Date: 7/6/18 11:22 am
From: Andrew Core <tucsonrba...>
Subject: [AZNMbirds] RBA Tucson, AZ - 6 July 2018
Hello Birders,

This update of Tucson Audubon Society's Rare Bird Alert for Southeast
Arizona was made on July 6, 2018; the next update will be made on July 13.
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

#White-eared Hummingbird
#Lucifer Hummingbird
#Black-capped Gnatcatcher

*BUFF-COLLARED NIGHTJARS continued in the Brown Canyon section of Buenos
Aires NWR on 7/4 (Brian Nicholas) – for details regarding access please
contact the refuge headquarters.

In upper Ramsey Canyon, a *TROPICAL PARULA continued through 6/30 (Ken
Murphy). It has been seen and heard singing between the overlook and the
first stream crossing. The pair of *TUFTED FLYCATCHERS continued this week
through 7/5 (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 6/30 (Tom Benson), 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.
#LUCIFER HUMMINGBIRDS continued at Ash Canyon B&B this week (m.ob.).
A male #WHITE-EARED HUMMINGBIRD continued in Miller Canyon this week
(m.ob.); a #LUCIFER HUMMINGBIRD was reported on 7/5 (m.ob.).

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.

PORTAL & the CHIRICAHUAS (annotated map:
Several #LUCIFER HUMMINGBIRDS continued on 7/4 (Rick Taylor) in a yard in
Whitetail Canyon.

continued along Proctor Rd this week (m.ob.).
In Montosa Canyon (annotated map: a #BLACK-CAPPED
GNATCATCHER continued this week on 7/1 (Cathy Beck) near the culvert,
upstream of the concrete stream crossing.
continued on 7/3 (Tim Helentjaris); Five-striped Sparrows continued as
well. High clearance is recommended for the rough road in.

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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