Date: 7/18/20 2:09 am From: Andrew Core <tucsonrba...> Subject: [AZNMbirds] [EXT]RBA Tucson, AZ - 17 July 2020
This update of Tucson Audubon Society's Rare Bird Alert for Southeast Arizona was made on July 17, 2020; the next update will be made on July 24. 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: #Buff-collared Nightjar #White-eared Hummingbird #Berylline Hummingbird #Plain-capped Starthroat #Lucifer Hummingbird *ROSE-THROATED BECARD #Black-capped Gnatcatcher *CRESCENT-CHESTED WARBLER *TROPICAL PARULA #Rufous-capped Warbler
ACCESS NOTE: Many areas remain closed due to COVID19, such as the Paton Center for Hummingbirds in Patagonia and Nature Conservancy properties (i.e., Ramsey Canyon, Patagonia-Sonoita Creek) and Ft Huachuca is only issuing new passes to local residents. If in doubt, call ahead.
PORTAL & the CHIRICAHUAS (annotated map: http://goo.gl/maps/XfXfX) For the fourth week in row there was only a single report of the *CRESCENT-CHESTED WARBLERS in Morse Canyon, a single bird early on 7/11 (m.ob.). Map: https://ebird.org/hotspot/L5495120. A #BERYLLINE HUMMINGBIRD continued along FR42A near the cabins and in the South Fork of Cave Creek Canyon (m.ob.).
SIERRA VISTA & the HUACHUCAS In upper Ramsey Canyon, a *TROPICAL PARULA continued on 7/11 (Alexander Harper) near the Crest Trail junction. NOTE: Ramsey Canyon Preserve is currently closed and access to this area is only from Brown Canyon or Carr Canyon – long, strenuous hikes. See https://www.facebook.com/groups/arizonabirding/permalink/3047564585330975/ or https://hikearizona.com/map.php?QX=9377 for more details. In Miller Canyon, a #WHITE-EARED HUMMINGBIRD continued this week (m.ob.). #LUCIFER HUMMINGBIRDS continued at Ash Canyon Bird Sanctuary (m.ob.). and in several yards on the east flank of the Huachucas this week (m.ob.). In Carr Canyon, a #WHITE-EARED HUMMINGBIRD was reported again along the Comfort Spring Trail on 7/13 (David Palmer). In Hunter Canyon (https://goo.gl/CR4YXm), #RUFOUS-CAPPED WARBLERS were photographed again on 7/17 (Clayton Stransky), the first report in a while. In the past they’ve been seen 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.
TUBAC area (annotated map: http://goo.gl/maps/yDqi0) Multiple *ROSE-THROATED BECARDS continued about 0.7 miles north of the Tubac bridge 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 #GREEN KINGFISHER continued along the Santa Cruz River between Santa Gertrudis Lane and Clark Crossing Rd this week (m.ob.).
NOGALES area #BUFF-COLLARED NIGHTJARS continued this week (m.ob.) at the south end of California Gulch at the confluence with Warsaw Canyon. A #BLACK-CAPPED GNATCATCHER was reported on 7/13 (m.ob.). Annotated map: http://goo.gl/wSr0mi. #RUFOUS-CAPPED WARBLERS were reported again in Sycamore Canyon in the Pajarito Mountains (Atascosa Highlands) on 7/17 (Luke Safford, Thomas Brown) about 1/2 mile from the trailhead at the confluence with Montana Canyon.
BUENOS AIRES NWR #BUFF-COLLARED NIGHTJAR continued in the Brown Canyon section of Buenos Aires NWR (https://ebird.org/hotspot/L7699167) through 7/4 (Stephanie Secic) on the publicly accessible (east) side of the gate. There are three cattle guards on Brown Canyon Rd (#102) leading up to the security gate, which is 3.5 miles from Hwy 286. In past years the best location for hearing a nightjar is between the third cattle guard and the gate but they have been heard at all three cattle guards. Photo opportunities may be limited as the better habitat is not adjacent to public access along Rd 102 (see map here https://drive.google.com/file/d/1QeU5ec7Kr0oknsozu-yHfw2RzQKnBVsL/view?usp=sharing ). Another area is along BANWR Rd 148 (high clearance recommended) – the turnoff is just before the first cattle guard. DO NOT ACCESS BY FOOT OR BY VEHICLE- the private land holding north of Rd 102 as shown on the map (between cattle guards #1 and #2). DO NOT ENTER the roads leading to the coral and watering facility. Faded signs indicating “Stay Out” are posted but could be easily missed. Access to State Trust Land must be done with proper state permits. For details regarding access to the restricted area (west of the gate) contact the refuge headquarters (520.823.4251 ext 101).
PATAGONIA A #PLAIN-CAPPED STARTHROAT was reported on 7/16 (Dave & Jan Clark) and was photographed on 7/17 (m.ob.). The Clarks live at 407 Sheard Dr – visitors are welcome. The feeder is in the backyard and not visible from the road. If they aren’t there to welcome you, there is a gate to the left - close the gate behind you to keep the friendly dog where it belongs! If the bird wanders, this is about 1/2 mile northeast of the Paton Center - though still closed, the feeders there are being maintained and some are visible from adjacent Blue Haven Road. A #RUFOUS-CAPPED WARBLER continued along Blue Haven Rd this week (m.ob.) between the Paton Center for Hummingbirds and the Patagonia- Sonoita Creek Preserve. Patagonia-Sonoita Creek Preserve annotated map: http://goo.gl/maps/0pXsd
GREEN VALLEY & the SANTA RITAS In Florida Canyon (annotated map: http://goo.gl/AAzD6), #RUFOUS-CAPPED WARBLERS continued this week (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 & 62A. In Madera Canyon (map: http://goo.gl/dXBYP), a #BERYLLINE HUMMINGBIRD continued at the Santa Rita Lodge this week through 7/11 (m.ob.). In Box Canyon (map: http://bit.ly/BoxCanyonAZ), #LUCIFER HUMMINGBIRDS continued this week through 7/17 (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/visitor-information. 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.