This update of Tucson Audubon Society's Rare Bird Alert for Southeast Arizona was made on April 18, 2014. The next update will be made on April 25.
- 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:
*BLACK-THROATED GREEN WARBLER
*FLAME-COLORED TANAGER hybrid (?)
The Brown Fire (http://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/3834/) has resulted in the closure of several canyons, including Ramsey, Brown, Garden and Huachuca. Be prepared for other closures.
A *YELLOW-THROATED WARBLER was reported on 4/16 (Tom Clancy, Brad Sulentic) at the San Pedro House by the old cowbird cage south of Kingfisher Pond.
An interesting tanager – possibly a hybrid Flame-colored x Western Tanager, or perhaps a pure *FLAME-COLORED TANAGER – was reported from
A #BROAD-WINGED HAWK was reported from
TUBAC area (annotated map: http://goo.gl/maps/yDqi0)
The *SINALOA WREN continued along the Anza Trail south of Tubac on 4/17 (Laurens Halsey). It has been 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 pair of #BLACK-CAPPED GNATCATCHERS continued from the intersection of FR62A and FR481 on 4/17 (Mike Rogers), about 400 yards downstream from the
In northeast Tucson, an immature #RED-SHOULDERED HAWK continued in the Tanque Verde Wash west of Tanque Verde Loop Road on 4/18 (Paul Suchanek).
A #WORM-EATING WARBLER was reported from a residence in northeast
10 EVENING GROSBEAKS were reported from Summerhaven in the
A Black-and-white Warbler continued at Sweetwater Wetlands on 4/13 (Leo Miller).
A #RUDDY GROUND-DOVE continued at Whitewater Draw through 4/18 (m.ob.) on the dike around the pond.
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 - Due to long-term construction, access to Sweetwater and Roger Road WRF has changed. See our Sweetwater page or http://cms3.tucsonaz.gov/water/sweetwater for details. 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 - Green Valley WTP has reopened. Protocol for visiting is the same: 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. Consider donating to preserve the property at http://www.abcbirds.org/paton/.
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).
NOGALES STP: closed to birders.
CORONA DE TUCSON WRF: closed to birders.
SEAZ RBA Compiler - Tucson, AZ