Date: 1/2/21 12:03 am From: Andrew Core <tucsonrba...> Subject: [AZNMbirds] [EXT]RBA Tucson, AZ - 1 January 2021
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 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: #Greater Scaup *NORTHERN JACANA #Ruddy Ground-Dove #Yellow-bellied Sapsucker #Red-breasted Sapsucker #Eastern Phoebe *ROSE-THROATED BECARD #Pacific Wren #Rufous-backed Robin #Ovenbird #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.
TUCSON area 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: https://www.google.com/maps/d/edit?mid=1b_o0qqVmUwmZQi7U7uuiz5CdgWY 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 plant. Seven #THICK-BILLED LONGSPURS (i.e., MCCOWN’S LONGSPURS) were 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: http://goo.gl/maps/yDqi0) *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.
PATAGONIA At Patagonia Lake (annotated map: http://goo.gl/GgNvs), 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 Schmahl).. 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.
SANTA CRUZ FLATS 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).
WILLCOX 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: http://goo.gl/maps/XfXfX) A #YELLOW-BELLIED SAPSUCKER continued in a private yard on 1/1 (Rose Ann Rowlett).
GRAHAM COUNTY 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).
SONOITA & LAS CIENEGAS NCA An #EASTERN PHOEBE was photographed in Empire Gulch on 1/1 (Katherine Cudney).
SIERRA VISTA & the HUACHUCAS 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).
NOGALES area A #LOUISIANA WATERTHRUSH was reported again in Sycamore Canyon on 12/27 (Catie Porro).
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.