Date: 2/2/18 10:00 pm
From: Andrew Core <tucsonrba...>
Subject: [AZNMbirds] RBA Tucson, AZ - 2 February 2018
Hello Birders,

This update of Tucson Audubon Society's Rare Bird Alert for Southeast
Arizona was made on February 2, 2018; the next update will be made on
February 9. Phone your reports to 520-629-0510 X 3, or email to
rarebirdalert AT

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

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:
For additional sightings in the region, please see the The Arizona-New
Mexico Birding ListServ (

For more information about Tucson Audubon field trips, lectures and
educational opportunities, please see

#Greater Scaup
#"Harlan's" Red-tailed Hawk
#Ruddy Ground-Dove
#Green Kingfisher
#Yellow-bellied Sapsucker
#Eastern Phoebe
#Winter Wren
#Black-capped Gnatcatcher
#Rufous-backed Robin
#Gray Catbird
#Louisiana Waterthrush
#"Red" Fox Sparrow
#McCown's Longspur
#Lapland Longspur
#Baltimore Oriole

Red-breasted Nuthatches and Red Crossbills continue to invade southeast
Arizona – a recording is critical in separating the different types of
crossbills: see

TUBAC area (annotated map:
A *SINALOA WREN continued this week (m.ob.) along the De Anza Trail south
of Santa Gertrudis Lane. This week it has been seen in the vicinity of the
old cars about 1/4 miles south of the crossing. A male *ROSE-THROATED
BECARD was seen again on 1/30 and 2/2 (m.ob). Multiple #RUFOUS-BACKED
ROBINS continued along Santa Gertrudis Lane on this week (m.ob.) across
from #12 and also along the river near the cars. Remember to park along the
frontage road and walk in.
A #WINTER WREN was photographed and recorded again near the benches along
the De Anza Trail in Tubac on 1/31 (Bill Lisowsky). A #LOUISIANA
WATERTHRUSH was photographed on 1/27 (Bill Lisowsky).

A *STREAK-BACKED ORIOLE continued in a Tucson yard on 2/2 (m.ob.). It has
been seen for a few minutes most days, but where it spends the rest of its
time is unclear. The yard is on the southeast corner of E 2nd St. and N
Anderson Blvd. (near Speedway & Country Club); standing on the west side of
Anderson Blvd gives the best chance to see the bird come in without
disturbing it. The feeder is in the orange tree on the side of the house.
A likely Eurasian x American Wigeon hybrid continued at the Avra Valley
WWTP on 2/2 (John Higgins); last report of the #EURASIAN WIGEON was on 1/16
(Nate Gowan); however, so caution is warranted. The hybrid bird has paler
cheeks and a bit of black at the base of the bill. If the gate is locked,
try the call box; gate is locked for the day at 2pm.
A #GRAY CATBIRD was reported in a neighborhood in northeast Tucson near
Grant & Wilmot on 1/25 (Greer Warren). It is being seen occasionally just
north of the intersection of Sonoita Ave and Hampton Street; map:
At Sweetwater Wetlands, a #BALTIMORE ORIOLE was reported again on 1/28
(Betsy Checchia); one has wintered here the last two years but ranges
A Northern Waterthrush (very rare in winter) continued at Sam Lena
Park/KERP this week (m.ob.). One was present here last winter.

A *STREAK-BACKED ORIOLE continued at San Bernardino NWR on 1/31 (Richard
Webster). It was first seen where the main refuge entrance road crosses
Black Draw, the main N-S drainage line. Later it was at Minckley Ponds
about 250 yards north. A male #GREEN KINGFISHER has been in the area,
including at Slaughter Ranch (fide Richard Webster). San Bernardino NWR
annotated map:

In Florida Canyon (annotated map:, *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. #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 &
continued along Proctor Rd this week (m.ob.).

At the San Pedro House, a #LOUISIANA WATERTHRUSH continued this week
(m.ob.), one had been seen near marker #7 south of the bridge but recent
reports have been of the one north of the bridge. Three were reported on
1/25 (Rob Gallucci). A #GREEN KINGFISHER continued off and on just north of
the bridge (m.ob.). A #"HARLAN’S" RED-TAILED HAWK was reported on 1/27
(Chris Rohrer). A #"RED" FOX SPARROW was reported near marker #11 on 1/27
(Homer Hansen).
An #EASTERN PHOEBE continued along the San Pedro north of the Hereford
Bridge this week (m.ob.).

At Patagonia Lake (annotated map:, a #GREATER SCAUP
was reported this week (m.ob.); Lesser Scaup are present as well. A #GREEN
KINGFISHER and #BLACK-CAPPED GNATCATCHERS continued this week (m.ob.) at
the east end along the Birding Trail.
An interesting sapsucker – either a #RED-BREASTED SAPSUCKER or a hybrid
Red-naped Sapsucker x 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 #RUFOUS-BACKED ROBIN was photographed at the Paton Center on 1/29 (Shelli

Three or four #RUDDY GROUND-DOVES continued at the Red Rock feedlot on
Sasco Rd this week (m.ob.). They tend to hang out with the Inca Doves on
the northwest side.

A #YELLOW-BELLIED SAPSUCKER continued at Roper Lake SP on 1/30 (m.ob.).

A #LAPLAND LONGSPUR and #MCCOWN'S LONGSPURS continued from the Davis
Pasture section of Las Cienegas NCA this week (m.ob.). Map (courtesy of
Richard Fray):

The revised 8th edition of Tucson Audubon's "Finding Birds in Southeast
Arizona" is available here:

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 (
or 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:

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.

FORT HUACHUCA - access requirements are posted on its official webpage at 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 or 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.

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.


Good birding!

Andrew Core
SEAZ RBA Compiler - Tucson, AZ

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