Rare Bird Alert: August 9, 2012

The Austin Area Rare Bird Alert is a service of the Travis Audubon Society. This update is as of 11:30 on August 9, 2012. Send interesting sightings–complete with species name, location, and contact information–to Kenny Anderson at kennya290@gmail.com.

I skipped last week due to lack of reports/activity. Looks like I could again this week, but I will go forth to encourage myself to get out more. Lots of the expected southward migrant activity is underway, there must be a gem out there.

Rarities Found This Week:

2 Juvenile Snowy Plovers continue in the Tow area of the western shore of Lake Buchanan in Llano County. These juveniles are good evidence that breeding has occured in the area. 7/28

A Zone-tailed Hawk was seen near the Llano boatramp in Llano County on 7/28.

2 Fulvous Whistling Ducks were viewed on Earhardt Road near the Hope Valley Tree Farm in Bastrop County on 7/27.

The Highland Mall in Austin had an update on the Purple Martin Roost on 7/28- spectacular numbers were mentioned.

A male Yellow-headed Blackbird was photographed at Hornsby Bend on 7/28. The checklist has them at less than 5 records per season for July- perhaps a bit over-stated.

I’d love to hear from you with your bird sightings…

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 nollanderson@sbcglobal.net or kennya290@gmail.com.

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

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