Date: 1/9/21 1:16 am
From: Andrew Core <tucsonrba...>
Subject: [AZNMbirds] [EXT]RBA Tucson, AZ - 8 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 8, 2021; the next update will be made on
January 15. 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
#"Harlan's" Red-tailed Hawk
#Ruddy Ground-Dove
#Green Kingfisher
#Yellow-bellied Sapsucker
#Red-breasted Sapsucker
#Eastern Phoebe
#Rufous-backed Robin
#Louisiana Waterthrush
#Clay-colored Sparrow
#Harris's Sparrow
#Thick-billed Longspur
#Lapland Longspur
#Purple Finch

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 1/8 (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:
Two #RUDDY GROUND-DOVES continued at Jesse Owens Park through 1/7 (m.ob.).
A #RUDDY GROUND-DOVE and #CLAY-COLORED SPARROW continued at Ft Lowell Park
this week (m.ob.).
A #RUDDY GROUND-DOVE was photographed at Sweetwater Wetlands on 1/2 (Mark
Pecha), and a #YELLOW-BELLIED SAPSUCKER was reported on 1/2 (Gavin Bieber).
LONGSPURS) continued at the Marana WTP on Stingray Rd through 1/8 (m.ob.).
They were coming to the mostly dry basin north of the road and east of the
main plant. A Chestnut-collared Longspur has been intermittently reported
as well. A #HARRIS’S SPARROW was photographed nearby on Hardin Rd just
north of the plant on 1/3 (Roger Clark) and continued through 1/8 (m.ob.).
Two cottonwoods are at the north end of the ditch; it has been seen at the
south end near the pump. This is private property so park along Hardin Rd.
eBird hotspot:
A #CLAY-COLORED SPARROWS continued at East Lawn Palms Cemetery this week

TUBAC area (annotated map:
*ROSE-THROATED BECARDS continued about 0.7 miles north of the Tubac bridge
this week (m.ob.).
Up to four #RUFOUS-BACKED ROBINS continued along the Anza Trail at Santa
Gertrudis Lane this week (m.ob.). A #YELLOW-BELLIED SAPSUCKER continued
through 1/7 (Eric Kallen). Remember to park along the frontage road and
walk in.
A #YELLOW-BELLIED SAPSUCKER was reported again at Clark Crossing Rd on
1/3-1/4 (m.ob.).
A #GREEN KINGFISHER continued along the Santa Cruz River between Santa
Gertrudis Lane and Tubac this week (m.ob.).

At Patagonia Lake (annotated map:, a #GREATER SCAUP
continued this week (m.ob.). A female #YELLOW-BELLIED SAPSUCKER was
reported on 1/5, and a different bird photographed on 1/8 (Dave Stejskal).
(m.ob.) along the Birding Trail at the east end of the lake.
An #RED-BREASTED SAPSUCKER was photographed at the Patagonia Town Park on
1/3 (Seth Ausubel, Bob Meinke).
An #EASTERN PHOEBE and three #RUFOUS-BACKED ROBINS continued along Blue
Haven Rd between the Paton Center and the Patagonia-Sonoita Creek Preserve
this week (m.ob.). Two #PURPLE FINCHES were photographed on 1/2 (Susan
Benedict), and up to five were reported through 1/8 (Cathy Beck).

Up to seven #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.
A #"HARLAN'S" RED-TAILED HAWK continued near the intersection of Curry and
Green Reservoir Rds this week (m.ob.).

Five #RUDDY GROUND-DOVES were reported on San Bernardino NWR on 1/5
(Richard Webster). Annotated map:

PORTAL & the CHIRICAHUAS (annotated map:
A #YELLOW-BELLIED SAPSUCKER continued in a private yard on 1/4 (Rose Ann
Eleven #THICK-BILLED LONGSPURS (i.e., MCCOWN’S LONGSPURS) were reported at
Willow Tank on 1/8 (Rick Taylor, Barbara Bickel).

A #RUFOUS-BACKED ROBIN was reported on 1/4-1/6 (Andy Moore) about 5 miles
east of Hwy 77 along Aravaipa Creek.

At the San Pedro House, a #LOUISIANA WATERTHRUSH continued along the river
this week (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 #CLAY-COLORED SPARROW was photographed at Kino Springs on 1/3 (Bob &
Bettina Arrigoni).

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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