Date: 8/5/22 4:44 pm From: Andrew Core <tucsonrba...> Subject: [AZNMbirds] [EXT]RBA Tucson, AZ - 5 August 2022
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 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: #Least Grebe #Short-tailed Hawk #Ruddy Ground Dove #Buff-collared Nightjar #White-eared Hummingbird #Berylline Hummingbird #Allen's Hummingbird #Green Kingfisher *PINE FLYCATCHER (unconfirmed) *NUTTING'S FLYCATCHER *ROSE-THROATED BECARD #Black-capped Gnatcatcher #Louisiana Waterthrush #Painted Bunting #Dickcissel
TUCSON area 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: https://bit.ly/RoseCanyonAZ 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: http://goo.gl/maps/yDqi0) *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.).
PATAGONIA *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 ( https://ebird.org/hotspot/L12371210) on 8/3 (Felipe Guerrero).
NOGALES area A #LEAST GREBE continued at the ghost town of Ruby through 7/30 (Scott Olmstead). There is an entrance fee (see https://www.rubyaz.com/). #BUFF-COLLARED NIGHTJARS continued on 8/3 (Richard Fray) at the south end of California Gulch at the confluence with Warsaw Canyon. Annotated map: http://goo.gl/wSr0mi. At Pena Blanca Lake (annotated map: http://goo.gl/zBbzl), a #LOUISIANA WATERTHRUSH was photographed on 7/31 (Ron Batie).
SIERRA VISTA & the HUACHUCAS #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 Ireland). A #PAINTED BUNTING was reported on Ft Huachuca on 8/2 (David Palmer).
GREEN VALLEY & the SANTA RITAS In Madera Canyon (map: http://goo.gl/dXBYP), 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: http://goo.gl/maps/XfXfX) 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.).
SONOITA & LAS CIENEGAS NCA An #ALLEN’S HUMMINGBIRD was photographed in a yard near Sonoita on 8/1 (Katherine Cudney).
AMADO A #PAINTED BUNTING was reported at the Amado STP on 7/30 and 7/31 (m.ob.).
ARIVACA & BUENOS AIRES NWR A #PAINTED BUNTING continued at Arivaca Lake on 8/3 (Carol Hippenmeyer).
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/Garrison/DES/physical-security/visitor-access. 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: 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.