Rare Bird Alert: October 20, 2016

This is the Austin Area Rare Bird Alert and has been updated through 10/20/2016. To report rare or unusual bird sightings in the Austin area, provide recent sighting updates, or inquire about location details on birds listed below, please send an email to armanmorenobirds@gmail.com. If submitting a bird sighting, please include species name, location details, and contact information.

Rarities Found This Week

  • Up to four LEAST GREBEs were found at a retention pond near the intersection of Parksville Way & Ambling Trl in Cedar Park, Williamson, on 10/18. While this species is somewhat easier to observe in the southern portion of the Circle, they are not so easy to find north of Austin.
  • Two RED-NECKED PHALAROPES were photographed on Pond 2 at Hornsby Bend, Travis, on 10/18 and continued through 10/19. At least one bird is still present through the evening of 10/20. The remaining bird is still being observed in the middle portion of the pond near the intersection of the road separating Pond 1 West and East.
  • A PRAIRIE FALCON was observed flying over Liberty Hill, Williamson, on the morning of 10/20.

Continuing Bird(s) From Previous Week

  • Two GREAT KISKADEEs continue at Berry Springs Park in Georgetown, Williamson, most recently observed on 10/20.
Reports for the Austin area RBA cover a 60-mile radius, centered on the Capitol in downtown Austin. Bird sightings mentioned here have been filtered and scrutinized by the compiler and are believed to be genuine. Photo or audio documentation for species with challenging IDs will be mentioned if they are known to exist.