Date: 2/9/18 11:50 pm
From: Andrew Core <tucsonrba...>
Subject: [AZNMbirds] RBA Tucson, AZ - 9 February 2018
Hello Birders,

This update of Tucson Audubon Society's Rare Bird Alert for Southeast
Arizona was made on February 9, 2018; the next update will be made on
February 16. 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

#Eurasian Wigeon
#Greater Scaup
#Ruddy Ground-Dove
#Green Kingfisher
#Eastern Phoebe
#Winter Wren
#Pacific Wren
#Black-capped Gnatcatcher
#Rufous-backed Robin
#Varied Thrush
#Louisiana Waterthrush
#McCown's Longspur
#Lapland Longspur

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. 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 *ROSE-THROATED BECARD continued in the area on 2/4 (David Vleck). Instead
of south of Santa Gertrudis Lane, however, this one was along the De Anza
Trail at Tumacacori; from the trailhead just north of the mission, head
east to the kiosk. There is a short spur to the river just east of here.
This is where a pair was seen last summer (occasionally high in the
cottonwoods) and just to the north.
A #WINTER WREN continued near along the De Anza Trail in at Clark Crossing
Rd on 2/6 (Leo Miller).
In Montosa Canyon (annotated map: a #BLACK-CAPPED
GNATCATCHER continued this week (m.ob.) near the culvert, upstream of the
concrete stream crossing.

A *STREAK-BACKED ORIOLE continued in a Tucson yard on 2/9 (Linda Merrick).
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 *WHITE-HEADED WOODPECKER was reported in Bear Canyon on Mt. Lemmon at the
General Hitchcock Campground on 2/7 (Denny Grandstand). There are currently
no accepted state records of this species. Subsequent searches have not
been fruitful but updates would be appreciated!
An #EASTERN PHOEBE was photographed at one of the tanks near mile 7 along
Redington Pass Rd on 2/7 (Paul Suchanek).

A *STREAK-BACKED ORIOLE continued at San Bernardino NWR this week (m.ob.).
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. 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.
continued along Proctor Rd this week (m.ob.).
A #RUDDY GROUND-DOVE was photographed in a Green Valley yard on 2/5 (Dick

In Hunter Canyon (, *RUFOUS-CAPPED WARBLERS continued
on 2/9 (m.ob.) in the upper canyon about 0.7 miles up the trail from the
end of Hunter Canyon Road just as the trail enters the grove of trees.
At the San Pedro House, #LOUISIANA WATERTHRUSHES continued this week
(m.ob.), they've been seen near marker #7 south of the bridge but recent
reports have also come from north of the bridge. Three were reported on
1/25 (Rob Gallucci). A #GREEN KINGFISHER continued off and on south of the
bridge (m.ob.).
A #LOUISIANA WATERTHRUSH was reported along the San Pedro north of the
Hereford Bridge on 2/9 (James Flett).
In Ramsey Canyon a #VARIED THRUSH was photographed at the first bridge
along the Bledsoe Loop Trail on 2/8 (Leon Clay). A #PACIFIC WREN continued
in the upper canyon on 2/4 (Chris Chappell) at the first stream crossing
after the overlook.

A #EURASIAN WIGEON continued at Lake Cochise by the Twin Lakes Golf Course
in Willcox this week (m.ob.).

At Patagonia Lake (annotated map:, a #GREATER SCAUP
was reported this week (m.ob.); Lesser Scaup are present as well.
#BLACK-CAPPED GNATCATCHERS continued this week (m.ob.) at the east end
along the Birding Trail.
A #GREEN KINGFISHER was photographed along Blue Haven Rd this week (Donald
Sutherland) between the Paton Center for Hummingbirds and the Patagonia-
Sonoita Creek Preserve. An interesting sapsucker –thought to be a hybrid
Red-naped Sapsucker x Red-breasted Sapsucker because of an asymmetrical
head pattern – continued in this area (m.ob.).

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.

At Pena Blanca Lake (annotated map:, a # LOUISIANA
WATERTHRUSH was reported again this week (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). Due to ongoing construction, birders are
advised to call ahead at 520-577-7341 to check on access.

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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