Date: 11/21/20 1:10 am
From: Andrew Core <tucsonrba...>
Subject: [AZNMbirds] [EXT]RBA Tucson, AZ - 20 November 2020
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Hello Birders,

This update of Tucson Audubon Society's Rare Bird Alert for Southeast
Arizona was made on November 20, 2020; the next update will be made on
November 27. 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

#Surf Scoter
#"Harlan's" Red-tailed Hawk
#Ruddy Ground-Dove
#White-eared Hummingbird
#Green Kingfisher
#Yellow-bellied Sapsucker
#Red-breasted Sapsucker
#Eastern Phoebe
#Black-capped Gnatcatcher
#Rufous-backed Robin
#Brown Thrasher
#Tennessee Warbler
#Black-throated Blue Warbler
#Worm-eating Warbler
#Louisiana Waterthrush
#Rufous-capped Warbler
#Clay-colored Sparrow
#Golden-crowned Sparrow
#Thick-billed Longspur
#Streak-backed Oriole

ACCESS NOTE: Many areas remain closed due to COVID19 (such as the Paton
Center for Hummingbirds in Patagonia) and Ft Huachuca is only issuing new
passes to local residents. If in doubt, call ahead.

PORTAL & the CHIRICAHUAS (annotated map:
A *FIELD SPARROW was photographed in a private Portal yard on 11/17 (Lori
Conrad, Jim Hengeveld).
One of the *EARED QUETZALS (the male) continued this week, but has moved –
it is now being seen about 150 up the canyon from Stewart Campground
through 11/20 (m.ob.). The female has not been seen for at least a week.
A #YELLOW-BELLIED SAPSUCKER continued in a Portal yard on 11/20 (Rose Ann

TUBAC area (annotated map:
A *FIELD SPARROW was photographed along the Anza trail south of Santa
Gertrudis Lane the 3/4 mile south of the crossing on 11/19 (Nick Moore),
coming in for a drink just past the frontage road bridge adjacent to the
trail. Two #BLACK-CAPPED GNATCATCHERS were reported here on 11/20 (m.ob.),
and a #YELLOW-BELLIED SAPSUCKER was about 1/4 mile south of the crossing.
Up to three #RUDDY GROUND-DOVES continued along Santa Gertrudis Lane this
week (m.ob.). They’ve been seen in the pasture/yard at #12; several Common
Ground-Doves have been present as well. Remember to park along the frontage
road and walk in.
De Anza Trail in Tubac on 11/19 (Dave Stejskal).
A #STREAK-BACKED ORIOLE continued in Tubac on 11/20 (m.ob.); see for access. It has also been seen in the small
park where you can park. Please respect private property in this small
Two #RUDDY GROUND-DOVES continued at Rancho Santa Cruz on 11/20 (Cathy

A *FIELD SPARROW was photographed at Whitewater Draw Wildlife Area near the
observation deck on 11/20 (Susan Rogers). An #EASTERN PHOEBE was reported
and a #RUDDY GROUND-DOVE continued on 11/16 (Larry Norris).

A *NORTHERN JACANA continued at the Ina Rd bridge over the Santa Cruz River
through 11/20 (m.ob.). It has been seen in the channel south of the bridge,
usually in the floating vegetation next to the tall cattails; best (and
perhaps only) viewing is on the bridge itself from the pedestrian lane.
Parking is available just to the south and west of the bridge. A #RUDDY
GROUND-DOVE was reported south of the bridge on 11/14 (Scott Olmstead).
The Himmel Park #RUDDY GROUND-DOVE flock grew to five birds this week
(m.ob.), generally near the library. A #GOLDEN-CROWNED SPARROW was reported
on 11/19 (Lindsay Willrick ), and was reported again on 11/20 (m.ob.)
generally in the southwest section near the pool.
Three #RUDDY GROUND-DOVES continued at Fort Lowell Park this week (m.ob.),
and a #CLAY-COLORED SPARROW continued through 11/18 (Bill Scott).
A #TENNESSEE WARBLER continued at Sweetwater Wetlands on 11/16 (Derik
Bowen). A #YELLOW-BELLIED SAPSUCKER was reported on 11/18 and continued
through 1120 (m.ob.).
Another #TENNESSEE WARBLER was photographed about 100 yards north of the
Camino del Cerro bridge over the Santa Cruz River on 11/15 (Ethan Beasley).
A #BROWN THRASHER was photographed at the Desert Trails RV Park in Avra
Valley on 11/16 and continued through 11/19 (Judy White). A #RUFOUS-BACKED
ROBIN was photographed in an Avra Valley yard on 11/19 (Andra Doherty).
A #BLACK-THROATED BLUE WARBLER continued north of the Twin Peaks Rd bridge
on 11/16 (m.ob.). A #WORM-EATING WARBLER was reported on 11/20 (Thomas
Love). Both were seen from the east bank about a half mile north of the
bridge, about 100 yards south of the powerlines. Parking is available on
Tiffany Loop Rd. near the Groome Transportation hub.

A #SURF SCOTER was photographed at Parker Canyon Lake on 11/20 (Peter
Siminski, David Palmer).

A #"HARLAN'S" RED-TAILED HAWK continued near the intersection of Curry and
Green Reservoir Rds 11/14 (Doug Jenness).
Up to 4 #RUDDY GROUND-DOVES continued at the Red Rock feedlot on Sasco Rd
this week (m.ob.). They have been seen in the feedlot and with the Inca
Doves on the northwest side.
#THICK-BILLED LONGSPURS (i.e., MCCOWN'S LONGSPURS) were reported again at
the Evergreen Turf Sod Farm at Tweedy & Pretzer on 11/14 (m.ob.). Friendly
reminder: 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.

Two #RUDDY GROUND-DOVES were reported at Kino Springs between the ponds and
the clubhouse on 11/17 (Peter Siminski).
A #RUDDY GROUND-DOVE was photographed in a Rio Rico yard on 11/15 (Ron
A #LOUISIANA WATERTHRUSH continued in Sycamore Canyon on 11/14 (m.ob.).

A #WHITE-EARED HUMMINGBIRD continued at the Ramsey Canyon Inn on 11/15
At the San Pedro House, a #LOUISIANA WATERTHRUSH was reported this week on
9/13 (m.ob.); the usual spot in the winter is between markers #6 and #7
south of the bridge.

A #RUFOUS-BACKED ROBIN continued in a yard in Willcox on 11/20 (Max
Jarrett). Visitors are welcome, call Max at 520-384-3004. Leave a message
and they'll call you back.

A #YELLOW-BELLIED SAPSUCKER continued at the Ajo Country Club on 11/16
(Roger Uzun).

In Florida Canyon (annotated map:, a putative
#RED-BREASTED SAPSUCKER continued through 11/20 (m.ob.). #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 along Proctor Rd (m.ob.).
A #CLAY-COLORED SPARROW was photographed at Quail Creek Veterans Municipal
Park on 11/17 (Laurens Halsey).

At Patagonia Lake (annotated map:, an #EASTERN PHOEBE
was reported on 11/20 (Gregg Gorton) along the Birding Trail at the east
end of the lake.
A #BLACK-CAPPED GNATCATCHER continued this week (m.ob.) along Blue Haven Rd
between the Paton Center and the Patagonia-Sonoita Creek Preserve.

At Arivaca Lake, a #YELLOW-BELLIED SAPSUCKER was reported on 11/19 (Gavin
Bieber); an #EASTERN PHOEBE continued on 11/19 (Tom Brown).

A #RUFOUS-CAPPED WARBLER was reported in the traditional location of the
upper spring in French Joe Canyon on 11/17 (Tim Helentjaris).

A #THICK-BILLED LONGSPUR (i.e., McCown’s Longspur) was reported in the San
Rafael Valley on 11/14 (m.ob.). GPS: 31.384,-110.578

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
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