Rare Bird Alert: March 15, 2012

(The Austin area Rare Bird Alert is a service of the Travis Audubon Society. This update is as of 10:30 March 15, 2012. Send interesting sightings–complete with species name, location, and contact information–to Kenny Anderson.)

Rarities Found This Week

A Ross’s Goose was seen on CR 360 in Williamson County on 3/13.

4 Broad-winged Hawks were a tad early flying over an Utley residence on 3/11.

Continuing Birds From Previous Week

A Broad-tailed Hummingbird continues to be seen at an Austin home 3/11,13.

Zone-tailed Hawk was seen flying over Colorado Chapel Cemetery in Bastrop County 3/14. Another Zone-tailed was reported at Warbler Woods in Guadalupe County 3/11.

A Great Kiskadee was heard calling upstream from Little Webberville Park 3/14 (Travis).

48 Horned Grebes is a nice tally, on Lake Buchanan at Black Rock Park in Llano County, for March 11.

Say’s Phoebes again were reported at the Llano County Boat Ramp on 3/11 and Willis Creek Park in Williamson County.

Lark Buntings continue to have a strong presence in the area with reports from: 13 on Carlson Road in Travis County on 3/10, 130 on the north side of Alligator Road in Williamson County 3/13, and 3 seen on CR 421 in Williamson County on 3/13.

Rusty Blackbirds were viewed again on 3/10,13 on Witter Lane in Bell County. 20-25 birds are present.

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.