This update of Tucson Audubon Society's Rare Bird Alert for Southeast Arizona was made on October 17, 2014. The next update will be made on October 24.
- 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:
#"Yellow-shafted" Northern Flicker
TUBAC area (annotated map: http://goo.gl/maps/yDqi0)
The *SINALOA WREN continued along the Anza Trail south of the Tubac Bridge on 10/15 (Gary Meyer). It has been most 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. A #LOUISIANA WATERTHRUSH was photographed ¼ mile south of the bridge on 10/12 (Laurens Halsey).
Four *LEAST GREBES continued at the old dam along California Gulch Rd about 1.5 miles from Ruby Rd. on 10/17 (Alan Schmierer).
At Pena Blanca Lake (annotated map: http://goo.gl/zBbzl), a #CHESTNUT-SIDED WARBLER was reported on 10/12 (Ginny Seabrook).
GREEN VALLEY & the SANTA RITAS
In Madera Canyon (map: http://goo.gl/dXBYP), a #WHITE-EARED HUMMINGBIRD continued at the Santa Rita Lodge through 10/17 (Noah Kahn). #BLACK-CAPPED GNATCATCHERS continued at Proctor Rd on 10/11 (Laurens Halsey).
#BLACK-CAPPED GNATCATCHERS continued in Florida Canyon on 10/13 (Robb Welch).
SIERRA VISTA & the HUACHUCAS
A #LUCIFER HUMMINGBIRD continued through 10/11 (Ron Holland) at Ash Canyon B&B.
A #GREEN KINGFISHER was reported at the Gray Hawk Nature Center (http://www.grayhawknaturecenter.org/) on 10/11 (Walt Anderson). This is along the San Pedro River about a mile upstream from the mouth of Escapule Wash (map: http://goo.gl/eU8xR).
Two EVENING GROSBEAKS were reported from Hunter Canyon on 10/15 (Erika Wilson).
A #"YELLOW-SHAFTED" Northern Flicker was reported from Whitetail Canyon on 10/11 (Rick Taylor).
A #CLAY-COLORED SPARROW was photographed in the Dragoon Mountains on 10/11 (Arlene Ripley).
Two EVENING GROSBEAKS were photographed in town on 10/13 (Randy Moore).
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).
ROGER ROAD WRF: closed
NOGALES STP: closed
CORONA DE TUCSON WRF: closed
SEAZ RBA Compiler - Tucson, AZ