Rare Bird Alert: April 20, 2012

(The Austin area Rare Bird Alert is a service of the Travis Audubon Society. This update is as of 8:54 on April 20, 2012. Send interesting sightings–complete with species name, location, and contact information–to Kenny Anderson.)

Rarities Found This Week

A Harris’s Hawk was a terrific find near Lake Bastrop. It was photographed 4/14.

A Buff-bellied Hummingbird was photographed at an Austin home 4/18,19 in Travis County.

A Lazuli Bunting and a Blue-winged Warbler were seen at the West Bouldin Greenbelt in south Austin 4/14. The Blue-winged continued to be seen 4/15.

Continuing Birds From Previous Week

A male Western Tanager continued to be seen at West Bouldin Greenbelt 4/14-17.

A second Hutton’s Vireo joined the aforementioned, the two were photographed at Warbler Woods in Guadalupe County on 4/17,19.

Broad-tailed Hummingbirds continue at both an Austin home and a Liberty Hill home as of 4/19.

Reports for the Austin area RBA cover a 60 mile radius, centered from the Capitol in downtown Austin. The circle extends north to Belton (Bell County), south to Leesville (Gonzales County), east to Somerville WMA (Lee Burleson County), and west to Blumenthal (Gillespie County). Bird sightings mentioned here have been filtered and scrutinized by the compiler and are believed to be genuine. When documentation or photographs were provide, that is mentioned along with the other information about the bird(s) being seen.

For questions or updates about birds mentioned here or to report rare or unusual bird sightings in the Austin area, please send an e-mail to nollanderson@sbcglobal.net.

-Kenny Anderson, Rare Bird Alert Compiler, Travis Audubon Society

To view our archive of previous RBA reports, click here.