Rare Bird Alert: January 4, 2013

The Austin Area Rare Bird Alert is a service of the Travis Audubon Society. This update is as of 3:30 on January 4, 2013. Send interesting sightings–complete with species name, LOCATION, and contact information–to Kenny Anderson at kennya290@gmail.com.


Rarities Found This Week:

A confirmation of a Rough-legged Hawk (dark form) was made on 1/1/13 at Riverbend Park in Bastrop County–a highly probable earlier sighting came in from nearby Loop Road about a week ago.

A juvenile Ferruginous Hawk was behind Lowe’s in Bastrop on 12/29,30.

Zone-tailed Hawks were described on 12/28 in Austin. An adult was studied at Camp Mabry’s Ponds and a juvenile was on Dunlap Road in east Austin.

Black Phoebe was reported on the Guadalupe River in Guadalupe County on 12/29/12.

A Calliope Hummingbird has been at a South Austin residence 1/1/13.

The Granger CBC reported 5 Whooping Cranes, Red-headed Woodpecker, Nashville Warbler, and Dickcissel as highlights. 12/29/12 A count week Common Goldeneye on 12/28 on Granger Lake.

Lost Pines CBC had a report of Painted Bunting at the Utley Cemetery12/29/12.

An Anna’s Hummingbird is at a Blanco County home 12/28/12- 1/1/13.

Broad-tailed Hummingbird reports come from a Blanco home having 2 males 12/28, a west Austin residence photographed on 1/2/13, 2 birds at a central Austin residence 1/2/13.

Common Goldeneyes in Austin are around with a female continuing at Hornsby Bend’s Pond 2 and a male and female photographed around the Longhorn Dam 12/30/12-1/1/13.

Rusty Blackbird was reported at a Bastrop County home 12/29/12.

Continuing From Previous Week:

Whooping Cranes at Granger Lake, seen from Friendship Park 12/29-1/2. 2-5 birds.

Harris’s Hawk
was photographed on Fagerquist Road in the Elroy area of Travis County 12/29 and seen from Kellam Road and Elroy road on 12/30.

Buff-bellied Hummingbird
continued at the Platt Lane trail head of Hornsby Bend 12/29-1/1.

A Prairie Warbler is spending the winter at a Gonzales County home 12/24-1/2.

A Curve-billed Thrasher was photographed at Warbler Woods 12/30/12 in Guadalupe County.

Vermilion Flycatchers: Berry Springs Park in Williamson County 1/3, Granger Lake on 1/1 in Williamson County, Decker Lake 12/29 in Travis County.

Red-headed Woodpecker
continues at Berry springs in Williamson County 1/1/13.

White Ibis
, a juvenile, lingers around the Longhorn Dam in Austin 1/1/13.

At least one Western Sandpiper is at Hornsby Bend’s 1 west as of 1/1/13.

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.