Rare Bird Alert: April 5, 2013

The Austin Area Rare Bird Alert is a service of the Travis Audubon Society. This update is as of 8:30 on April 5, 2013. Send interesting sightings–complete with species name, LOCATION, and contact information–to Kenny Anderson at kennya290@gmail.com.

Rarities Found This Week:

  • A Whimbrel at Slough Pond in Bell County on 3/22 was a nice Central Texas find.
  • A Horned Grebe (3/23) and photographed Chestnut-collared Longspurs (3/23-29) were at at Bob Wentz County Park/ Windy Point in Travis County. 2 Snowy Plovers were photographed on 3/30 at Windy Point. Common Loon continues at Lake Travis with latest word 4/4.
  • A Zone-tailed Hawk was seen near River Place Boulevard and Bullick Hollow in western Travis County on 4/2.
  • A Black-headed Grosbeak and a Broad-tailed Hummingbird were at a Blanco County residence on 3/22.
  • A migratory female Black-capped Vireo was found on 3/24 at West Bouldin Greenbelt in South Austin. The bird was photographed on 3/26. (Travis)
  • A migratory Golden-cheeked Warbler was photographed at the Lake Creek Trail in Williamson County on 3/23.
  • A Blue-winged Warbler at an Utley home on 3/25 was a nice find (Bastrop).
  • Virginia Rails were detected in Travis County at the Colorado River Wildlife Preserve on 3/31 and at Hornsby Bend’s Platt Pond 4/5.
  • A female Eastern Towhee was described at the Slaughter Creek Trail, off of 1826, in Travis County on 3/28 in Travis County.
  • An American Bittern at Laguna Gloria on 4/2,3 was a good Travis County bird.
  • A Yellow-headed Blackbird was photographed at a Bell County home on 4/4.
  • Hutton’s Vireo was reported from Warbler Woods in Guadalupe County on 3/22-4/5.

Reports for the Austin area RBA cover a 60 mile radius, centered from the Capitol in downtown Austin. Bird sightings mentioned here have been filtered and scrutinized by the compiler and are believed to be genuine. When documentation or photographs were provided 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 kennya290@gmail.com

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

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


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