Rare Bird Alert: January 19, 2012

(The Austin area Rare Bird Alert is a service of the Travis Audubon Society. This update is as of 10:45 January 19, 2012. Send interesting sightings–complete with species name, location, and contact information–to Kenny Anderson.)

Rarities Found This Week

2 Prairie Falcons were seen on Pieper Road near Dauer Ranch Road on 1/16.

5 Mountain Bluebirds were reported at Tejas Camp in Williamson County on 1/16.

A Sage Thrasher was photographed at the Wildlife Viewing Area of Pace Bend Park in western Travis County on 1/14.

A Yellow Breasted Chat was below Lake Wood near Gonzales on 1/15.

A Red-naped Sapsucker was studied at a private residence along Baton Creek in Austin on1/14.

Continuing Birds From Previous Week

Tundra Swan continues to be mostly reliable at Salt Lake with last report 1/16. Bird can be seen from ROW- but property surrounding the lake is private property.

6 Whooping Cranes are lingering at Granger Lake (WOOT WOOT). 4 adults and 2 juveniles were reported 0n 1/13,14, 16,17 and 3 individuals were reported 1/13,14.

A Common Merganser has moved down to a private property east of Round Rock in Williamson County, last report 1/13/12.

An Anna’s Hummingbird was seen at a west Austin residence on 1/13,14,18.

4 Black-bellied Plovers remain at Granger Lake 1/14.

A Sage Thrasher is seen at Sunset Valley, behind the Town Hall. Last seen 1/14.

2 Green-tailed Towhees are being seen on River Road in western Travis County 1/14.

1 Say’s Phoebe was seen at the boat dock adjacent the Wildlife Viewing area of Pace Bend Park in Travis1/16.

An American Bittern is visiting an Austin pond 1/16.

Rusty Blackbirds are a trash bird at Hornsby, delighting locals who so frequently get to savor their presence.

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.