Rare Bird Alert: September 21, 2012

The Austin Area Rare Bird Alert is a service of the Travis Audubon Society. This update is as of September 21, 2012. Send interesting sightings–complete with species name, LOCATION, and contact information–to Kenny Anderson at kennya290@gmail.com.

Rarities Found This Week:

  • A Blackpoll Warbler returned to the section of the Lower Colorado River below Longhorn Dam in Austin on 9/15.  The bird was seen between the two creek terminus, immediately next to the river.  Last year the bird did linger, so updates are welcomed. (Travis)
  • A Bay-breasted Warbler, a rare fall migrant in Central Texas, was seen in the Old Bastrop neighborhood on 9/20. (Bastrop)
  • A Worm-eating Warbler was at the Lake Creek Trail in Williamson County on 9/17.
  • An interesting photograph of a Solitary Vireo on the Lake Creek Trail in Williamson County on 9/17 was on the Texbirds Facebook page.  The gray-day, low-light photograph was suggestive of Plumbeous/Cassin’s.
  • Scarlet Tanagers, unusual in the southward movement, a male at The Colony Subdivision in Austin 918, and a report of a female at Hornsby Bend on 9/02.
  • Hooded Warblers were at: a male at West Bouldin Greenbelt 9/14-17 (photo) and a female below the Zilker Nature Preserve- along the river upstream from the Rowing Dock on9/17. Travis
  • A Cassin’s Sparrow was nicely documented with a photo at Roy Guerrero Park in Austin 9/12. (Travis)
  • A Chestnut-sided Warbler was noted at a private enterprise in Bastrop County on 9/20.
  • Magnolia Warblers were noted at Roy Guerrero Park in Austin on 9/15 and photographed at Warbler Woods 9/21.
  • A Long-billed Curlew was beside Sayersville Road in Bastrop on 9/20.
  • Red-breasted Nuthatches were reported (2) from Big Webberville Park on 9/18, 21 and at a feeder at residence in Austin on 9/21

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.