Rare Bird Alert: January 10, 2013

The Austin Area Rare Bird Alert is a service of the Travis Audubon Society. This update is as of 10:00 on January 10, 2013. Send interesting sightings–complete with species name, LOCATION, and contact information–to Kenny Anderson at kennya290@gmail.com.

Rarities Found This Week:

  • A White-tailed Hawk was on CR345, just south of CR346 in Williamson County on 1/10.
  • Prairie Falcon was photographed on Alligator Road in Bell County on 1/4.
  • A Prairie Falcon was on Harry Lind Road between Carlson Road and Lund Carlson in Travis County on 1/10.
  • Ferruginous Hawk continues on Loop Road / Shipp Lake area in Bastrop County 1/6.
  • Whooping Cranes at Granger Lake remain with reports of 3 seen from Sore Finger WMA on 1/4 and 2 seen from Willis Creek on 1/6.
  • A nice description of a male Calliope Hummingbird at an Austin home 1/7 (Travis)
  • Buff-bellied Hummingbird continues at Hornsby Bend’s Platt Lane trailhead 1/4,5,10
  • A White-breasted Nuthatch was observed on Old Sayers Road in Bastrop County 1/6.
  • 2 Harris’s Hawks were photographed on 15 and seen 1/6 on Fagerquist Road near Elroy in Travis County.
  • A Broad-tailed Hummingbird was photographed at Laguna Gloria in Austin 1/6,7
  • A Rusty Blackbird was described at Hornsby Bend on 1/9.
  • A male Red-naped Sapsucker continues on Carlson Lane in the Carlson area of Northeast Travis County. 1/5,6
  • Hornsby Bend is also hosting Vermilion Flycatcher around Pond 2, Western Sandpiper on Pond 1 West, and 2 Common Goldeneyes photographed on Pond 2.
  • Red-headed Woodpecker continues at Berry Springs Park in Williamson County 1/4,5
  • A Reddish Egret lingers at Canyon Lake in Comal County–seen from Potter’s Creek Park on 1/6.
  • Couch’s Kingbirds, Least Grebe, Greater Scaup, and White Ibis are around the Longhorh Dam on the Lower Colorado River in Austin.
  • A Gray Catbird was reported at St. Edward’s Park in Austin on 1/6.

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.