Rare Bird Alert: Dec. 1-11

This is the Austin Area Rare Bird Alert.  Last update on 12/11/2019.  Send interesting sightings, complete with species name, location, and contact information to Vincent O’Brien at vincentobrienbirds@gmail.com

Rarities found this week
BLACK-CROWNED NIGHT-HERON continues along the north shore, seen perched in oak, at Pedernales River Nature Park, Blanco, 12/2.
A WHITE-TAILED HAWK was photographed at the Granger Lake Area, Williamson, 12/7.
ZONE-TAILED HAWK was described from private property in Bastrop, 12/4.
RED-HEADED WOODPECKER continues and was noted/photographed at Bastrop State Park, Bastrop, 12/6.
A GOLDEN-FRONTED WOODPECKER was described from Peggy Garner Park, Williamson, 12/8.
A female RED-NAPED SAPSUCKER continues at a private residence in Leander, Travis, 12/10.
PILEATED WOODPECKER was described from Witter Lane, Bell, 12/8.
VERMILLION FLYCATCHERs continue in the circle, with one holding around Pond 3 at Hornsby Bend, 12/7.  And a resident male seen and photographed at Mudd Cove, Pace Bend Park, Travis, 12/5.
A GREAT-CRESTED FLYCATCHER continues at Hornsby Bend, Travis, 12/7.
HUTTON’S VIREO was photographed at the water feature on private property, Gonzales, 12/5.  And a second individual continues at Warbler Woods, Guadalupe, 12/8.
A resident TUFTED TITMOUSE was noted from the CR428 and CR361 area, Williamson, 12/8.
Solo MARSH WRENs noted from bunchgrass along Miller Creek, Yeager Creek Rd., Blanco, 12/2.  And a far flung  Eastern individual (C. palustris) detailed from switchgrass by the spring at Pedernales River Nature Park, Blanco, 12/2.
GRAY CATBIRD was noted from the Sun City Legacy Hills Park, Williamson, 12/5.
A group of CHESTNUT-COLLARED LONGSPUR were studied at the Round Mountain Stock Tank area, Blanco, 12/2.
An adult and juvenile WHITE-CROWNED SPARROW (DARK-LORED) were described along Yeager Creek Rd., Blanco, 12/2.
GREEN-TAILED TOWHEE continues on private property, Travis, 12/9.
An AUDUBON’S ORIOLE was photographed by a trail camera as it visited the water feature at a private residence, Gonzales, 12/8.
RUSTY BLACKBIRDs continue around Pond 3 at Hornsby Bend, Travis, 12/7.
A stunning male BLACK-THROATED BLUE WARBLER continues at a private residence in Comal, 12/3.
YELLOW-RUMPED WARBLER (AUDUBON’S) was photographed at Lake Creek Trail-West, Williamson, 12/7.
A male WILSON’S WARBLER was photographed and detailed from the Waller Creek area of the University of Texas, Travis, 12/3.
A female PYRRHULOXIA continues to be seen and photographed at Reimers Ranch Park, Travis, 12/7.
INDIGO BUNTING, female type, was photographed and studied at a non-public research site of the University of Texas, Travis, 12/8.
A male PAINTED BUNTING continues to be seen and photographed at a private residence, Travis, 12/4.
A lone DICKCISSEL was photographed at Lake Creek Trail-West, Williamson, 12/6.