Rare Bird Alert: March 29, 2012

(The Austin area Rare Bird Alert is a service of the Travis Audubon Society. This update is as of 11:00 on March 29, 2012. Send interesting sightings–complete with species name, location, and contact information–to Kenny Anderson.)

Rarities Found This Week

2 Whooping Cranes were seen on Fort Hood. They were on the south shore of Belton Reservoir on 3/28 in Bell County.

1 Horned Grebe on Belton Lake Outdoor Recreation Area (on the western border) was a nice find on March 28 in Bell County.

A female Broad-tailed Hummingbird visited an Austin feeder on 3/28,29 in Travis County. The same yard hosted a male Broad-tailed for several weeks this winter.

Green-tailed Towhee was recorded on the Lake Creek Trail (east of the large baseball field) on 3/25 in Williamson County.

A Lark Bunting was seen on Post Oak Road adjacent to Big Webberville Park in Travis County on 3/24.

Continuing Birds From Previous Week

A Hutton’s Vireo continues at Warbler Woods in Guadalupe County 3/23,24,26.

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.