Rare Bird Alert Nov. 8-15

This is the Austin Area Rare Bird Alert for the week of 11/08/2019 through 11/15/2019. 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 justin.bosler@gmail.com. If submitting a bird sighting, please include species name, location details, and contact information. County names below appear in italics. Abbreviations are as follows: SP = State Park; NWR = National Wildlife Refuge; WMA = Wildlife Management Area; SH = State Highway; WTP = Wastewater Treatment Plant.

An immature female SURF SCOTER was discovered at Hornsby Bend WTP, Travis, on 11/3 and continued through at least 11/11.

A LEAST GREBE was photographed at Inks Dam National Fish Hatchery on 11/15. Note on Least Grebe reports: only to be included for counties in which they are infrequently reported.

A VIRGINIA RAIL was once again heard-only from a cattail wetland on Paint Creek Road, east of McDade in Bastrop, on 11/15. On 11/3 a VIRGINIA RAIL was found at the Pearce Lane pond adjacent to the Meadows at Berdoll subdivision. That bird was reported through 11/9.

A first basic AMERICAN GOLDEN-PLOVER was photographed at Hornsby Bend WTP, Travis, on 11/15. Up to 3 AMERICAN GOLDEN-PLOVERS were photographed at the Sore Finger Unit (WMA) at Granger Lake, Williamson, on 11/14.

Two late SOLITARY SANDPIPERS were reported from Buescher SP, Bastrop, on 11/15.

An adult WHITE-TAILED HAWK was photographed along Lund-Carlson Road in Manda, Travis, on 11/8 and continued through 11/15.

A late-lingering COMMON NIGHTHAWK has been reported from Pond 2 at Hornsby Bend WTP, Travis, through 11/15.

Late-lingering RUBY-THROATED HUMMINGBIRDS were reported from private residences in Comal on 11/13, Gonzales through 11/15, and Travis on 11/15.

A wintering or very late migrant BLACK-CHINNED HUMMINGBIRD was photographed at Guadalupe River SP on 11/14 (reported as RTHU).

Additional unidentified Archilochus hummingbirds have been reported in Comal.

A rare BROAD-TAILED HUMMINGBIRD made a very brief appearance at a private residence in Austin, Travis, on 11/12.

A rare vagrant HAMMOND’S FLYCATCHER was photographed and audio recorded on the Nature Trail at Canyon Lake, Comal, on 11/10 and continued through the week. It was discovered near Marker #15 initially but reported from Marker #3 of late.

An ASH-THROATED FLYCATCHER continued on Earl Callahan Road, southeast of Cedar Creek in Bastrop through 11/9.

Perhaps the latest-ever Travis GREAT CRESTED FLYCATCHER was described from the River Trail at Hornsby Bend WTP on 11/9.

A HUTTON’S VIREO continues at a private residence in Gonzales through 11/10. Travis (3) had a few HUTTON’S VIREOS this week, including one at a private residence on 11/11, a continuing bird at St. Andrew’s Episcopal School (limited access) on 11/12, and one at Las Cimas on 11/15.

A GREEN-TAILED TOWHEE was photographed at a private residence in Austin, Travis, on 11/11.

Late NASHVILLE WARBLERS were reported from multiple locations throughout Travis and Williamson 11/11 through 11/15.

A rare BLACK-HEADED GROSBEAK was photographed at a private residence in Austin, Travis, on 11/13.

A very late female PAINTED BUNTING was photographed visiting the bird feeders at Guadalupe River SP, Comal, on 11/14 and 11/15.

A late INDIGO BUNTING was photographed at a private residence on the Blanco/Comal line on 11/12.

Visitor instructions Warbler Woods Bird Sanctuary: http://www.warblerwoods.org/visitor-instructions.html

  1. Please briefly introduce yourself to help expedite, i.e. you are a birder in Austin
  2. We only schedule a week out, unless a group
  3. Pick a day and approximate time of visit to expedite
  4. Use the contact form
  5. You have to make a request each time, or at the time of first note