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This update of Tucson Audubon Society's Rare Bird Alert for Southeast Arizona was made on September 12, 2014. The next update will be made on September 19.

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.

Where directions are not given, they can be found in the EIGHTH EDITION of Tucson Audubon's Finding Birds in Southeast Arizona. 



#Tricolored Heron

#White-eared Hummingbird

#Plain-capped Starthroat

#Lucifer Hummingbird


#Black-capped Gnatcatcher


#Prothonotary Warbler

#Louisiana Waterthrush

#Painted Bunting



TUBAC area (annotated map: http://goo.gl/maps/yDqi0)

The *SINALOA WREN was reported along the Anza Trail south of the Tubac Bridge on 9/12 (Dave Stejskal). This is the first report since May. In the past it was often heard singing and calling about ¾ mile south of the bridge on the west bank, just south of the powerline cut. This is about halfway to Clark Crossing Rd. Please do not cross the fence.

Two #LOUISIANA WATERTHRUSHES were along the Anza Trail just south of Clark Crossing Rd. on 9/12 (Dave Stejskal).  A Northern Waterthrush and a female Rose-breasted Grosbeak were just north of the crossing.


In Huachuca Canyon on Ft. Huachuca, the *SINALOA WREN continued on 9/10 (Richard Fray) at the lower picnic area and just downstream (north) of the bridge, near a downed sycamore. A #PROTHONOTARY WARBLER was reported on 9/6 (Henry Detwiler).

#LUCIFER HUMMINGBIRDS continued this week (m.ob.) at Ash Canyon B&B. Be aware that a hybrid Lucifer x Costa's Hummingbird is also frequenting the feeders.

A #TRICOLORED HERON was reported from the Sierra Vista EOP on 9/7 (Ron Beck, Bill Brown). It may be viewable from the viewing platform, but the Sunday walk grants access to a larger area than is normally available, and is every Sunday at 8am Oct-Mar, 7am Apr-Sep.


At Patagonia Lake State Park (annotated map: http://goo.gl/GgNvs) a *YELLOW-THROATED WARBLER was reported on 9/5 (David Evans) at the east end of the lake, about 100 yards upstream from the mouth of the creek.


Four *LEAST GREBES continued at the old dam along California Gulch Rd about 1.5 miles from Ruby Rd. on 9/12 (Richard Fray).


In Madera Canyon (map: http://goo.gl/dXBYP), 1-2 #PLAIN-CAPPED STARTHROATS and a #WHITE-EARED HUMMINGBIRD continued at the Santa Rita Lodge through 9/7 (m.ob.). A #BLACK-CAPPED GNATCATCHER continued near the Proctor Rd. parking area on 9/6 and 9/7 (Justin Hopkins, Andrew VanNorstrand).

In Montosa Canyon (annotated map: http://goo.gl/8L8tv) a #BLACK-CAPPED GNATCATCHER continued on 9/9 (Richard Fray) in the small side wash south and east of the big culvert.


A #DICKCISSEL was reported along the Rillito River at Craycroft Rd on 9/12 (Molly Pollock).


A #PAINTED BUNTING was reported at Arivaca Cienega on 9/11 (David Griffin).



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 WWTP - 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).




Good birding!

Andrew Core
SEAZ RBA Compiler - Tucson, AZ


Important Phone Numbers

General Info: 520 629-0510
University Nature Shop: 520 629-0510 x1
Rare Bird Alert: 520 629-0510 x3
Education: 520 629-0510 x7012
Membership: 520 629-0510 x7002
Agua Caliente Nature Shop: 760-7881
Executive Director: 520 629-0510 x7001
FAX: 520 623-3476

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Tucson Wildlife Center at 520-903-1104

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Where directions are not given, they can be found in the newest edition of Finding Birds in Southeast Arizona, published by and available from Tucson Audubon Nature Shop. Changes in site access since the publication of this guide can be found by going to our Finding Birds in Southeast Arizona Online Addendum.

Methodology of this Report
The sequence of sightings in this report is not random. Species are listed by order of overall rarity within locality. The first locality mentioned contains the rarest species seen during the reporting period. Within that locality, species are mentioned in relative-rarity order or in taxonomic order, if relative rarity is the same, within sub-locality. When the sightings for a locality are complete, the rarest remaining species dictates which locality is mentioned next, and so forth. At any point when 2 or more species are of the same relative rarity, taxonomic order then determines the sequence in which the localities are covered. Consequently, the order in which localities are mentioned will vary from one report to the next.

Contributors are listed in the text. The spelling of names given over the phone is not guaranteed to be accurate. Any errors or omissions are unintentional.


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