Rare Bird Alert: February 14, 2013

The Austin Area Rare Bird Alert is a service of the Travis Audubon Society. This update is as of 8:45 on February 14, 2013. Send interesting sightings–complete with species name, LOCATION, and contact information–to Kenny Anderson at kennya290@gmail.com.

Rarities Found This Week:

  • A Virginia Rail has been seen/heard along the creek just north of the pond at Mabel Davis Park in Austin 2/6-8 (Travis)
  • An alternate plumage Franklin’s Gull was scoped from Blue Goose Road at the Austin Landfill in Travis County on 2/9
  • I am curious about a few unconfirmed reports of a Pacific Loon from Canyon Lake’s Potters Creek Park in Comal County; does anyone have any information or details?

Continuing From Previous Weeks:

  • Whooping Cranes at Granger Lake and the surrounding agricultural area were updated with 1 seen from Willis Creek Park on 2/8,10, 7 from Granger Dam Road 2/8, and 3 seen on CR 352 south of Alligator Road 2/9.
  • A Prairie Falcon was briefly viewed on Harry Lind Road in Travis County on 2/9.
  • A Zone-tailed Hawk was just below Mansfield Dam again on 2/12 in Travis County. A Red-breasted Merganser and 2 Common Goldeneyes are also below the dam.
  • Buff-bellied Hummingbird is reliable at Hornsby Bend in Travis County near the Platt lane River Trailhead 2/9,10
  • Broad-tailed Hummingbirds continuing at two residences in Austin had an update 2/13.
  • 2 Red-breasted Mergansers and a Common Loon were reported on Lake Travis from Windy Point in Travis County.
  • 2 Peregrine Falcons were seen at the University of Texas on 2/9- birds have been in the downtown Austin area for a while- updates encouraged.
  • A Curve-billed Thrasher remains at Warbler Woods in Guadalupe County 2/13.
  • The section of the Lower Colorado River around the Longhorn Dam in Austin continues to have a White Ibis (2/8,11), Couch’s Kingbirds (2/12-14), Least Grebe, and Ringed Kingfishers (2/12).
  • 2 Couch’s Kingbirds are at Riverbend Park in Smithville (2/14) and Ringed Kingfisher was a flyby at Bob Bryant Park in Bastrop (2/12) in Bastrop County.

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.