Date: 6/29/18 9:58 pm
From: Andrew Core <tucsonrba...>
Subject: [AZNMbirds] RBA Tucson, AZ - 29 June 2018
Hello Birders,

This update of Tucson Audubon Society's Rare Bird Alert for Southeast
Arizona was made on June 29, 2018; the next update will be made on July 6.
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

#Little Blue Heron
#White-eared Hummingbird
#Lucifer Hummingbird
#Green Kingfisher
*TUFTED FLYCATCHER (no new reports this week)
#Black-capped Gnatcatcher
*RUFOUS-CAPPED WARBLER (no new reports this week)
#Painted Bunting

*BUFF-COLLARED NIGHTJARS continued this week on 6/28 (Tom Benson) at the
south end of California Gulch at the confluence with Warsaw Canyon.
Annotated map:
A #PAINTED BUNTING was photographed in a Rio Rico yard on 6/23 (Ron Batie).

*BUFF-COLLARED NIGHTJARS continued in the Brown Canyon section of Buenos
Aires NWR on 6/25 (Brian Nicholas) and 6/28 (Timothy Burkhardt) – for
details regarding access please contact the refuge headquarters.

In upper Ramsey Canyon, a *TROPICAL PARULA continued through 6/28 (Maurice
DeMille). It has been seen and heard singing between the overlook and the
first stream crossing. The pair of *TUFTED FLYCATCHERS was last reported on
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 6/25 (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: Ramsey Canyon Preserve is
closed Tuesdays and Wednesdays.
In Hunter Canyon (, *RUFOUS-CAPPED WARBLERS continued
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 of trees.
#LUCIFER HUMMINGBIRDS continued at Ash Canyon B&B this week (m.ob.).
A male #WHITE-EARED HUMMINGBIRD was reported from Miller Canyon on 6/29
(Tom Benson).

TUBAC area (annotated map:
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.
Two #GREEN KINGFISHERS were reported along the Anza Trail in Tubac and at
Santa Gertrudis Lane on 6/28 and 6/29 (m.ob.).

PORTAL & the CHIRICAHUAS (annotated map:
A *SLATE-THROATED REDSTART continued in Pinery Canyon in the area just
downhill from the campground this week through 6/24 (Georgia Conti). 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.
6/26 (Rick Taylor) in a yard in Whitetail Canyon.

A #LITTLE BLUE HERON continued at Lake Cochise by the Twin Lakes Golf
Course in Willcox on 6/24 (Eric Hough).

A #LUCIFER HUMMINGBIRD was reported in Box Canyon on 6/25 (Brian Nicholas)
and continued 6/27 (Cathy Beck) about 6.7 miles east of Madera Canyon Rd.
Five-striped Sparrows continued in nearly the same spot this week (m.ob.) –
look for a large agave stalk propped up against a yellow reflective marker.
This is the same spot both species were seen last year.
continued along Proctor Rd this week (m.ob.).
In Montosa Canyon (annotated map: a #BLACK-CAPPED
GNATCATCHER continued this week on 6/27 (Tim Helentjaris) near the culvert,
upstream of the concrete stream crossing.

A #LUCIFER HUMMINGBIRD continued on 6/1 (Pete Siminski) on the Guindani
Loop Trail at Kartchner Caverns State Park.

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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