Date: 6/23/18 10:53 am From: Andrew Core <tucsonrba...> Subject: [AZNMbirds] RBA Tucson, AZ - 23 June 2018
This update of Tucson Audubon Society's Rare Bird Alert for Southeast
Arizona was made on June 23, 2018; the next update will be made on June 29.
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
For more information about Tucson Audubon field trips, lectures and
educational opportunities, please see www.tucsonaudubon.org.
SPECIES MENTIONED IN THIS REPORT INCLUDE:
#Little Blue Heron
*BUFF-COLLARED NIGHTJARS and #BLACK-CAPPED GNATCATCHERS continued this week
(m.ob.) at the south end of California Gulch at the confluence with Warsaw
Canyon. Annotated map: http://goo.gl/wSr0mi A #PAINTED BUNTING was photographed in a Rio Rico yard on 6/23 (Ron Batie).
BUENOS AIRES NWR
*BUFF-COLLARED NIGHTJARS were reported again in the Brown Canyon section of
Buenos Aires NWR on 6/18 (Brian Nicholas) – for details regarding access
please contact the refuge headquarters.
SIERRA VISTA & the HUACHUCAS
In upper Ramsey Canyon, a *TROPICAL PARULA continued through 6/21 (m.ob.).
It has been seen and heard singing between the overlook and the first
stream crossing. A pair of *TUFTED FLYCATCHERS continued this week through
6/20 (m.ob.). The flycatchers are being seen about 2.5 miles up the Hamburg
Trail from the Ramsey Canyon Preserve Visitor Center, near the junction
with the Comfort Springs Trail (about 0.8 mile past the Brown Canyon trail
junction). A *FLAME-COLORED TANAGER continued in the same area this week
through 6/22 (m.ob.), the tanager being seen near the first stream
crossing. This is an occasionally steep 5 mile round trip hike at 6,000 ft
elevation to reach this location; take plenty of water (several quarts) and
be prepared for very hot dry days or sudden monsoon storm activity. The map
here shows the location: https://goo.gl/aMh1ke Ramsey Canyon Preserve is
closed Tuesdays and Wednesdays.
In Hunter Canyon (https://goo.gl/CR4YXm), *RUFOUS-CAPPED WARBLERS continued
this week through 6/18 (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
#LUCIFER HUMMINGBIRDS continued at Ash Canyon B&B this week (m.ob.).
A #HOODED WARBLER was photographed in upper Garden Canyon about 0.1 mile
before the parking lot for Sawmill Canyon on 6/19 (Arlene Ripley).
TUBAC area (annotated map: http://goo.gl/maps/yDqi0)
At least one pair of *ROSE-THROATED BECARDS continued north of the Tubac
bridge this week (m.ob.); one pair is 1/4 mile north and the other about
3/4 mile from the bridge.
PORTAL & the CHIRICAHUAS (annotated map: http://goo.gl/maps/XfXfX)
A *SLATE-THROATED REDSTART continued in Pinery Canyon in the area just
downhill from the campground this week through 6/17 (George Wood). This is
the same place as the 2016 and 2017 birds and is about 2.4 miles west of
Onion Saddle (and, from the west, 9.4 miles east of the turnoff) where a
small, mostly dry creek crosses under the road. Please view from the road,
as the bird(s) may try to nest again.
A #WHITE-EARED HUMMINGBIRD and four #LUCIFER HUMMINGBIRDS continued on 6/18
(Rick Taylor) in a yard in Whitetail Canyon.
A #BERYLLINE HUMMINGBIRD was reported at the George Walker House in
Paradise on 6/20 (Jackie Lewis).
WILLCOX & the SULPHUR SPRINGS VALLEY
A #LITTLE BLUE HERON was reported at Lake Cochise by the Twin Lakes Golf
Course in Willcox on 6/17 (Rick Taylor) and continued through 6/22 (m.ob.).
A #LEAST TERN was photographed on 6/22 (Rob Bowker).
#BLACK-CAPPED GNATCATCHERS continued along Blue Haven Rd at the Geoffrey
Platt Trailhead on 6/17 (Cathy Beck).
GREEN VALLEY & the SANTA RITAS
In Madera Canyon (map: http://goo.gl/dXBYP), #BLACK-CAPPED GNATCATCHERS
continued along Proctor Rd this week (m.ob.).
#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.
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
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.
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, CORONA DE TUCSON WRF, and NOGALES STP: Closed.