Rare Bird Alert: March 7, 2013

The Austin Area Rare Bird Alert is a service of the Travis Audubon Society. This update is as of 11:00 on March 7, 2013. Send interesting sightings–complete with species name, LOCATION, and contact information–to Kenny Anderson at kennya290@gmail.com.

Rarities Found This Week:

  • Somewhat an exceptional find in the time-of-year category is a Least Bittern found at Laguna Gloria in Austin on 2/27. The bird was photographed on 3/1,2 in Travis County.
  • A Calliope Hummingbird was photographed at an Austin home on 3/1.
  • Only one Whooping Crane report from Granger Lake came on 3/3 with 2 birds on CR352 (Williamson County)
  • Prairie Falcon remains in the Granger area as of 3/3, with a report of one at CR354 and CR350.
  • Buff-bellied Hummingbird continues at Hornsby Bend with records on 3/2,3. Unfortunately a fire on the compost drying beds has the entire facility closed until further notice.
  • A nice description of a possible Golden Eagle came from the area of the Pennybacker Bridge in west Austin on 2/27.
  • White Ibis remains below Longhorn Dam on 3/1- juvenile plumage is being replaced with adult white feathers.
  • Red-headed Woodpecker on 3/2 at Berry Springs Park in Georgetown is a nice lingering bird. (Willliamson County)

Fairly short list for the week; is this computer working? Make my day, get out and find something.

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.

 

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