Rare Bird Alert: March 1, 2013

The Austin Area Rare Bird Alert is a service of the Travis Audubon Society. This update is as of 10:30 on February 28, 2013. Send interesting sightings–complete with species name, LOCATION, and contact information–to Kenny Anderson at kennya290@gmail.com.

Rarities Found This Week:

  • An adult White-tailed Hawk was nicely described on CR378 in Williamson County, near Granger Lake on 2/24. The same trip yielded a Prairie Falcon on CR354 at CR350.
  • A Black-throated Gray Warbler is a very difficult to see bird in the circle, a return bird from previous years is not chaseable near Stokes Park in Hays County–sighting 2/27.
  • A Zone-tailed Hawk was seen on Lower Elgin Road, near the old iron bridge in Bastrop County 2/23.

Continuing From Previous Weeks:

  • Whooping Cranes continue to be seen wintering in the Granger Lake area. Updates 2/23-27 from both the lake and the agricultural areas just north of the lake.
  • Buff-bellied Hummingbird on the River Trail at Hornsby Bend was seen 2/26. Bird is at the Platt Lane trailhead.
  • An American Bittern was photographed at Mueller Austin Prairie Restoration Pond on 2/27.
  • A Horned Grebe on Lake Travis in Travis County remained as of 2/23.
  • A Peregrine Falcon was watched on the Frost Bank Building in downtown Austin on 2/25. Previous reports of 2 Peregrine Falcons at this sight have been received.
  • Berry Springs Park in Williamson County has Red-headed Woodpecker reports on 2/22,26 and Vermilion Flycatcher 2/27.
  • A Curve-billed Thrasher is at home at Warbler Woods 2/27 (Guadalupe County)

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.