Rare Bird Alert: May 4, 2012

(The Austin area Rare Bird Alert is a service of the Travis Audubon Society. This update is as of May 4, 2012. Send interesting sightings–complete with species name, location, and contact information–to Kenny Anderson.)

Rarities Found This Week

A flyover Caspian Tern at Hornsby Bend on 4/29 was a nice record.

5 Lark Buntings were off Gooseneck Road in Bell County on 4/26.

A Snowy Plover was photographed at Hornsby Bend (between Pond 1 East and 1 West) on 4/29. The bird was relocated 5/1

Hutton’s Vireos were photographed building a nest at Warbler Woods in Guadalupe County 4/27-5/3. Hutton’s Vireo was described at the Balcones Canyonlands NWR headquarters on 4/27.

Lazuli Buntings were reported as a single male from Hornsby Bend 4/30, 3 (2 males, 1 female) birds were photographed at Granger Lake where the San Gabriel River runs into Granger Lake 5/2, and 1 at Warbler Woods 4/30.

Great Kiskadees were reported: a single from a western Travis County neighborhood 5/1, one photographed at West Bouldin Greenbelt 5/1, and one seen at the 183 and I35 intersection in Travis County 5/3.

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.