Date: 7/24/20 10:35 pm
From: Andrew Core <tucsonrba...>
Subject: [AZNMbirds] [EXT]RBA Tucson, AZ - 24 July 2020
External Email

Hello Birders,

This update of Tucson Audubon Society's Rare Bird Alert for Southeast
Arizona was made on July 24, 2020; the next update will be made on July 31.
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
at and recent rarity
photos can be seen at

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

#Reddish Egret
#Short-tailed Hawk
#Buff-collared Nightjar
#White-eared Hummingbird
#Berylline Hummingbird
#Plain-capped Starthroat
#Lucifer Hummingbird
#Green Kingfisher
#Black-capped Gnatcatcher
#Gray Catbird
#Louisiana Waterthrush
#Rufous-capped Warbler
#Painted Bunting

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.

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 #REDDISH EGRET was photographed along Big Sky Ave north of Pearce Rd on
11/26 (Doug Jenness). Later in the day it was seen near Sunland Gin Rd &
Pearce Rd (Dave Stejskal).

#SHORT-TAILED HAWKS were reported from three different locations on 7/18 -
Cunningham Loop Trail (Craig Wilcox), Ash Creek/Columbine area (Chrissy
Kondrat-Smith, Noah Smith, Sydney Smith) and Riggs Lake (Eric Hough).
A #LUCIFER HUMMINGBIRD was photographed in CN Wash (GPS: 32.568, -109.818)
near Stockton Pass on 7/19 (Caleb Strand, Ryan O'Donnell), apparently a
first for the county.

#BUFF-COLLARED NIGHTJAR continued in the Brown Canyon section of Buenos
Aires NWR ( through 7/19 (Matthew
Christiansen) 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).

PORTAL & the CHIRICAHUAS (annotated map:
A #WHITE-EARED HUMMINGBIRD was reported again in a Portal yard 7/21 (Rose
Ann Rowlett), and a female-type #PAINTED BUNTING was seen on 7/18 through
A #BERYLLINE HUMMINGBIRD continued along FR42A near the cabins and in the
South Fork of Cave Creek Canyon (m.ob.).
#LUCIFER HUMMINGBIRDS continued in a yard in Whitetail Canyon this week,
and a #LOUISIANA WATERTHRUSH and a #PAINTED BUNTING were photographed on
7/19 (Rick Taylor), the bunting continuing on 7/22.
A female-type #PAINTED BUNTING was reported at the Foothills Road (aka
Rodrigues yard) feeders on 7/21 (Bob Rodrigues).

In Miller Canyon, a #WHITE-EARED HUMMINGBIRD continued this week (m.ob.).
#RUFOUS-CAPPED WARBLERS continued this week (m.ob.) near Split Rock (about
a mile from the parking area).
#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.).
A #GREEN KINGFISHER was reported at the Hereford Bridge over the San Pedro
on 7/24 (Elizabeth & Christine Young).
#PAINTED BUNTINGS were reported in several yards in the foothills this
week, all males: 7/18 (Chris Harbard), 7/19 and 7/20 (Bob Behrstock), and
7/22 (Brad Clemens).

A #PLAIN-CAPPED STARTHROAT continued on 7/18 (m.ob.) at Dave & Jan Clark’s
house in Patagonia but has not been reported since. This is not far from
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:

Loop Trail at Kartchner Caverns State Park this week on 7/23 (Peter

#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.
continued this week through 7/18 (m.ob.). A #GRAY CATBIRD was photographed
on 7/18 (Susan Sferra) near the dam (GPS: 31.799, -110.777)

A #PAINTED BUNTING was photographed at the Amado STP on 7/24 (Eric Kallen)
and continued throughout the afternoon (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. Sometimes, foreign nationals are required to have 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: a REAL
ID is required for entry; some state driver's licenses qualify; 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
Home Page:
To unsubscribe use the Unsubscribe button on that page.
To view archive: click "Archive" on that page.
Join us on Facebook!