This update of Tucson Audubon Society's Rare Bird Alert for Southeast Arizona was made on July 18, 2014. The next update will be made on July 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:
In Madera Canyon (map: http://goo.gl/dXBYP), *BUFF-COLLARED NIGHTJARS continued this week (m.ob.) in the dispersed campground on
At the Santa Rita Lodge feeders a #PLAIN-CAPPED STARTHROAT continued through 7/18 (m.ob.). A female #WHITE-EARED HUMMINGBIRD continued at the same feeders on 7/12 (m.ob.). (Beware the many and varied Broad-billed Hummingbirds that superficially resemble White-eared.).
An adult male #ALLEN’S HUMMINGBIRD was reported again at the Madera Kubo feeder on 7/12 (Mark Stevenson) and 7/18 (Diane Harris). Several Rufous Hummingbirds were also there.
A Black-and-white Warbler continued at the Madera Picnic Area on 7/18 (Jared Fisher).
In Florida Canyon (annotated map: http://goo.gl/AAzD6), #BLACK-CAPPED GNATCATCHERS continued in multiple locations – they've been reported along the trail, near the dam, and from the intersection of FR62A and FR481, about 400 yards downstream from the Florida Canyon parking area. This week there was also one at the old corral between the parking area and the concrete stream crossing on 7/17 (Richard Fray).
The #TRICOLORED HERON moved to the golf course pond behind the Hardesty Building at 22nd and Alvernon on 7/12 (Tyler Loomis) and continued through 7/18 (Lois Manowitz). A singing *YELLOW-GREEN VIREO was recorded along the path on 7/12 (Molly Pollock) and glimpsed by a few later in the day, but was generally uncooperative and not reported since.
An #OVENBIRD was reported on Mt. Lemmon in Summerhaven along the stream in the vicinity of the Cookie Cabin and Living Rainbow on 7/15 (Mark Stevenson, Molly Pollock).
PORTAL & the CHIRICAHUAS
The #PLAIN-CAPPED STARTHROAT continued at the
A #LUCIFER HUMMINGBIRD continued this week (m.ob.) at Ash Canyon B&B. At least one is being seen most days, but very infrequently, and usually late in the day. Be aware that a hybrid Lucifer x Costa's Hummingbird is also frequenting the feeders.
An #ALLEN’S HUMMINGBIRD was photographed at a feeder near
An #ALLEN’S HUMMINGBIRD was photographed at a feeder near Sonoita on 7/14 (Katherine Cudney).
A #BLACK-CAPPED GNATCATCHER was reported on 7/14 (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