Rare Bird Alert: Dec. 24 – 31

This is the Austin Area Rare Bird Alert.  Last update on 12/31/2019.  Send interesting sightings, complete with species name, location, and contact information to Vincent O’Brien at vincentobrienbirds@gmail.com

LEAST GREBE described from the Parksville Way Retention Pond, Williamson, 12/28.
A CLARK’S GREBE was described and photographed with a group of WESTERN GREBES at Black Rock Park, Lake Buchanan, Llano, 12/25.  The grebes were holding along the south shore of the park.
ANNA’S HUMMINGBIRD was photographed at a private residence in Comal, 12/26.
AMERICAN BITTERN was described from the Mueller Greenway, Manor Rd. Ponds, Travis, 12/27.
A LITTLE BLUE HERON was found at River Bend Park, Guadalupe, 12/29.
A WHITE-TAILED HAWK continues and was photographed along Wells Ln., Travis, 12/27.
A FERRUGINOUS HAWK was photographed along CR 260 in Gonzales, 12/30.
A RINGED KINGFISHER continues to be observed and photographed at Mankin’s Crossing, Williamson, 12/26.
RED-BELLIED WOODPECKER noted from Johnson City, Blanco, 12/28.
BLACK PHOEBE continues to hold at Hamilton Pool Preserve, Travis, 12/27.
SAY’S PHOEBE continues and was photographed at Lakeway City Park, Travis, 12/30.
VERMILION FLYCATCHERs continue in the circle, with a pair of juvenile males holding at the northeast corner of Pond 3, Hornsby Bend, Travis, 12/29. A resident adult male continues at Mudd Cove, Pace Bend Park, Travis,12/25. And another male was photographed along FM 2091, Gonzales,12/30. Additional juvenile male photographed along CR 465, Gonzales,12/30.
ASH-THROATED FLYCATCHER was detailed from Cedar Point, Lake Buchanan, Llano, 12/25.
A pair of HUTTON’S VIREOs were photographed at Jasek Acres, Guadalupe, 12/27.
A TUFTED TITMOUSE was photographed in Bell, 12/28.
RED-BREASTED NUTHATCH heard only from CR 315, west of the Blanco River, Hays, 12/25.
WHITE-BREASTED NUTHATCH was described from private property in Blanco, 12/25.
An adult male BULLOCK’S ORIOLE continues and was photographed in a favored Willow Tree along the Walnut Creek Hike and Bike Trail, Travis, 12/31.
RUSTY BLACKBIRD continues at the northeast corner of Pond 3, Hornsby Bend, Travis, 12/31.
A NASHVILLE WARBLER was noted from Lake Gonzales along Hewlet Rd., Gonzales, 12/30.
PYRRHULOXIA described from Blanco Shoals Greenspace, north sector, San Marcos, Hays, 12/24.