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#ABArare – Tufted Flycatcher – Arizona

It was not so long ago that Tufted Flycatcher (ABA Code 4) was among the rarest birds north of the Mexican border, but in recent years it has become annual in Arizona, even attempting to breed. That trend continues in 2018 where Tufted Flycatchers have been reported in the last week at two different sites where they have been recorded in the past, Ramsey Canyon and Carr Canyon, both in Cochise County, Arizona.

This Tufted Flycatcher was photographed in Carr Canyon, where it is one of two birds discovered last week. A third bird has since been found in Ramsey Canyon as well. Photo: Barry McKenzie

The Carr Canyon birds were found at Reef Townsite Campground, in the Coronado National Forest south of Sierra Vista on Carr Canyon Road. Beware that passage on that road is difficult and a high-clearance vehicle is recommended.

The Ramsey Canyon birds are in the Upper Canyon, along the Hamburg trail about 1/3 mile past the Brown Canyon trail junction. Birders should note that the hike is a difficult one, and should prepare adequate time and resources to make it all the way there and back should they attempt to find this bird.

As mentioned above, this is the 11th or so record of this species in the ABA Area, and it has been annual in recent years. Since the first record in Big Bend National Park in November 1991, it has been several times in Arizona, typically in the southeast corner but as far north as Mohave, and three additional times in Texas (Pecos 1993, Brewster 2010-11, Kleberg 2014).

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Nate Swick

Nate Swick

Editor, Social Media Manager at American Birding Association
Nate Swick is the editor of the American Birding Association Blog, social media manager for the ABA, and the host of the American Birding Podcast. He lives in Greensboro, North Carolina, with his wife, Danielle, and two young children. He is the author of Birding for the Curious and The ABA Field Guide to Birds of the Carolinas.
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