Rare Bird Alert: December 12-19

This is the Austin Area Rare Bird Alert.  Last update on 12/19/2019.  Send interesting sightings, complete with species name, location, and contact information to Vincent O’Brien at vincentobrienbirds@gmail.com

A male GREATER SCAUP continues to be studied and photographed at Devine Lake Park, Williamson, 12/19.
LEAST GREBE was photographed at Joshua Springs Park, Kendall, 12/13.
A LESSER NIGHTHAWK was well described from Aquarena Springs at dusk, Hays, 12/15.
LESSER YELLOWLEGS continues to be observed at Hornsby Bend, Travis, 12/14.
ANHINGA was detailed from a pond north of Hergotz Rd., Travis, 12/14.
A WHITE-TAILED HAWK was reported flying over I-35 and heading east near Georgetown, Williamson, 12/15.
RINGED-KINGFISHER still holds at Mankin’s Crossing, Williamson, 12/17.
A female RED-NAPED SAPSUCKER continues to be documented from a private residence, Travis, 12/15.
A pair of PILEATED WOODPECKERs have been holding territory along Witter Lane, Bell, 12/15.  With one individual photographed visiting a possible nest cavity.
The adventurous BLACK PHOEBE continues on at Hamilton Pool, Travis, 12/13.
A SAY’S PHOEBE continues to be reported and photographed at Lakeway City Park and Greenbelt, Travis, 12/19.
VERMILION FLYCATCHERs are in the circle, with one adult male photographed off Witter Lane, Bell, 12/15.  Another pair of juvenile males continue at the northeast corner of Pond 3, Hornsby Bend, Travis, 12/14.  And an adult male photographed at Independence Park, Gonzales, 12/18.
A WHITE-EYED VIREO continues to be noted from Berry Springs Park, Georgetown, Williamson, 12/19.
HUTTON’S VIREOs are present in the circle.  One individual photographed during the Christmas Bird Count at McKinney Falls State Park, 12/14.  And another vireo studied at the Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center, Travis, 12/19.
GRAY CATBIRD continues to be described from Slough Pond, Bell, 12/19.  And a second individual is still being reported from Sun City Legacy Hills Park, Williamson, 12/14.
DARK-EYED JUNCO (SLATE-COLORED) noted at Enchanted Rock State Natural Area, Llano, 12/14.
A wintering GREEN-TAILED TOWHEE continues to be studied and photographed on private property, Travis, 12/16.
EASTERN TOWHEE was described from Balcones Canyonland National Wildlife Refuge, seen along the Simons Tract, Burnet, 12/16.
A nice group of AUDUBON’S ORIOLEs continue to be reported and photographed visiting a water feature at a private residence, Gonzales, 12/14.  And another individual was photographed at Warbler Woods, Guadalupe, 12/14.
RUSTY BLACKBIRDs are in the circle, with a small group photographed at Lions Park, Bell, 12/15.  And a second group of blackbirds continuing to forage and skulk among the fallen trees at the northeast corner of Pond 3, Hornsby Bend, Travis, 12/15.
A PYRRHULOXIA sojourns on and was photographed at Fritz Hughes Park, Travis, 12/19.