Date: 11/29/19 1:18 pm
From: Andrew Core <tucsonrba...>
Subject: [AZNMbirds] RBA Tucson, AZ - 29 November 2019
Hello Birders,

This update of Tucson Audubon Society's Rare Bird Alert for Southeast
Arizona was made on November 29, 2019; the next update will be made on
December 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

#Red-throated Loon
#"Harlan's" Red-tailed Hawk
#Heermann's Gull
#Ruddy Ground-Dove
#Eastern Phoebe
#Pacific Wren
#Black-capped Gnatcatcher
#Gray Catbird
#Louisiana Waterthrush
#Rufous-capped Warbler

TUBAC area (annotated map:
Two *ROSE-THROATED BECARDS continued on the west bank of the river about
0.1 north of the Tubac bridge this week (m.ob.).

At Patagonia Lake State Park (annotated map: a
#RED-THROATED LOON was photographed on 11/22 (Cathy Beck) and continued
through 11/28 (m.ob.). #BLACK-CAPPED GNATCATCHERS continued this week
(m.ob.) along the Birding Trail at the east end of the lake. A #GREATER
SCAUP was reported on 11/27 (Craig Robson, Heidi Doman).

A #"HARLAN’S" RED-TAILED HAWK was reported on 11/27 (Max Leibowitz) near
the intersection of Sunshine Blvd and Philips Rd.

Two #HEERMANN’S GULLS were reported at the Ajo STP on 11/29 (Doug Backlund).

At the San Pedro House, a #RUDDY GROUND-DOVE continued this week through
11/25 (m.ob.). A #LOUISIANA WATERTHRUSH continued this week (m.ob.) between
markers #6 and #7 south of the bridge.

An #EASTERN PHOEBE was photographed on 11/23 (Thomas Brown, Ken Cooper) in
Las Cienegas NCA along the road a few hundred yards south of the Empire
Gulch ranch complex.

A #PACIFIC WREN was photographed and recorded at Sycamore Reservoir on Mt.
Lemmon on 11/27 (Paul Suchanek) and continued on 11/28 (Tim Burkhardt);
this is about a 4 mile roundtrip hike from Gordon Hirabayashi Recreation
Area (
A #"HARLAN’S" RED-TAILED HAWK was reported in Marana at Trico Rd and Wentz
Rd on 11/27 (Tim Burkhardt).

In Florida Canyon (annotated map:, #RUFOUS-CAPPED
WARBLERS continued through 11/24 (m.ob.) in the West Fork near the dam.
Directions: About 400 yards from parking lot is a metal gate, and just past
the gate the canyon forks. The main trail follows the East Fork, but most
sightings have been in the West Fork to the right. About 125 yards up the
rough trail in the West Fork is a large water tank and a low dam. The oak
grove is about 1/3 mile past the dam. Note: The trail for the West Fork can
be difficult to find, and is steep and rough in places. If you see the sign
with distances to Florida Saddle, Madera Canyon, etc you've missed the
turn. It is not necessary, recommended or permissible to enter the research
station to see these birds. #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 &

A #RUFOUS-CAPPED WARBLER continued on the Guindani Loop Trail at Kartchner
Caverns State Park this week on 11/27 (m.ob.).

PORTAL & the CHIRICAHUAS (annotated map:
In Portal, a #GRAY CATBIRD continued from Bob Rodrigues's yard ( on 11/25 (Bob Rodrigues). Another
#GRAY CATBIRD was reported again from a yard along West Portal Peak Road on
11/25 (Narca Moore-Craig).

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 6:30-9:00am 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 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 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.


Good birding!

Andrew Core
SEAZ RBA Compiler - Tucson, AZ

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