Rare Bird Alert: April 5, 2012

(The Austin area Rare Bird Alert is a service of the Travis Audubon Society. This update is as of 6:30 on April 5, 2012. Send interesting sightings–complete with species name, location, and contact information–to Kenny Anderson.)

Rarities Found This Week

NINE! Whooping Cranes were photographed migrating over a Temple home in Bell County on 4/1. 9 is a big migrant group, picture is awesome.

A Swallow-tailed Kite was seen migrating over the Fayette and Lavaca County lines on 3/30.

A Hutton’s Vireo was found on the U.S Army Corps of Engineers’ property on Lake Georgetown. The spot is publicly accessible- closest from Russel Park in Williamson County. 3/30

A Red-breasted Merganser is seen near the boat launch at Walter E. Long (Decker Lake) in Travis County- 3/28-4/4.

Continuing Birds From Previous Week

A Broad-tailed Hummingbird continues to be photographed at a Liberty Hill property as of 4/2.

A Hutton’s Vireo remains at Warbler Woods, with reports from 3/31- 4/4. (Guadalupe County)

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.