This is the Austin Area Rare Bird Alert and has been updated through
9/13/2019. To report rare or unusual bird sightings in the Austin area, provide
recent sighting updates, or inquire about location details on birds listed
below, please send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org. If submitting a
bird sighting, please include species name, location details, and contact
information. County names below are in italics.
UPDATE: photographs confirm a brief morning visit by a worn adult female BUFF-BELLIED HUMMINGBIRD on private property in Henly, Hays, on 8/29.
**Bird of the week** In Travis, a male CAPE MAY WARBLER was photographed on 9/12 at Hornsby Bend WTP, likely from the River Trail near Pond 3. This could possibly be the same bird from last winter returning for another winter. Note: Featured image is not the aforementioned photograph.
Parksville Way retention pond in Cedar Park, Williamson, continues to host at least one LEAST GREBE through 9/9.
A LEAST BITTERN was observed fleetingly at Parksville Way rentention pond in Cedar Park, Williamson, on 9/7. Unfortunately, there were no subsequent sightings this week.
Upwards of 4 RED-NECKED PHALAROPES have been reported on Pond 2 at Hornsby Bend WTP, Travis, through 9/12. A report of as many as 5 last week was in error. As is typical of southbound shorebirds, their stopover period averages 7-10 days.
A RINGED KINGFISHER was well documented from Lake Creek Trail, near the Parmer Lane dam, Williamson, on 9/7.
A COUCH’S KINGBIRD was reported from Devine Lake Park and Coventry Crossing Park, also in Williamsonthrough 9/7.
**side note: any yellow-bellied kingbirds seen after 9/1 should be carefully studied and not assumed to be one of the summer regulars. Even juvenile Western Kingbirds, hatched locally, are typically gone by 9/1.