Date: 7/18/20 2:09 am
From: Andrew Core <tucsonrba...>
Subject: [AZNMbirds] [EXT]RBA Tucson, AZ - 17 July 2020
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Hello Birders,

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

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 ( or
the Arizona Birding group on Facebook (

For more information about Tucson Audubon field trips, lectures and
educational opportunities, please see

#Buff-collared Nightjar
#White-eared Hummingbird
#Berylline Hummingbird
#Plain-capped Starthroat
#Lucifer Hummingbird
#Black-capped Gnatcatcher
#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:
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:
A #BERYLLINE HUMMINGBIRD continued along FR42A near the cabins and in the
South Fork of Cave Creek Canyon (m.ob.).

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
or 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 (, #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:
Multiple *ROSE-THROATED BECARDS continued about 0.7 miles north of the
Tubac bridge this week (m.ob.).
In Montosa Canyon (annotated map: #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.).

#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:
#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

#BUFF-COLLARED NIGHTJAR continued in the Brown Canyon section of Buenos
Aires NWR ( 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
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).

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:

In Florida Canyon (annotated map:, #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 &
In Madera Canyon (map:, a #BERYLLINE HUMMINGBIRD
continued at the Santa Rita Lodge this week through 7/11 (m.ob.).
continued this week through 7/17 (m.ob.).

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

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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