Date: 8/5/22 4:44 pm
From: Andrew Core <tucsonrba...>
Subject: [AZNMbirds] [EXT]RBA Tucson, AZ - 5 August 2022
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Hello Birders,

This update of Tucson Audubon Society's Rare Bird Alert for Southeast
Arizona was made on August 5, 2022; the next update will be made on August
12. 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

#Least Grebe
#Short-tailed Hawk
#Ruddy Ground Dove
#Buff-collared Nightjar
#White-eared Hummingbird
#Berylline Hummingbird
#Allen's Hummingbird
#Green Kingfisher
*PINE FLYCATCHER (unconfirmed)
#Black-capped Gnatcatcher
#Louisiana Waterthrush
#Painted Bunting

A *NUTTING’S FLYCATCHER continued through 7/30 (m.ob.) in Happy Valley
(east side of the Rincons) at Paige Creek near where the creek crosses the
road. This is east of Tucson about 17 miles from I-10 and just before the
gate. There is limited parking; please do not block the ranch driveway.
The *PINE FLYCATCHER has not been documented since mid-July at the Black
Bear Flat camping area in Rose Canyon on Mt Lemmon but there were two
reports on 7/31 (m.ob.), the first in over ten days. Map:
Two #SHORT-TAILED HAWKS were reported again over the Bear Wallow/Mt Bigelow
area on Mt Lemmon on 8/5 (m.ob.).

TUBAC area (annotated map:
*ROSE-THROATED BECARDS continued 1/2 mile north of Tubac Bridge this week
(m.ob.). Recent floods have washed out some of the temporary footbridges,
but the east bank can still be accessed by crossing the main bridge first.
#PAINTED BUNTINGS continued at the bridge this week (m.ob.).
A #GREEN KINGFISHER continued along the Santa Cruz River between Santa
Gertrudis Lane and Tubac this week (m.ob.).

*ROSE-THROATED BECARDS continued at the Patagonia Roadside Rest Area this
week (m.ob.).
At the Paton Center for Hummingbirds, #RUDDY GROUND-DOVES continued on 7/24
(Joshua Stacy).
A #DICKCISSEL was reported at the Arizona Birding Tours feeders ( on 8/3 (Felipe Guerrero).

A #LEAST GREBE continued at the ghost town of Ruby through 7/30 (Scott
Olmstead). There is an entrance fee (see
#BUFF-COLLARED NIGHTJARS continued on 8/3 (Richard Fray) at the south end
of California Gulch at the confluence with Warsaw Canyon. Annotated map:
At Pena Blanca Lake (annotated map:, a #LOUISIANA
WATERTHRUSH was photographed on 7/31 (Ron Batie).

#WHITE-EARED HUMMINGBIRDS continued in Miller Canyon this week (m.ob.). A
#BERYLLINE HUMMINGBIRD was reported on 7/30 (m.ob.).
A #BERYLLINE HUMMINGBIRD continued at the Ramsey Canyon Inn and at the
Preserve this week (m.ob.).
A #GREEN KINGFISHER continued from Casa de San Pedro B&B on 8/3 (Laurie
A #PAINTED BUNTING was reported on Ft Huachuca on 8/2 (David Palmer).

In Madera Canyon (map:, a #BERYLLINE HUMMINGBIRD
continued at the Santa Rita Lodge this week (m.ob.); it was also reported
from the Madera Kubo.
A #BLACK-CAPPED GNATCATCHER was reported just downstream from the Florida
Canyon parking area on 8/1 (m.ob.). A word of caution – a probable hybrid
female was paired with a male Blue-gray near the beginning of the trail
last year, and Black-capped are much less common than in recent years.

PORTAL & the CHIRICAHUAS (annotated map:
A #WHITE-EARED HUMMINGBIRD continued at the George Walker House in Paradise
through 8/5 (m.ob.).
A #BERYLLINE HUMMINGBIRD continued at the Southwestern Research Station on
8/5 (Carol Comeau).
#PAINTED BUNTINGS were reported San Simon Cienega and south of Portal this
week (m.ob.).

An #ALLEN’S HUMMINGBIRD was photographed in a yard near Sonoita on 8/1
(Katherine Cudney).

A #PAINTED BUNTING was reported at the Amado STP on 7/30 and 7/31 (m.ob.).

A #PAINTED BUNTING continued at Arivaca Lake on 8/3 (Carol Hippenmeyer).

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: Gates open at 7AM and close PROMPTLY at 2PM (do not
linger, you will be locked inside). Access subject to change without notice.

GREEN VALLEY WRF: Open 7 AM - 2 PM. Use the call box at the gate, follow
the signs for parking, and stay away from buildings and construction
equipment. Access subject to change without notice.

some facilities may be viewed from outside the fence.
Andrew Core
SEAZ RBA Compiler - Tucson, AZ
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