Date: 1/2/21 12:03 am
From: Andrew Core <tucsonrba...>
Subject: [AZNMbirds] [EXT]RBA Tucson, AZ - 1 January 2021
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Hello Birders,

This update of Tucson Audubon Society's Rare Bird Alert for Southeast
Arizona was made on January 1, 2021; the next update will be made on
January 8. 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

#Greater Scaup
#Ruddy Ground-Dove
#Yellow-bellied Sapsucker
#Red-breasted Sapsucker
#Eastern Phoebe
#Pacific Wren
#Rufous-backed Robin
#Louisiana Waterthrush
#Rufous-capped Warbler
#Clay-colored Sparrow
#Golden-crowned Sparrow
#Thick-billed Longspur
#Lapland Longspur

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.

A *NORTHERN JACANA continued at the Ina Rd bridge over the Santa Cruz River
through 1/1 (m.ob.). It has been seen in the channel south of the bridge,
usually in the floating vegetation next to the tall cattails; the only view
is from the pedestrian lane on the bridge itself. Parking is available just
to the south and west of the bridge. Map:
A #RUDDY GROUND-DOVE continued at Himmel Park this week (m.ob.), generally
near the library.
Two #RUDDY GROUND-DOVES continued at Jesse Owens Park on 1/1 (m.ob.).
A #YELLOW-BELLIED SAPSUCKER was reported on 12/30 (William Rockey) in
Tanque Verde Wash between Houghton & Tanque Verde Loop Rds.
Three #LAPLAND LONGSPURS were photographed at the Marana WTP on Stingray Rd
on 12/28 (Jeff Ladderud); one continued through 1/1 (m.ob.). They were
coming to the mostly dry basin north of the road and east of the main
reported on 12/27 and one or two continued through 1/1 (m.ob.). A locally
rare Baird’s Sparrow was photographed on 12/26 (Vernie Aikins).
#CLAY-COLORED SPARROWS continued at East Lawn Palms Cemetery on 12/26
(Sharon Goldwasser), La Madera Park on 12/28 (Luke Safford) and Ft Lowell
Park on 1/1 (Jeff Ladderud).

TUBAC area (annotated map:
*ROSE-THROATED BECARDS continued about 0.7 miles north of the Tubac bridge
this week (m.ob.).
At least one of the #RUDDY GROUND-DOVES continued along Santa Gertrudis
Lane through 12/27 (Caleb Gordon). They’ve been seen in the pasture/yard at
#12; several Common Ground-Doves have been present as well. A
#YELLOW-BELLIED SAPSUCKER was reported on 12/26 (Luke Safford, Tom Brown)
and was photographed on 12/28 (Curtis Smith). An #EASTERN PHOEBE was
photographed on 12/27 (Caleb Gordon). Three #RUFOUS-BACKED ROBINS continued
this week (m.ob.). Remember to park along the frontage road and walk in.
Two #RUDDY GROUND-DOVES were reported at the Tubac bridge on 12/27 (William
Higgins). A #YELLOW-BELLIED SAPSUCKER was photographed on 12/30 (Cathy
Beck), and a putative #RED-BREASTED SAPSUCKER was photographed on 12/31
(Jim & Cynthia Krakowski). An #OVENBIRD was reported again along the Anza
Trail south of the Tubac Bridge on 12/28 (Kirsten Tucker); in early
December it was about 300 yards south of the powerline cut. This is about
halfway to Clark Crossing Rd.

At Patagonia Lake (annotated map:, a #GREATER SCAUP
continued this week (m.ob.). An #EASTERN PHOEBE continued this week (m.ob.)
along the Birding Trail at the east end of the lake, and a #GOLDEN-CROWNED
SPARROW was photographed at the feeders by the trailhead on 12/31 (Larry
An #EASTERN PHOEBE was photographed and three #RUFOUS-BACKED ROBINS were
reported on 1/1 (Louie Dombroski) along Blue Haven Rd between the Paton
Center and the Patagonia-Sonoita Creek Preserve.

Up to eleven #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.
Six #RUDDY GROUND-DOVES were reported from Wheeler Road & Baumgartner and
Rds on 1/1 (Alan Pullman).

Ten #RUDDY GROUND-DOVES continued in a pecan grove along Moore Rd about a
mile north of Courtland Rd (GPS: 31.776,-109.726) on 12/27 (Robert Chapman).

PORTAL & the CHIRICAHUAS (annotated map:
A #YELLOW-BELLIED SAPSUCKER continued in a private yard on 1/1 (Rose Ann

A #YELLOW-BELLIED SAPSUCKER was photographed at Cluff Pond #3 at Cluff
Ranch WMA on 12/26 and 12/27 (Ryan O'Donnell, Stephanie Cobbold).

An #EASTERN PHOEBE was photographed in Empire Gulch on 1/1 (Katherine

At the San Pedro House, a #LOUISIANA WATERTHRUSH continued along the river
on 1/1 (m.ob.). It’s been in the usual winter spot between markers #6 and
#7 south of the bridge, but ranges up and down the river. A #PACIFIC WREN
continued through 1/1 (m.ob.) near marker #7.
In Miller Canyon, a #RUFOUS-CAPPED WARBLER was reported just past the creek
crossing (about mile 2) on 12/28 (Jarrod Swackhamer).

A #LOUISIANA WATERTHRUSH was reported again in Sycamore Canyon on 12/27
(Catie Porro).

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.


Andrew Core
SEAZ RBA Compiler - Tucson, AZ
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