This update of Tucson Audubon Society's Rare Bird Alert for Southeast
Arizona was made on January 20, 2017; the next update will be made on
January 27. 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:
#"Harlan's" Red-tailed Hawk
*BLACK-THROATED GREEN WARBLER
A *NUTTING'S FLYCATCHER continued south of the confluence of California
Gulch and Warsaw Canyon on 1/18 (Kim Eckert). It has ranged along about 1/2
mile of the wash, from GPS: 31.3989, -111.2475 to 31.39837, -111.24355.
Annotated map: http://goo.gl/wSr0mi
An #EASTERN PHOEBE was photographed along Ruby Road just east of the ghost
town of Ruby on 1/17 (Rich Hoyer).
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 1/20 (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 350 yards south of the powerline cut. An #EASTERN PHOEBE continued
on 1/20 (Joseph Gamez). A #YELLOW-BELLIED SAPSUCKER was reported on 1/15
A #BROWN THRASHER continued at Santa Gertrudis Lane on 1/19 (Chuck Hurst)
across from #12. Remember to park along the frontage road and walk in. A
#RUFOUS-BACKED ROBIN continued along the de Anza Trail at the crossing on
1/17 (Sandy Turner). A #"HARLAN=E2=80=99S" RED-TAILED HAWK was photographed=
(Patrick Van Thull). A #YELLOW-BELLIED SAPSUCKER was reported again on 1/20
In Tumacacori, a #RUFOUS-BACKED ROBIN was reported along the De Anza Trail
on 1/19 (Keith Kamper).
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 1/18 (m.ob.).
A #GRAY CATBIRD was continued at Cave Creek Ranch on 1/16 (m.ob.).
A #BROWN THRASHER continued along Prickly Pear Ln north of the Portal Store
on 1/17 (Rick Plage).
SANTA CRUZ FLATS
A *BLACK-THROATED GREEN WARBLER was photographed on 1/16 (Brian Walsh)
along the Santa Cruz River at Sasco Rd; it continued on 1/18 (m.ob.). A
#LOUISIANA WATERTHRUSH continued and a #YELLOW-BELLIED SAPSUCKER was
reported on 1/20 (Tommy DeBardeleben).
A #"HARLAN=E2=80=99S" RED-TAILED HAWK was reported from Green Reservoir Rd =
At the intersection of Wheeler and Baumgartner Rds. a #RUFOUS-BACKED ROBIN
and a #RUDDY GROUND-DOVE continued through 1/19 (m.ob.). They 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.
SIERRA VISTA & the HUACHUCAS
In Hunter Canyon (https://goo.gl/CR4YXm), *RUFOUS-CAPPED WARBLERS continued
on 1/20 (m.ob.) in the upper canyon about 0.7 miles up the trail from the
end of Hunter Canyon Road just as the trail enters the grove of trees.
An #EASTERN PHOEBE continued at the Hereford Bridge over the San Pedro on
1/20 (Bernard Morris). A #GREEN KINGFISHER was reported again north of the
bridge on 1/18 (Ron Beck). A #"HARLAN=E2=80=99S" RED-TAILED HAWK was photog=
along Palominas Rd on 1/16 (Chris Harbard).
At the San Pedro House, a #LOUISIANA WATERTHRUSH was seen again along the
San Pedro River on 1/14 (Brenda Wright); last year one frequented the area
between trail markers #7 and #8.
GREEN VALLEY & the SANTA RITAS
In Florida Canyon (annotated map: http://goo.gl/AAzD6), *RUFOUS-CAPPED
WARBLERS continued on 1/19 (Joseph Gamez) in the West Fork past the dam.
Directions: About 400 yards from parking lot is a metal gate, and just past
the gate the canyon forks. The main trail follows the East Fork, but most
sightings have been in the West Fork to the right. About 125 yards up the
rough trail in the West Fork is a large water tank and a low dam. The oak
grove is about 1/3 mile past the dam. Note: The trail for the West Fork can
be difficult to find, and is steep and rough in places. If you see the sign
with distances to Florida Saddle, Madera Canyon, etc you've missed the
turn. It is not necessary, recommended or permissible to enter the research
station to see these birds. #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 1/19
(m.ob.). It seems to travel with (or associate with) the Mountain Bluebirds=
In Montosa Canyon (annotated map: http://goo.gl/8L8tv) #BLACK-CAPPED
GNATCATCHERS were reported on 1/14 (Jay Taylor) and continued on 1/20
(m.ob) near the culvert, upstream of the concrete stream crossing.
WILLCOX & the SULPHUR SPRINGS VALLEY
A male #EURASIAN WIGEON continued at Lake Cochise by the Twin Lakes Golf
Course on 1/20 (Ann Truesdale).
At Patagonia Lake (annotated map: http://goo.gl/GgNvs), a #GREATER SCAUP
continued through 1/18 (m.ob.). A #GREEN KINGFISHER continued a short
distance up Sonoita Creek from the east end of the lake on 1/19 (m.ob.). An
#EASTERN PHOEBE continued at the east end on 1/20 (Charles Young).
#BLACK-CAPPED GNATCATCHERS and a #GRAY CATBIRD continued along the Birding
Trail this week (m.ob.). A #WINTER WREN continued on 1/19 (m.ob.);
observers are encouraged to note or record the calls to help separate this
from the very similar Pacific Wren.
At Sweetwater Wetlands, the male #BALTIMORE ORIOLE continued this week
(m.ob.); one wintered here the last two years but ranged widely.
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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