Date: 7/24/20 10:35 pm From: Andrew Core <tucsonrba...> Subject: [AZNMbirds] [EXT]RBA Tucson, AZ - 24 July 2020
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 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 and recent rarity photos can be seen at http://www.azfo.net/gallery/1main/photos_recent.html
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: 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.
SANTA CRUZ FLATS 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).
GRAHAM COUNTY #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.
BUENOS AIRES NWR #BUFF-COLLARED NIGHTJAR continued in the Brown Canyon section of Buenos Aires NWR (https://ebird.org/hotspot/L7699167) 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 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).
PORTAL & the CHIRICAHUAS (annotated map: http://goo.gl/maps/XfXfX) 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 7/21. 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).
SIERRA VISTA & the HUACHUCAS 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).
PATAGONIA 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: http://goo.gl/maps/0pXsd
BENSON area #RUFOUS-CAPPED WARBLERS and #LUCIFER HUMMINGBIRDS continued on the Guindani Loop Trail at Kartchner Caverns State Park this week on 7/23 (Peter Siminski).
GREEN VALLEY & the SANTA RITAS #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 Box Canyon (map: http://bit.ly/BoxCanyonAZ), #LUCIFER HUMMINGBIRDS 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)
AMADO A #PAINTED BUNTING was photographed at the Amado STP on 7/24 (Eric Kallen) and continued throughout the afternoon (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. 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 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.