This update of Tucson Audubon Society's Rare Bird Alert for Southeast Arizona was made on July 25, 2014. The next update will be made on August 1.
- The RBA number is 520-629-0510 ext 3; press 1 to hear the RBA or press 2 to report a rare bird, OR email rarebirdalert.
For additional sightings in the region, please see the The Arizona-New Mexico Birding ListServ
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/
Where directions are not given, they can be found in the EIGHTH EDITION of Tucson Audubon's Finding Birds in Southeast Arizona.
SPECIES MENTIONED IN THIS REPORT INCLUDE:
In Madera Canyon (map: http://goo.gl/dXBYP), *BUFF-COLLARED NIGHTJARS continued sporadically this week (m.ob.) in the dispersed campground on
At the Santa Rita Lodge feeders, a #PLAIN-CAPPED STARTHROAT continued through 7/25 (m.ob.). Two different birds were photographed on 7/20 and 7/21 (Tom Hince, Billie Cantwell). An adult male #ALLEN’S HUMMINGBIRD was reported on 7/19-7/22 (Richard Fray, Laurens Halsey).
Keith says: "Cave Canyon is located on the east side of the Santa Rita Mountains, and can be accessed from FR92 (Gardner Canyon Road), which is about 2.5 miles south of Las Cienegas NCA west entrance, on AZ 83 (about 4 miles north of Sonoita). The road is passable in a passenger car, but a vehicle with a little extra ground-clearance would be preferable. The road is well-signed to the trail head." Don't confuse it with
Nearby, a #DICKCISSEL was reported along Curly Horse Road, about 1/3 mile east of AZ 83 on 7/23 (Bill Howard).
The #TRICOLORED HERON continued at the golf course pond behind the
PORTAL & the CHIRICAHUAS
The #PLAIN-CAPPED STARTHROAT continued at the
A *RUFOUS-CAPPED WARBLER was seen again in
A #LUCIFER HUMMINGBIRD was reported on 7/25 (Richard Fray) at Ash Canyon B&B. Be aware that a hybrid Lucifer x Costa's Hummingbird is also frequenting the feeders.
A #BLACK-CAPPED GNATCATCHER was reported on 7/23 (Laurens Halsey) in California Gulch.
Addendum to Finding Birds in SE Arizona 8th Edition (2011) is now available at: http://www.tucsonaudubon.org/what-we-do/publications/359-fbiaddendum8th.html.
TUCSON - Mosquito control operations are scheduled at Sweetwater Wetlands from 6:30-8:30am on Mondays. The gate will open when operations are finished. Roger Road WRF was closed as of 1/10/2014 and it is uncertain when access will be allowed again.
GREEN VALLEY - Protocol for visiting: use the call box at the gate, sign in and out at the office, and stay away from buildings and construction equipment.
MILLER CANYON - fire and floods have changed Beatty's Guest Ranch; see http://seazhummingbirds.com for more information.RAMSEY CANYON - Ramsey Canyon Preserve is open; it is closed Tuesdays and Wednesdays.
ASH CANYON - Ash Canyon B&B is open; parking is limited to six spots.
BENSON - the Benson Birding Trail is no longer accessible as the property is under new ownership.
PATAGONIA - The Patons' yard remains open to birders.
FORT HUACHUCA - 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 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.
SANTA CRUZ FLATS: Managers at the Evergreen Turf Farm (vicinity of Tweedy and Pretzer Rds) have requested that anyone birding there on the weekends please leave by 5:00 PM. This is due to security issues experienced by the Sod Farm. Birders are still welcome here at other times.
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."
The Regional Wastewater Reclamation Department is currently revising security procedures and the following rules are subject to change any time. Please see this link for important information regarding access: http://www.pima.gov/wwm/about/pdf/birdwatching.pdf. Your cooperation is greatly appreciated.
AVRA VALLEY WRF: Gates open at 6AM and close PROMPTLY at 2PM (do not linger, you will be locked inside).
ROGER ROAD WRF: closed
NOGALES STP: closed
CORONA DE TUCSON WRF: closed
SEAZ RBA Compiler - Tucson, AZ