Date: 7/31/20 10:43 pm From: Andrew Core <tucsonrba...> Subject: [AZNMbirds] [EXT]RBA Tucson, AZ - 31 July 2020
This update of Tucson Audubon Society's Rare Bird Alert for Southeast Arizona was made on July 31, 2020; the next update will be made on August 7. 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
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SPECIES MENTIONED IN THIS REPORT: #Short-tailed Hawk *PURPLE GALLINULE #Semipalmated Sandpiper #Buff-collared Nightjar #White-eared Hummingbird #Plain-capped Starthroat #Lucifer Hummingbird *ROSE-THROATED BECARD #Black-capped Gnatcatcher *SLATE-THROATED REDSTART (unconfirmed) #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.
TUCSON area A *PURPLE GALLINULE was reported along the Santa Cruz River south of Valencia Rd on 7/27 (Roger Clark) and continued through 7/31 (m.ob.). It was seen in a gravel pit at the south end of Renaissance Dr on the west bank of the river. Map: http://ebird.org/ebird/hotspot/L2821911 A #SEMIPALMATED SANDPIPER was photographed in Marana on 7/25 (Brian Nicholas, Derik & Erin Bowen) in a flooded field south of the Marana airport on Sandario Rd., about halfway between Twin Peaks Rd and Avra Valley Rd. A second one was photographed on 7/26 (Jim & Cynthia Krakowski). A male #PAINTED BUNTING was reported Agua Caliente Park on 7/27 (Georgia Decker) and was photographed by many throughout the day. A male #PAINTED BUNTING was photographed along the Santa Cruz River at the Ina Rd. bridge on 7/28 (Andrew Core). A female #PAINTED BUNTING was photographed at the pond at Wentz and Grier Roads in Marana on 7/29 (Brian Nicholas).
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.
GRAHAM COUNTY A #SHORT-TAILED HAWK was reported again from Cunningham Loop Trail on 7/29 (Craig Wilcox, Diane Drobka).
NOGALES area #BUFF-COLLARED NIGHTJARS and #BLACK-CAPPED GNATCATCHERS continued this week (m.ob.) at the south end of California Gulch at the confluence with Warsaw Canyon. Annotated map: http://goo.gl/wSr0mi. #RUFOUS-CAPPED WARBLERS continued in Sycamore Canyon in the Pajarito Mountains (Atascosa Highlands) on 7/25 (Richard Fray et al) about 1/2 mile from the trailhead at the confluence with Montana Canyon. A #BLACK-CAPPED GNATCATCHER was reported on 7/27 (Richard Fray et al). A *SLATE-THROATED REDSTART was reported along Ruby Road about 1/2 mile east of Ruby (GPS: 31.467, -111.227) on 7/28 (Craig Fischer); documentation of this rarity would be appreciated!
BUENOS AIRES NWR #BUFF-COLLARED NIGHTJAR continued in the Brown Canyon section of Buenos Aires NWR (https://ebird.org/hotspot/L7699167) through 7/30 (Kevin McGann) 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).
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.). #PAINTED BUNTINGS were reported at the San Pedro House on 7/25 (Nick Barber) and at the Charleston Bridge on 7/28 (m.ob.). In Hunter Canyon (https://goo.gl/CR4YXm), #RUFOUS-CAPPED WARBLERS continued this week (m.ob.) 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.
PATAGONIA A #PLAIN-CAPPED STARTHROAT was reported at the Paton Center for Hummingbirds on 7/27 (Bob Perna) - though still closed, the feeders there are being maintained and some are visible from adjacent Blue Haven Road. The staff have moved many of the feeders so they can be viewed without going on to Paton's property. Again, the property is *CLOSED* but the bird can often be seen from the road. A female #PAINTED BUNTING was reported on 7/31 (Keith Kamper). A few hints for how to make your visit more enjoyable and productive: Please be courteous to the neighbors; if you need to turn around your vehicle around, continue down the road to the TNC preserve sign (about a quarter-mile) rather than using their driveways. Please park completely off the road to avoid interfering with thru traffic on Blue Heaven Road/Pennsylvania Ave. The Town Marshal patrols this road regularly. Parking is also available in Patagonia Town Park. Keep an eye on the weather – monsoon rains can quickly make the creek crossing hazardous. Remain outside the perimeter fence at all times. 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 At Patagonia Lake (annotated map: http://goo.gl/GgNvs), #BLACK-CAPPED GNATCATCHERS continued this week (m.ob.) at the east end along the Birding Trail.
PORTAL & the CHIRICAHUAS (annotated map: http://goo.gl/maps/XfXfX) #LUCIFER HUMMINGBIRDS continued in a yard in Whitetail Canyon this week (Rick Taylor). A #PAINTED BUNTING continued at the Foothills Road (aka Rodrigues yard) feeders this week (m.ob.), and #PAINTED BUNTINGS were reported in several Portal yards (m.ob.). A #LUCIFER HUMMINGBIRD was reported at the George Walker House on 7/27 and continued through 7/31 (m.ob.). A #PAINTED BUNTING was reported on 7/27 and 7/28 (Jackie Lewis).
BENSON area #RUFOUS-CAPPED WARBLERS continued on the Guindani Loop Trail at Kartchner Caverns State Park this week on 7/31 (Jerald Britten).
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. A #PAINTED BUNTING was reported in Corona de Tucson in the Santa Rita Oasis neighborhood on 7/29 (Libby Hays).
AMADO One or two #PAINTED BUNTINGS continued at the Amado STP through 7/29 (m.ob.).
BUENOS AIRES NWR Five male #PAINTED BUNTINGS were photographed at Arivaca Lake on 7/30 (Brian Nicholas).
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.