Rare Bird Alert: October 19, 2012

The Austin Area Rare Bird Alert is a service of the Travis Audubon Society. This update is as of 12:34 on October 19, 2012. Send interesting sightings–complete with species name, LOCATION, and contact information–to Kenny Anderson at kennya290@gmail.com.

Exceptional Sighting

A Ruddy Ground-Dove is being seen at Crescent Bend Nature Park in Schertz. This bright male has been photographed near the park’s intersection of Omar and Bluegill Streets. Details of sightings of this snazzy bird should be sent to the Texas Bird Records Committee. (Bexar County 10/5-18)

Rarities Found This Week

A White-tailed Kite was photographed on 10/16 from the Nalle Bunny Run Preserve in Travis County. The bird was a fly-over migrant.

A Blue-winged Warbler was seen at Crescent Bend Nature Park on 10/7, a nice addition to a Ruddy Ground-Dove sighting.

The Hornsby Bend Survey that was on 10/13, turned up some interesting finds: Upland Sandpiper, Ovenbird and a Blue Grosbeak.

A Mississippi Kite was seen from a west Austin home on 10/13 (Travis County)

The West Bouldin Greenbelt in South Austin has hosted a Magnolia Warbler 10/14-19. A Red-eyed Vireo on 10/14 and a report of a Philadelphia Vireo on 10/18.

A Curve-billed Thrasher was seen at Warbler Woods on 10/3 in Guadalupe County.

Several reports of Red-breasted Nuthatches from private homes in the circle indicate early predictions of an irruptive year are going to be correct. How about one for my house?

Escaped Exotic

A Demoiselle Crane was photographed on a west Austin homes property on 10/1, must have been fun to look out the window and see that.

Reports for the Austin area RBA cover a 60 mile radius, centeredfrom the Capitol in downtown Austin. The circle extends north to Belton (Bell County), south to Leesville (Gonzales County), east to SomervilleWMA (Lee Burleson County), and west to Blumenthal (Gillespie County).Birdsightings 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 kennya290@gmail.com.

-Kenny Anderson, Rare Bird Alert Compiler, Travis Audubon Society

To view our archive of previous RBA reports, click here.