Rare Bird Alert: August 23, 2012

The Austin Area Rare Bird Alert is a service of the Travis Audubon Society. This update is as of 7:55 on August 23, 2012. Send interesting sightings–complete with species name, LOCATION, and contact information–to Kenny Anderson at kennya290@gmail.com.

Rarities Found This Week:

A Great Kiskadee seen by the boat ramp at Fisherman’s Park in Bastrop County was a nice find on 8/20.

A hatch-year Red-headed Woodpecker was just outside of Bastrop State Park on 8/19.

The West Bouldin Greenbelt in south Austin hosted a Prairie Warbler 8/17,20 in Travis County.

A healthy/wild looking Greater White-fronted Goose at Slough Pond in Temple is a head-scratcher. 8/16 in Bell County.

Sayer’s Road in Bastrop County provided looks at a Yellow-headed Blackbird on 8/21.

A Philadelphia Vireo was reported at Hornsby Bend on 8/18.

A vocal Couch’s Kingbird at Roy Guerrero Park in Austin demonstrates this site as a strong-hold for what has become a range expansion of the species. 8/18.

Action has picked up considerably, I look forward to exciting reports from the field.

Reports for the Austin area RBA cover a 60 mile radius, centeredfrom the Capitol in downtown Austin. The circle extends north to Belton (Bell County), south to Leesville (Gonzales County), east to SomervilleWMA (Lee Burleson County), and west to Blumenthal (Gillespie County).Birdsightings 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 kennya290@gmail.com.

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

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