Date: 12/29/17 11:08 pm From: Andrew Core <tucsonrba...> Subject: [AZNMbirds] RBA Tucson, AZ - 29 December 2017
This update of Tucson Audubon Society's Rare Bird Alert for Southeast
Arizona was made on December 29, 2017; the next update will be made on
January 5. 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
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 near 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.
Two #GREATER SCAUP were reported at the Green Valley WWTP on 12/24 (Ed
In Chino Canyon (map: http://goo.gl/maps/oTBK), #BLACK-CAPPED GNATCATCHERS
were reported on 12/28 (Dave Stejskal). High clearance is recommended for
the rough road in.
A #EURASIAN WIGEON continued at the Avra Valley WWTP on 12/29 (John
Mueller). If the gate is locked, try the call box; gate is locked for the
day at 2pm.
A #GREATER SCAUP was reported at Kennedy Lake this week (m.ob.). Several
Lesser Scaup are present as well.
A #YELLOW-BELLIED SAPSUCKER was reported from the northeast part of Stefan
Golob Park on 12/23 (Paul Suchanek). Map:
http://ebird.org/ebird/hotspot/L2441337 A #BROWN THRASHER was reported on 12/27 and 12/28 (Joe Aliperti) from
private property along Sabino Creek just outside the Sabino Canyon park
At Sweetwater Wetlands the #BALTIMORE ORIOLE continued this week (m.ob.).
An #ORCHARD ORIOLE was photographed on 12/25 (Paul Suchanek) in Tanque
Verde Wash west of Tanque Verde Loop Rd. It was about 300 yards west of the
road on the south side of the wash near a rope swing, and continued on
A #EURASIAN WIGEON was reported at Lake Cochise by the Twin Lakes Golf
Course in Willcox on 12/23 (Nicholas & Lisa Tritz).
Three #GREATER SCAUP were reported at the Benson STP on 12/28 (Chris
A #WINTER WREN was reported on private property in the Galiuros on 12/25
At Patagonia Lake (annotated map: http://goo.gl/GgNvs), a #GREATER SCAUP
continued this week (m.ob.). #BLACK-CAPPED GNATCATCHERS continued this week
(m.ob.) 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. A #GREEN KINGFISHER was photographed along the Creek Trail in the
Preserve on 12/28 (Daniel Peter Siminski). Patagonia-Sonoita Creek
Preserve annotated map: http://goo.gl/maps/0pXsd
SANTA CRUZ FLATS
A #"HARLAN’S" RED-TAILED HAWK continued near the intersection of Green
Reservoir Rd and Curry Rd this week (m.ob.).
A #YELLOW-BELLIED SAPSUCKER continued at Roper Lake SP on 12/29 (Jeff
TUBAC area (annotated map: http://goo.gl/maps/yDqi0)
Multiple #RUFOUS-BACKED ROBINS continued at Santa Gertrudis Lane on this
week (m.ob.) across from #12. Remember to park along the frontage road and
SIERRA VISTA & the HUACHUCAS
At the San Pedro House, two #LOUISIANA WATERTHRUSHES continued this week
(m.ob.), one has been seen near marker #7 south of the bridge and one north
of the bridge. A #GREEN KINGFISHER continued near the bridge (m.ob.). An
#EASTERN PHOEBE was reported near marker #7 on 12/24 (BJ Stacey, Michaeleen
Trimarchi). Two more #LOUISIANA WATERTHRUSHES were reported south of the
San Pedro House on 12/27 (Chris McCreedy).
An #EASTERN PHOEBE continued along the San Pedro north of the Hereford
Bridge on 12/29 (m.ob.). A #PACIFIC WREN was reported on 12/27 (Bill
In Ramsey Canyon, two #PACIFIC WRENS were reported in the upper canyon on
12/23 (Theresa Lawson). They were at the second stream crossing after the
A #PACIFIC WREN was reported in upper Garden Canyon on 12/29 (Diana Doyle).
PORTAL & the CHIRICAHUAS (annotated map: http://goo.gl/maps/XfXfX)
A #"RED" FOX SPARROW was reported in Whitetail Canyon on 12/26 (Rick
A #MCCOWN'S LONGSPUR was reported along Curly Horse Ranch Rd on 12/26 (Paul
Suchanek, Brian Nicholas).
A Brown Pelican 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.