This update of Tucson Audubon Society's Rare Bird Alert for Southeast Arizona was made on August 22, 2014. The next update will be made on August 29.
- 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:
A *SHORT-TAILED HAWK was reported again on
A *BOBOLINK was reported from the Green Valley WWTP on 8/21 (Laurens Halsey) in a mixed flock of blackbirds feeding in the grasses around the third pond on the west side. To access: use the call box at the first gate, sign in and out at the office, and stay away from buildings and construction equipment. Park by the two small trees near the gates after signing in, and stay along the main north-south road that bisects the basins. Hours: 7-3:30pm. Also in Green Valley, a Brown Pelican was photographed just after landing at a pond at the Desert Hills Golf Club on 8/19 (Donald Sanderson).
In Madera Canyon (map: http://goo.gl/dXBYP), a #PLAIN-CAPPED STARTHROAT continued near the Madera Picnic Area on 8/19 (Laurens Halsey); 1-2 #PLAIN-CAPPED STARTHROATS continued uphill in Santa Cruz County at the Santa Rita Lodge this week (m.ob.). A #WHITE-EARED HUMMINGBIRD was photographed on 8/15 (Nancy Christensen) and continued through 8/19 (m.ob.).
In Florida Canyon (annotated map: http://goo.gl/AAzD6), #BLACK-CAPPED GNATCATCHERS continued in multiple locations –along the trail, near the dam, and from the intersection of FR62A and FR481, about 400 yards downstream from the Florida Canyon parking area.
PORTAL & the CHIRICAHUAS
The #PLAIN-CAPPED STARTHROAT continued at the Foothills Road (aka Jasper/Rodrigues yard) feeders through 8/21 (Bob Rodrigues). The bird has been visiting the feeder on the right side of the trail before reaching the picnic table. Use caution at the creek crossing; if it's flooded, try another time. Several vehicles have gotten stuck recently.
As of 8/22, the road to South Fork was closed due to flood damage (Helen Snyder).
#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 possible Scissor-tailed Flycatcher X Western Kingbird hybrid was reported along Del Valle Rd south of the San Pedro House on 8/18 (Ann & Alan Miller).
A #PAINTED BUNTING continued at Kino Springs on 8/16 (m.ob.) in the ponds near the clubhouse.
A #PAINTED BUNTING was reported at the Paton's yard on 8/16 (Sara Pike, Nancy Christensen).
A #PAINTED BUNTING was reported at
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