Date: 1/9/21 1:16 am From: Andrew Core <tucsonrba...> Subject: [AZNMbirds] [EXT]RBA Tucson, AZ - 8 January 2021
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 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 #"Harlan's" Red-tailed Hawk *NORTHERN JACANA #Ruddy Ground-Dove #Green Kingfisher #Yellow-bellied Sapsucker #Red-breasted Sapsucker #Eastern Phoebe *ROSE-THROATED BECARD #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.
TUCSON area 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: https://www.google.com/maps/d/edit?mid=1b_o0qqVmUwmZQi7U7uuiz5CdgWY 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). Two #LAPLAND LONGSPURS and several #THICK-BILLED LONGSPURS (i.e., MCCOWN’S 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: https://ebird.org/hotspot/L13187503 A #CLAY-COLORED SPARROWS continued at East Lawn Palms Cemetery this week (m.ob.).
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.). 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.).
PATAGONIA At Patagonia Lake (annotated map: http://goo.gl/GgNvs), 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). An #EASTERN PHOEBE and #BLACK-CAPPED GNATCATCHER continued this week (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).
SANTA CRUZ FLATS 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.).
DOUGLAS area Five #RUDDY GROUND-DOVES were reported on San Bernardino NWR on 1/5 (Richard Webster). Annotated map: https://goo.gl/uX96Pw
PORTAL & the CHIRICAHUAS (annotated map: http://goo.gl/maps/XfXfX) A #YELLOW-BELLIED SAPSUCKER continued in a private yard on 1/4 (Rose Ann Rowlett). Eleven #THICK-BILLED LONGSPURS (i.e., MCCOWN’S LONGSPURS) were reported at Willow Tank on 1/8 (Rick Taylor, Barbara Bickel).
DUDLEYVILLE A #RUFOUS-BACKED ROBIN was reported on 1/4-1/6 (Andy Moore) about 5 miles east of Hwy 77 along Aravaipa Creek.
SIERRA VISTA & the HUACHUCAS 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.
NOGALES area A #CLAY-COLORED SPARROW was photographed at Kino Springs on 1/3 (Bob & Bettina Arrigoni).
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.