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Oct 20, 2013 · [AZNMbirds] SE AZ: Patagonia Lake Black-capped Gnatcatcher

Really nice morning of birding at Patagonia Lake State Park, with 72 species in all. The highlights were:

BLACK-CAPPED GNATCATCHER just east of where the creek flows into the lake at the eastern end
Fairly late WARBLING VIREO and SUMMER TANAGER, two HEPATIC TANAGERS, COMMON GROUND-DOVE, two DUSKY FLYCATCHERS, two BLACK-THROATED GRAY WARBLERS, LAZULI BUNTING, all along the creek at the eastern end
On the water, WESTERN GREBE and three BUFFLEHEADS
WILSON’S SNIPE and a couple of AMERICAN PIPITS on the shore at the eastern end
RUFOUS-WINGED SPARROW near the trailhead, NORTHERN ROUGH-WINGED SWALLOW overhead

Good birding,
Richard Fray
Rio Rico AZ

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Oct 19, 2013 · [AZNMbirds] SEAZ Florida Canyon Rufous-capped Warbler

Pam Ripley and I followed Laurens Halsey’s and Lauren Harter’s excellent directions to get some very good looks at a Rufous-capped Warbler on Thursday (10-17-2013) at about 10:30 a.m.. A selection of photos can be found on Flicker.com: 98505869@N02/” >http://www.flickr.com/photos/98505869@N02/

Coordinates were: Latitude: 31.757260 Longitude: -110.843597

Here is a link to a map of the coordinates: http://goo.gl/maps/1IaaZ
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Oct 19, 2013 · [AZNMbirds] RBA Tucson, AZ – 18 October 2013

Hello Birders,

This update of Tucson Audubon Society’s Rare Bird Alert for Southeast
Arizona was made on October 18, 2013; the next update will be made on
October 25. Phone your reports to 520-629-0510 X 3, or email to
rarebirdalert AT tucsonaudubon.org.

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 most recent
edition of Tucson Audubon’s “Finding Birds in Southeast Arizona”. More
information including updates may be found here:
http://tucsonaudubon.org/what-we-do/publications/fbi.html. For additional
sightings in the region, please see the The Arizona-New Mexico Birding
ListServ (https://list.arizona.edu/sympa/arc/aznmbirds).

For more information about Tucson Audubon field trips, lectures and
educational opportunities, please see www.tucsonaudubon.org.

SPECIES MENTIONED IN THIS REPORT INCLUDE:
#Red-shouldered Hawk
#Ruddy Ground-Dove
*PLAIN-CAPPED STARTHROAT
#”Yellow-shafted” Northern Flicker
Clark’s Nutcracker
*SINALOA WREN
#Black-capped Gnatcatcher
#Louisiana Waterthrush
*RUFOUS-CAPPED WARBLER
#Clay-colored Sparrow
#Painted Bunting

SIERRA VISTA & the HUACHUCAS
In Huachuca Canyon , the *SINALOA WREN continued through 10/16 (Gil Ewing).
It has been seen near the lower picnic area and has been seen most often
downstream (north) of the bridge. A Northern Parula was also reported. This
is about 0.2 miles past the yellow gate; remember to sign in AND out at the
military police station at the intersection of Christy Ave and Boyd Ave. At
last check, no food was allowed in Huachuca Canyon due to bear activity –
in the car or on your person. Further up the canyon about 200 yards past
the 1.7 mile parking area, a Northern Parula, American Redstart and a
Black-and-White Warbler were reported on 10/15 (Laurens Halsey).
*RUFOUS-CAPPED WARBLERS continued in Hunter Canyon (between Miller and Ash
Canyons) through 10/6 (Tom Hildebrandt). The birds (3+) were about 3/4 mile
up the trail from the end of Hunter Canyon Road in the pine/oak canyon that
has a bit of running water.
In Miller Canyon, a pair of *RUFOUS-CAPPED WARBLERS was reported on 10/17
(Ron Beck), but no further details were available. CLARK’S NUTCRACKERS were
reported from Miller Peak on 10/15 (Michael Foster fide Robert Weissler)
and continued on 10/17 (Ron Beck).

GREEN VALLEY & the SANTA RITAS
In Florida Canyon (annotated map: http://goo.gl/AAzD6), *RUFOUS-CAPPED
WARBLERS continued on 10/17 (Jim Ripley) near the East Bend. A
#BLACK-CAPPED GNATCATCHER continued on 10/15 (Graham Langley) – last week
it was about 200 yards from the parking lot.
Directions: About 400 yards from parking lot is a metal gate – just past
the gate the canyon forks. The main trail follows the East Fork, but most
sightings have been in the West Fork to the right. A short distance up the
rough trail in the West Fork is a large water tank and a low dam. Some
sightings have been in this area. Another location is further up the West
Fork from the dam near the “East Bend”, where the canyon bends sharply to
the east. The birds have been reported here and occasionally even further
up the canyon. Note: The trail for the West Fork can be difficult to find,
and is steep and rough in places. It is not necessary, recommended or
permissible to enter the research station to see these birds.

PATAGONIA & the SAN RAFAEL VALLEY
The *PLAIN-CAPPED STARTHROAT was reported again from the Patons’ yard; as
was a #CLAY-COLORED SPARROW on 10/15 (Graham Langley). You can help
preserve the property at http://www.abcbirds.org/paton/.
A #BLACK-CAPPED GNATCATCHER was photographed at the Sonoita Creek State
Natural Area on 10/15 (Alan Schmierer). A free pass is required for this
area; available at the Patagonia Lake State Park entrance station. See
Alan’s detailed map here: http://www.flickr.com/photos/sloalan/10299294854/

TUCSON area
At the Randolph Golf Course, a #RED-SHOULDERED HAWK continued behind the
Hardesty Building (Alvernon & 22nd) on 10/17 (Betty Bengtson). It has been
seen near the pond and along the southern boundary of the driving range.
On Mt. Lemmon, CLARK’S NUTCRACKERS continued with reports from the very top
near Steward Observatory through 10/17 (m.ob.) and the Palisades Visitor
Center on 10/12 (John Saba)

WHITEWATER DRAW
A #RUDDY GROUND-DOVE was reported from Whitewater Draw on 10/14 (Richard
Webster). It was in the willows in the SE corner of the pond system.

SANTA CRUZ FLATS
A #”YELLOW-SHAFTED” NORTHERN FLICKER was reported from Pretzer Rd between
Picacho Highway and Sunshine Blvd on 10/16 (Richard Fray). A single
MOUNTAIN PLOVER was reported from the south side of Ellis Rd between Tweedy
Rd and Curry Rd on 10/18 (Dennis & Patricia Braddy).

NOGALES and the ATASCOSA HIGHLANDS
A #BLACK-CAPPED GNATCATCHER was photographed in California Gulch on 10/16
(Laurens Halsey).

TUBAC area (annotated map: http://goo.gl/maps/yDqi0)
In Tubac, the #LOUISIANA WATERTHRUSH continued along the Anza Trail just
south of the Tubac Bridge, and a female-type #PAINTED BUNTING near the
bridge on 10/18 (Dave Stejskal).

COOLIDGE
A COMMON TERN was reported at the Coolidge WTP on 10/13 (John Saba). This
is at the corner of Coolidge Ave and Kenworthy Rd, with the best viewing
from the south side – see a map here: http://goo.gl/maps/84kqj

ANNOUNCEMENTS
The 8th edition of Tucson Audubon’s Finding Birds in Southeast Arizona is
now available (http://www.tucsonaudubon.org/what-we-do/publications/fbi.html).
Updates to the 8th edition can be found here:
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 (
http://www.tucsonaudubon.org/what-we-do/visit/planning/locations/212.html)
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.

PATAGONIA – The Paton’s yard remains open to birders. You can help preserve
the property at http://www.abcbirds.org/paton/.

MILLER CANYON – fire and floods have changed Beatty’s Guest Ranch; see
http://seazhummingbirds.com for more information.

RAMSEY CANYON – Ramsey Canyon Preserve is closed Tuesdays and Wednesdays.

ASH CANYON B&B: Parking is limited; please carpool whenever possible. No
need to call ahead.

BENSON – the Benson Birding Trail is no longer accessible as the property
is under new ownership.

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 these 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.

GREEN VALLEY WASTEWATER TREATMENT PLANT: closed until 2014.

AVRA VALLEY WASTEWATER TREATMENT PLANT: Gates open at 6AM and close
PROMPTLY at 2PM (do not linger, you will be locked inside).

CORONA DE TUCSON WASTEWATER RECLAMATION FACILITY: Access to the ponds here,
about 1.5 miles west of Houghton Rd on Sahuarita Rd, is available from 6:00
A.M to 2:00 P.M daily. List of attendees and group affiliation must be sent
in advance by fax (762-0591) or phone (762-0593). Bring identification with
you.

NOGALES SEWAGE PONDS: Remain closed to birders.

Good birding!

Andrew Core
SEAZ RBA Compiler – Tucson, AZ

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Sep 26, 2013 · [AZNMbirds] Paton House Plain-capped Starthroat

The Plain-Capped Starthroat was seen this morning(9/26) at 8:55 am, coming
in very sporadically.

Larry Morgan
Paton House
Patagonia Az
520-394-2340
lmorgan11637@gmail.com

Sep 25, 2013 · [AZNMbirds] SE AZ: Red Phalarope at Patagonia Lake

Late this afternoon, I re-found the REPH reported earlier by Bill Adler. I missed the bird scoping from the east end of the lake. Later, I scoped from Boulder Beach, and found the bird about 1/4 mile away in the far NE corner of the lake. I watched it for about an hour as it slowly made its way toward me, until it was almost across the lake from me, about 500’ away.

The bird is in winter plumage, i.e., gray upperparts with a dark eye patch.

A VABU fem. was at the bottom of the stairs, and a pair of PABU at the east end of the lake.

No AMAV were seen.

Sep 24, 2013 · [AZNMbirds] SE AZ: Plain-capped Starthroat at Paton’s

Late this evening, I had a 3-second glimpse of a PCST at feeder 2 at the Paton’s. Alas, it never returned.

Maybe tomorrow.

Sep 22, 2013 · [AZNMbirds] se AZ: Sinaloa Wren at Ft. Huachuca continues

From the Tucson Audubon Society’s RBA (520-629-0510 X 3 or rarebirdalert AT
tucsonaudubon.org):

Rod Murray reports that the Sinaloa Wren continued today (9/22) in Huachuca
Canyon on Ft. Huachuca in the usual spot – the lower picnic area and
downstream of the bridge.

Remember to sign in/out with the MPs at the intersection of Christy Ave and
Boyd Ave.

thanks Rod!

Andrew Core
SEAZ RBA Compiler – Tucson, AZ

———- Forwarded message ———-
From: Rodney Murray
Date: Sun, Sep 22, 2013 at 3:29 PM
Subject: sinaloa wren at ft huachuca

Hello. I am a birder from Delaware who tracked down the wren today
(Sunday) at the location mentioned in several posts. A birding couple from
CA was also there searching, so we teamed up and located it. Just wanted
to let you know that it continues since I am not subscribed to the AZ list
serve and since I saw no postings of it for today. Many thanks to you
great AZ and NM birders for this find and continuing info.
Rod Murray Middletown, Delaware

Sep 22, 2013 · [AZNMbirds] SEAZ: Tubac Sinaloa Wren + waterthrushes 9/22/13

Hi all,

Chris McCreedy & I spent 3.5 hours birding along the Santa Cruz this morning. We birded the stretch from the bridge south to the power line cut. (0.75 miles?) Along the river we found 3 waterthrushes, evenly spaced from the bridge to the power lines. We were confident the middle bird was a Louisiana, but we didn’t see the other two individuals nearly as well. We thought the southern bird was probably a Northern but just couldn’t say with 100% certainty. We were humbled. Waterthrushes are hard if you are not used to them!

The Sinaloa Wren continues. At 11:40 it was in the riverbed about 50-70m south of the power lines, staying low in a dense willow and tamarisk thicket. It was giving chattered calls; we did not hear it sing. High potential exists for confusion with Bewick’s Wren, but look for the black streaking on cheeks/sides of neck and the *relatively bright reddish, barred tail* contrasting with the brown back. The tail was striking. We observed the Sinaloa Wren briefly chase a House Wren — interesting behavior.

A few other migration notes:

1 Thick-billed Kingbird at the power lines; we missed Tropical today.
Wilson’s was the most abundant Warbler but we could not find a Hooded.
Still decent density of Lucy’s, Nashville, Yellow, and MacGillivray’s Warblers.
Warbling Vireos have increased significantly from last weekend.
Still tons of Lazuli & Varied Buntings + Blue Grosbeaks; we could not located a Painted.
Chats were abundant last weekend but we heard very few today.
We dipped cuckoo.
Summer and Western Tangers are still pretty thick (many more Summers though).
FOS (for me) Lincoln’s Sparrows.

Tubac this time of year is fun, dynamic birding. Hoping to go back again next weekend!

Cheers,
Scott

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Scott Olmstead
Tucson, Arizona

Tour Leader, Neotropics
Tropical Birding
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Sep 13, 2013 · [AZNMbirds] “Hawaiian” Petrel

Make that.” before Galapagos and Hawaiian were split.

Will Russell

willrussell@comcast.net

Sep 01, 2013 · [AZNMbirds] Carr Canyon Starthroat

The Plain-capped Starthroat persists in our yard. Last seen: 6:53 AM.

Hank Brodkin
3050 E Carr Canyon RD
Hereford, AZ 85615
520-803-9700
hmdb@cox.net