Rare Bird Alert: February 16, 2012

(The Austin area Rare Bird Alert is a service of the Travis Audubon Society. This update is as of 9:40 on February 16, 2012. Send interesting sightings–complete with species name, location, and contact information–to Kenny Anderson.)

Rarities Found This Week

3 more Whooping Cranes were photographed in the Granger Lake area, making 9 total. The lake’s water level has risen and they are roosting on the lake and feeding in nearby fields. Reports 2/10,11,14,16.

A Broad-tailed Hummingbird is visiting a feeder at a home along Shoal Creek in Austin 2/11,16.

4 Rusty Blackbirds were seen at Mankin’s Crossing in Williamson County 2/14.

A Laughing Gull was viewed between the HEB, Tractor Store, and the Walmart in Bastrop on 2/10.

Continuing Birds From Previous Week

Tundra Swan continues to be seen on Salt Lake in Guadalupe County 2/12,16.

Common Merganser lingers at a private enterprise in Williamson County 2/13,14.

Sage Thrashers were reported at Granger Lake in Williamson County on 2/11 and a private home in northwest Travis County 2/10.

Rusty Blackbirds are being seen at Hornsby Bend with reports on 2/12,13.

I continue to get word of Lesser Goldfinches turning up further and further east. This week a report came from east Manor Road in Austin.

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.