Rare Bird Alert: August 21 – September 3

This is the Austin Area Rare Bird Alert. Last update on 9/3/20.  Send interesting sightings, complete with species name, location, and contact information to Vincent O’Brien at vincentobrienbirds@gmail.com.
An adult light morph POMARINE JAEGER was photographed and observed by many at Granger Lake, Williamson, 9/1. The jaeger was seen patrolling the lake, with several visits to the dam which provided good looks from the overlook pullout. Last reported on 9/2.  Updates appreciated!
A small group of CANADA GOOSE continue and were photographed along Witter Lane, Temple, Bell, 8/23. And another group of thirteen geese were photographed from the Turkey Bend area, Travis, 8/23.
LESSER NIGHTHAWK continues at Hornsby Bend, Travis, 8/28.
VIRGINIA RAIL continues to be described and photographed at Devine Lake along the east side near the willows, Williamson, 8/29.
A SHORT-BILLED DOWITCHER was photographed from Stillhouse Lake, Bell, 8/23.

A juvenile LAUGHING GULL continues to be well described and photographed from Devine Lake, Williamson, 9/3.
A COMMON LOON was photographed from the east side of Lake Buchanan, Burnet, 8/16. Additional report from the same area on 8/25.
A juvenile BROWN PELICAN continues to be seen and photographed at Granger Lake, Williamson, 9/3.
A SWALLOW-TAILED KITE was observed and photographed gliding above an agricultural field near FM969 and FM1209, Bastrop, 8/21.
BALD EAGLEs continue to be described and photographed from the Lake Buchanan area, with a pair of adult eagles seen perched in willows near the Sore Finger section of the lake, Williamson, 8/25. A additional adult photographed from the Willis Creek Wildlife Area, Williamson, 8/29.
HARRIS’S HAWK was photographed along Grand Avenue Parkway, Williamson, 8/22. And another reported and photographed from a private residence, Williamson, 8/30.
A family group of RED-HEADED WOODPECKERs continue to be observed from Bastrop State Park, Bastrop, 8/31.
A family group of BLACK PHOEBEs continue at Hamilton Pool, Travis, 9/3.
Several reports of lingering BLACK-CAPPED VIREOs in the circle. One vireo was photographed and continued at Warbler Woods, Guadalupe, 8/30. Another vireo from a private residence along the west side of Austin, Travis, 8/29. And as many as three birds described from a closed section of Balcones Canyonlands, Travis, 9/3.
A pair of TUFTED TITMOUSE continue from CR428 and CR361, Williamson, 8/23.
A female type PRAIRIE WARBLER was photographed near the bird blind at Commons Ford Park, Travis, 8/22.
A BLACK-THROATED GRAY WARBLER was photographed visiting a water feature at a private residence near the Barton Creek Habitat Preserve area, Travis, 8/29-31.
A CANADA WARLBER was photographed bathing at a water feature from a private residence, Gonzales, 8/24.
A female SCARLET TANAGER was described from Hornsby Bend, Travis, 8/30.
WESTERN TANAGER was photographed visiting a water feature at a private residence, Gonzales, 8/30.
A female ROSE-BREASTED GROSBEAK was photographed visiting a feeder at a private residence, Bastrop, 8/31.
A pair of BLACK-HEADED GROSBEAKs continue to be detailed and photographed from a private residence, Burnet, 8/27. And an additional young male grosbeak was photographed at a private residence, Gonzales, 9/1.
Reports for the Austin area RBA cover a 60-mile radius, centered on the Capitol in downtown Austin. Bird sightings mentioned here have been filtered and studied by the compiler and are believed to be genuine. Photo or audio documentation for species with challenging IDs will be mentioned if they are known to exist.