Rare Bird Alert: February 9, 2012

(The Austin area Rare Bird Alert is a service of the Travis Audubon Society. This update is as of 7:30 on February 9, 2012. Send interesting sightings–complete with species name, location, and contact information–to Kenny Anderson.)

Rarities Found This Week

A male Scott’s Oriole was photographed at a ranch 10 miles west of Hamilton Pool in Blanco County on 1/30

A Ferruginous Hawk was photographed on Loop Road east of Smithville on 2/3 in Bastrop County.

A Prairie Falcon was observed on a field north of the CR360 and CR359 junction on 2/5 in Williamson County.

A Sage Thrasher was seen at the Pecan Grove WMA in Williamson County on 2/7.

Continuing Birds From Previous Week

Tundra Swan continues at Salt Lake in Guadalupe County 2/7.

Common Merganser continues at a private enterprise in Williamson County 2/7.

Whooping Cranes continue at Granger Lake with 6 birds seen 2/4,5.

Indigo Bunting remained at a Bastrop County feeder 2/5

Western Grebe lingers at Lake Georgetown, seen from Overlook Park 2/8.

A Broad-tailed Hummingbird was seen again at a private north Austin residence 2/3.

Sage Thrasher is behind Sunset Valley’s town Hall in the mesquite thicket on 2/4.

A female Greater Scaup is at Hornsby Bend’s Pond 2/4.

Rusty Blackbirds delight at Hornsby with 9 birds seen 2/4 around the CER building and around Pond 1 West.

Green-tailed Towhee is at the Hill Country Conservancy’s nalle Bunny Run Preserve 2/7.

Lark Buntings
had numerous reports, it is there year to be seen around the circle.

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.