Date: 11/15/19 7:20 pm From: Andrew Core <tucsonrba...> Subject: [AZNMbirds] RBA Tucson, AZ - 15 November 2019
This update of Tucson Audubon Society's Rare Bird Alert for Southeast
Arizona was made on November 15, 2019; the next update will be made on
November 22. Phone your reports to 520-629-0510 X 3, or email to
rarebirdalert AT tucsonaudubon.org.
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
TUBAC area (annotated map: http://goo.gl/maps/yDqi0)
Two *ROSE-THROATED BECARDS continued on the west bank of the river about
0.1 north of the Tubac bridge this week (m.ob.).
A *ROSE-THROATED BECARD was reported at Rancho Santa Cruz on 11/15 (Jim
SANTA CRUZ FLATS
A #"HARLAN’S" RED-TAILED HAWK continued this week (m.ob.) near the
intersection of Greene Reservoir and Curry Rds.
A #RUDDY GROUND-DOVE continued on 11/10 (m.ob.) at Whitewater Draw Wildlife
Area along the dike.
SIERRA VISTA & the HUACHUCAS
At the San Pedro House, a #GREEN KINGFISHER was reported on 11/12
At Patagonia Lake State Park (annotated map: http://goo.gl/GgNvs) a
#CLAY-COLORED SPARROW was reported on 11/14 (Matt VanWallene) #BLACK-CAPPED
GNATCATCHERS continued this week (m.ob.) along the Birding Trail at the
east end of the lake.
GREEN VALLEY & the SANTA RITAS
In Florida Canyon (annotated map: http://goo.gl/AAzD6), #BLACK-CAPPED
GNATCATCHERS continued 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. It is not necessary, recommended or permissible
to enter the research station to see these birds. A #"RED" FOX SPARROW was
reported on 11/9 (Ken Blamkenship)
At Canoa Ranch Conservation Park a #CLAY-COLORED SPARROW was reported again
this week (m.ob.).
In Montosa Canyon (annotated map: http://goo.gl/8L8tv) #BLACK-CAPPED
GNATCATCHERS continued this week (m.ob.) near the culvert, upstream of the
concrete stream crossing.
A #RUFOUS-CAPPED WARBLER and two #BLACK-CAPPED GNATCATCHERS were reported
again along the Guindani Loop Trail at Kartchner Caverns State Park on
11/15 (Ken Blankenship, Allee Forsberg).
PORTAL & the CHIRICAHUAS (annotated map: http://goo.gl/maps/XfXfX)
In Portal, a #GRAY CATBIRD was reported again from a yard along West Portal
Peak Road on 11/13 (Narca Moore-Craig).
A #GRAY CATBIRD continued from Bob Rodriques's yard (
http://ebird.org/ebird/hotspot/L994658) on 11/14, and a #GOLDEN-CROWNED
SPARROW was reported on 11/13 (Bob Rodrigues).
A #PROTHONOTARY WARBLER was photographed in a yard in Whitetail Canyon on
11/10 (Rick Taylor).
A #BROWN THRASHER was photographed near the island at Roper Lake SP on
11/13 (Kelly Wright).
A #CHESTNUT-SIDED WARBLER was photographed at San Lucas Community Park in
Marana (https://ebird.org/hotspot/L10133704) on 11/9 (Andrew Core) and
continued on 11/10 (Jim Krakowski).
#RUFOUS-CAPPED WARBLERS continued in Sycamore Canyon in the Pajarito
Mountains (Atascosa Highlands) on 11/13 (Richard Fray); two have been seen
1/2 mile from the trailhead at the confluence with Montana Canyon and
another pair was further downstream just before the Upper Box area.
RAMSEY CANYON - Ramsey Canyon Preserve is closed Tuesdays and Wednesdays.
ASH CANYON B&B: open dawn to dusk EXCEPT Thursday, 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
https://www.dhs.gov/real-id-public-faqs 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: under construction, access uncertain. 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 (usually
weekends), 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.