What could be the 8th US record for Tufted Flycatcher is currently being seen from the trail in upper Ramsey Canyon about 1/2 mile above the junction with the Brown Canyon trail. The range of this species extends from the Sierra Madre of western Mexico through Central America to northwest Ecuador.
There are also other rarities in the Huachuca Mountains nearby. A pair of Flame-colored Tanagers can be found along the Bledsoe Loop trail in the Ramsey Canyon Preserve. Meanwhile, in upper Miller Canyon the hybrid male Flame-colored X Western Tanager is being seen just below the 2nd stream crossing 2 miles above Beatty’s Guest Ranch. Just above the 2nd stream crossing, at least one Rufous-capped Warbler has been seen recently.
And still other Rufous-capped Warblers have been reported from southern Arizona including in nearby Hunter Canyon. Get out and see some of these very special birds!!
The 2015 Arizona Important Bird Areas Spring/Summer season will be a very fun season with new volunteer opportunities and some very familiar surveys as well. Click the link to sign up:
May 30 – Saturday – Huachuca Mountains Elegant Trogon Survey
Learn more at www.aziba.org.
June 25-26, 2015 in Phoenix
Classroom Session. June 25. 12:30 pm-5:00 pm, Arizona Game and Fish Department,
5000 W. Carefree Highway, Phoenix, AZ 85086-5000
Map – Phoenix
Field Session. June 26. 7:00 am-12:00 pm, BLM’s Agua Fria National Monument. Continue reading
CONCLUDED FOR THE SEASON! The last walk was on Monday, May 25, 2015. Join us Monday mornings for guided bird walks at Gordon Lewis’ place (The Rancho Gulag). We will meet at 7 am, and the mostly flat, 2 mile walk will last about 2 hours. Birds we will try to see are the usual San Pedro River specialties, but who knows? …the property is only about 2 miles from Mexico…
To reach the starting point, drive south from Sierra Vista on State Route 92 for about 12 miles, past the small town of Palominas. Just past the town, you will see a rusty Quonset hut on your left. The entrance gate, just beyond the Quonset hut, is labeled with number 10663 (Drive in about 100 yds. to the parking area). If you reach the bridge over the San Pedro River, you have gone about 200 yds. past the entrance gate.
Bring water, sun protection, and walking shoes. The walks are free.
For more information, contact Rick Romea (520-803-1160, firstname.lastname@example.org) or Bill Brown (209-665-1512,email@example.com).
The Programs Chair position is currently vacant, so no upcoming monthly meetings are scheduled. If Huachuca Audubon Society members are interested in organizing monthly programs or other lectures and events, please email firstname.lastname@example.org to get involved.
Larry McQueen illustration
Aaron Haiman at UC Davis <email@example.com> is conducting research on Evening Grosbeak behavior and needs your help. If you are interested in recording the vocalizations of Evening Grosbeaks, especially the Mexican subspecies , read on…!
Rustler Park, Stewart & Sunny Flat campgrounds reopen
Tucson, AZ (March 26, 2015) – For Immediate Release. The Coronado National Forest, Douglas Ranger District, will reopen Rustler Park Campground and Forest Road 42D from the campground to its terminus at Long Park. The campground and road are expected to open Friday, March 27, 2015, following seasonal winter closure. Vehicles up to 22 feet in length can be accommodated.
Stewart (maximum vehicle length 16 feet) and Sunny Flat (maximum vehicle length 28 feet) campgrounds will also reopen March 27. The campgrounds were temporarily closed due to flooding in 2014. They may be subject to future closures depending on forecasted large precipitation events in the vicinity. Recreationists are advised to plan accordingly by following updated weather forecasts.
[From the AZNMbirds listserv and RBA hotline 23 Feb 2015: Sinaloa Wren continues]
Update March 1st!
In Huachuca Canyon on Ft. Huachuca, the *SINALOA WREN continued on 2/25
(Lynn Daugherty) at the lower picnic area about 70 yards downstream (north)
of the bridge.
*RUFOUS-CAPPED WARBLERS were reported again in Hunter Canyon (between
Miller and Ash Canyons) on 2/20 (Bruce Berman). The birds have been seen
about 0.7 miles up the trail from the end of Hunter Canyon Road just as the
trail enters the grove of trees.
An ever-changing cast of birders saw the Sinaloa Wren off and on from 8-9:30 a.m. It was silent today, but very active. It was seen on both sides of the stream, from the culvert/bridge and downstream for some distance.
Other birds of note: Montezuma Quail – 1 flushed from the side trail downstream through the oaks; Hepatic Tanager -2 a pair, calling; and Painted Redstart – 1.
Cheers, Erika Wilson
After 15 years as Ramsey Canyon Christmas Bird Count compiler, Ted Mouras will step down.
If you know someone interested in taking over as compiler, contact Ted at firstname.lastname@example.org (phone: 803-0221).