control operations are scheduled at Sweetwater Wetlands
from 6:30-8:30am on Mondays during the warmer months (usually March -
November). The gate will open when operations are finished. Due to long-term
construction, Roger Road WRF is closed. See our Sweetwater page
(_http://www.tucsonaudubon.org/http://www.tucsonaudubon.org/http://www.tuc_
(http://www.tucsonaudubon.org/what-we-do/visit/planning/locations/212.html) ) or
_http://cms3.tucsonaz.gov/wahttp://cms3.tu_ (http://cms3.tucsonaz.gov/water/sweet
water) for details.

The Pima County Regional Wastewater Reclamation Department security
procedures are subject to change any time. Please see the "bird watching" link on
this page for important information regarding access:
_http://webcms.pima.govhttp://webcms.pima.gov<WBR>/gohttp_
(http://webcms.pima.gov/government/wastewaterreclamation/)



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.mihttp://www.huachuca.army.mi<WB_
(http://www.huachuca.army.mil/pages/des/accesscontrol.html) <WBR>. 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
_(520.533.7111_ (tel:(520.533.7111) ), or possibly the Sierra Vista Visitor's Bureau
_(520.417.6960_ (tel:(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-puhttps://w_ (https://www.dhs.gov/real-id-public-faqs) or
_http://huachuca-www.army.mil/phttp://huachuca-www.army.mi_
(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.


ROGER ROAD WRF: Closed.

CORONA DE TUCSON WRF: Closed.

NOGALES STP: Closed.


Good birding!






















Andrew Core
SEAZ RBA Compiler - Tucson, AZ
http://tucsonaudubon.org/go-birding/southeast-arizona-rare-bird-alert/











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