This update of Tucson Audubon Society's Rare Bird Alert for Southeast
Arizona was made on January 13, 2017; the next update will be made on
January 20. 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." =3D 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
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:
http://tucsonaudubon.org/what-we-do/publications/fbi.html. For additional
sightings in the region, please see the The Arizona-New Mexico Birding
For more information about Tucson Audubon field trips, lectures and
educational opportunities, please see www.tucsonaudubon.org.
SPECIES MENTIONED IN THIS REPORT INCLUDE:
#"Red" Fox Sparrow
A *NUTTING'S FLYCATCHER continued south of the confluence of California
Gulch and Warsaw Canyon on 1/13 (m.ob.) at GPS: 31.3989, -111.2475, but on
1/12 (Rich Hoyer) it was 300 yards east at 31.39837, -111.24355).
#BLACK-CAPPED GNATCATCHERS have been seen in the area as well (m.ob.).
Annotated map: http://goo.gl/wSr0mi
At Pena Blanca Lake (annotated map: http://goo.gl/zBbzl), an #EASTERN
PHOEBE was reported again on 1/10 (Tim Helentjaris) in the large cove in
the northwest part of the lake, about 1/3 mile north of the boat ramp.
TUBAC area (annotated map: http://goo.gl/maps/yDqi0)
A male *ROSE-THROATED BECARD continued along the De Anza Trail south of the
Tubac Bridge on 1/13 (m.ob.). The bird was originally seen in a small open
area near the kiosk; you pass through two gates to get there from the
bridge. GPS: 31.605859, -111.043010 but the bird has ranged widely since,
even to south of the powerline cut. An #EASTERN PHOEBE continued on 1/13
A second *ROSE-THROATED BECARD was reported north of the Tubac bridge on
1/6 (Kay Carter) =E2=80=93 this one was a female or immature male about 2/3=
way to the golf course. GPS: 31.618725,
Three miles to the south in Tumacacori, two more *ROSE-THROATED BECARDS
(male and female) were photographed along the De Anza Trail on 1/10 (Paul
Suchanek) and the female continued on 1/11 (Deanna Mac Phail).
A #BROWN THRASHER continued at Santa Gertrudis Lane on 1/13 (Michael
Andersen); it was across from #12. Remember to park along the frontage road
and walk in. A #RUFOUS-BACKED ROBIN continued along the de Anza Trail just
south of the crossing on 1/13 (Michael Andersen).
Two #BLACK-CAPPED GNATCATCHERS and a Five-striped Sparrow continued in Rock
Corral Canyon on 1/13 (Richard Fray) west of Santa Gertrudis Lane. A high
clearance, four-wheel drive vehicle is recommended; the birds were all
within the first mile up canyon from the corral.
PORTAL & the CHIRICAHUAS (annotated map: http://goo.gl/maps/XfXfX)
A *STREAK-BACKED ORIOLE continued to be seen daily at the Foothills Road
(aka Rodrigues yard) feeders as of 1/13 (Thor Manson).
A #GRAY CATBIRD was continued at Cave Creek Ranch on 1/10 (Chris Ruge).
A #"RED" FOX SPARROW continued in Whitetail Canyon on 1/13 (Rick Taylor).
BUENOS AIRES NWR
A female *STREAK-BACKED ORIOLE was photographed at Arivaca Creek in Buenos
Aires NWR on 1/7 (Deborah Locke, ph. David Griffin). A #RUDDY GROUND-DOVE
was photographed on 1/8 (Brian Nicholas) and continued on 1/11 (Timothy
WILLCOX & the SULPHUR SPRINGS VALLEY
A male #EURASIAN WIGEON continued at Lake Cochise by the Twin Lakes Golf
Course on 1/12 (Chris Ruge).
A #GREATER SCAUP continued at the Amado STP on 1/8 (Brian Walsh).
At Patagonia Lake (annotated map: http://goo.gl/GgNvs), a #GREATER SCAUP
continued through 1/9 (m.ob.). A #GREEN KINGFISHER continued a short
distance up Sonoita Creek from the east end of the lake on 1/7 (m.ob.). An
#EASTERN PHOEBE continued at the east end on 1/11 (Eric Pourchot).
#BLACK-CAPPED GNATCATCHERS and a #GRAY CATBIRD continued along the Birding
Trail this week (m.ob.). A #WINTER WREN continued on 1/13 (m.ob.); a
#PACIFIC WREN was reported on 1/10 (Ruben and Victor Stoll). Observers are
encouraged to note or record the calls to help separate these two very
SIERRA VISTA & the HUACHUCAS
An #EASTERN PHOEBE continued at the Hereford Bridge over the San Pedro on
1/11 (Chris Harbard).
GREEN VALLEY & the SANTA RITAS
#BLACK-CAPPED GNATCATCHERS continued in Florida Canyon this week (m.ob.);
they've been seen near the Florida Canyon parking area and a short distance
up the trail.
A #PALM WARBLER continued at Quail Creek Veterans Municipal Park on 1/13
(m.ob.). It seems to travel with (or associate with) the Mountain Bluebirds=
SANTA CRUZ FLATS
At the intersection of Wheeler and Baumgartner Rds. two #RUFOUS-BACKED
ROBINS continued on 1/13 (Darrel Wilder); one #RUDDY GROUND-DOVE continued
through 1/7 (m.ob.). All have been seen near the tan house on Wheeler,
which is possibly occupied (please be sensitive to any potential occupants
or neighbors); the pomegranate tree is a good place to start looking.
A #LOUISIANA WATERTHRUSH was photographed on 1/9 (Jon Curd) along the Santa
Cruz River just south of Sasco Rd. One was present here last winter.
An #EASTERN PHOEBE was photographed again from Yellowstone Tank along
Redington Pass Rd on 1/7 (Brian Nicholas).
At Sweetwater Wetlands, the male #BALTIMORE ORIOLE continued this week
(m.ob.); one wintered here the last two years but ranged widely.
A #LOUISIANA WATERTHRUSH was reported about a mile up from the west end of
Aravaipa Canyon on 1/11 (Nick Beauregard). An American Dipper was at the
confluence with Virgus Canyon, and a #YELLOW-BELLIED SAPSUCKER was between
Virgus Canyon and Horse Camp Canyon. Generally, a BLM permit is required to
enter the Aravaipa Canyon Wilderness beyond the parking lot.
The revised 8th edition of Tucson Audubon's Finding Birds in Southeast
Arizona is available here: http://www.tucsonaudubon
.org/what-we-do/publications/fbi.html and updates to the 8th edition can be
found here: http://www.tucsonaudubon.org/what-we-do/publications/
TUCSON - Mosquito control operations are scheduled at Sweetwater Wetlands
from 6:30-8:30am 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 http://cms3.tucsonaz.gov/water/sweetwater 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:
EL RIO OPEN SPACE PRESERVE/COACHLINE GRAVEL PIT - park in the paved lot in
the southwest corner or along the south edge near the berm. Construction
may hinder access for the next few months. Annotated map:
RAMSEY CANYON - Ramsey Canyon Preserve is closed Tuesdays and Wednesdays.
ASH CANYON B&B: open dawn to dusk EXCEPT Wednesday, when open noon to dusk.
Parking is limited; please carpool whenever possible. No need to call ahead=
BENSON - the Benson Birding Trail is no longer accessible as the property
is under new ownership.
FORT HUACHUCA - access requirements are posted on its official webpage at
http://www.huachuca.army.mil/pages/des/accesscontrol.html. 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. Foreign nationals must be accompanied by 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: apparently some states
driver's licenses do not meet federal requirements for base entry (KY, ME,
MT, PA, SC, MN, MO, and WA); see https://www.dhs.gov/real-id-public-faqs or
http://huachuca-www.army.mil/pages/des/visitoraccess.html 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.
BAIRD'S SPARROW HILL AND THE VACA RANCH CORRAL in the San Rafael Valley is
off limits to birders due to the thoughtless actions of a few birders. DO
NOT ENTER THE PROPERTY. A sign has been posted previously stating that
"stopping within 0.25 mile of the corral is prohibited."
AVRA VALLEY WRF: 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, 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: Closed.
CORONA DE TUCSON WRF: Closed.
NOGALES STP: Closed.
SEAZ RBA Compiler - Tucson, AZ
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