Date: 11/22/19 11:16 am From: Andrew Core <tucsonrba...> Subject: [AZNMbirds] RBA Tucson, AZ - 22 November 2019
This update of Tucson Audubon Society's Rare Bird Alert for Southeast Arizona was made on November 22, 2019; the next update will be made on November 29. 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 at http://www.azfo.org/gallery/1main/whatIsABC.html.
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SPECIES MENTIONED IN THIS REPORT INCLUDE: *BRANT #Surf Scoter #Red Phalarope *POMARINE JAEGER #Ruddy Ground-Dove #Green Kingfisher *ROSE-THROATED BECARD #Black-capped Gnatcatcher #Gray Catbird #Louisiana Waterthrush
GRAHAM COUNTY A *POMARINE JAEGER and two *BRANT were photographed at Roper Lake SP on 11/21 (Kelly Wright).
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 #GREEN KINGFISHER was photographed along the Anza Trail south of Santa Gertrudis Lane on 11/19 (Cathy Beck). Remember to park along the frontage road and walk in.
PATAGONIA At Patagonia Lake State Park (annotated map: http://goo.gl/GgNvs) two #SURF SCOTERS and a #RED PHALAROPE were photographed on 11/21 (Bill Lisowsky) near the beach; another #RED PHALAROPE was photographed at the east end (Jim & Cynthia Krakowski). #BLACK-CAPPED GNATCATCHERS continued this week (m.ob.) along the Birding Trail at the east end of the lake. A #BLACK-CAPPED GNATCATCHER was photographed at the Patagonia Roadside Rest Area on 11/19 (Peter Siminski).
AMADO A #RED PHALAROPE was reported at the Amado STP on 11/21 (Diane Holsinger) and continued throughout the afternoon (m.ob.).
SIERRA VISTA & the HUACHUCAS At the San Pedro House, a #RUDDY GROUND-DOVE continued this week; a second bird was reported on 11/19 (m.ob.) and both continued through 11/21 (m.ob.). A #LOUISIANA WATERTHRUSH continued this week (m.ob.) between markers #6 and #7 south of the bridge.
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.
BENSON area A #BLACK-CAPPED GNATCATCHER continued on the Guindani Loop Trail at Kartchner Caverns State Park this week on 11/18 (m.ob.).
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 https://home.army.mil/huachuca/index.php/about/Garrison/DES/physical-security/access-control. 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.