Rare Bird Alert: Palm Warbler, Hooded Warbler, and More

This is the Austin Area Rare Bird Alert. Last update on 10/28/2019.  Send interesting sightings, complete with species name, location, and contact information to Vincent O’Brien at vincentobrienbirds@gmail.com.

A pair of EGYPTIAN GOOSE continue at Llano County Park, Lake Buchanan, Llano, 10/26.

LEAST GREBE noted from the Fish Hatchery, San Marcos, Hays, 10/28.  Another individual continued at Parksville Retention Pond, Williamson, 10/22.  And a pair reported from Devine Lake, Williamson, 10/23.

A nice juvenile LESSER BLACK-BACKED GULL was photographed on Granger Lake, Williamson, 10/27.

A female MERLIN (PRAIRIE) reported at Hornsby Bend, Travis, 10/27.  May be continuing bird seen hunting at the ponds.

EASTERN WOOD-PEWEE was late and photographed at Pond 3, Hornsby Bend, Travis, 10/26.

LEAST FLYCATCHER noted calling along County Road 308, Lexington, Lee, 10/24.

VERMILION FLYCATCHERs continue in the circle.  One individual from Onion Creek Greenway-Barkley Meadows, Travis, 10/23.  And a male and female photographed and continuing at Mudd Cove, Pace Bend Park, Travis, 10/27.

GREAT CRESTED FLYCATCHER described from Warbler Woods, Guadalupe, 10/22.

HUTTON’S VIREO was photographed enjoying a water feature at a private residence, Gonzales, 10/24.

WARBLING VIREO photographed along the Comanche Bluff Trail at Granger Lake, Williamson, 10/27.

An adult VIOLET-GREEN SWALLOW was an excellent find at Hornsby Bend, Travis, 10/29.  The swallow was photographed feeding on the wing above the west side of Pond 2.  Associating with Barn Swallows.  Updates appreciated!

A WOOD THRUSH was found foraging in leaf litter at Woodlands Park & River Place Trail, Travis, 10/24.  The bird was observed about one hundred yards before the Canyon/Little Fern trail intersect.

A GREEN-TAILED TOWHEE was studied and photographed foraging in dense brush on private property in southwest Travis County, 10/28 thru 10/30.

Mega flock of COMMON GRACKLE (BRONZED) holding in Hays County, with one group observed from Bradfield Village Park, 10/23.

OVENBIRD late and found at West Bouldin Creek Greenbelt, Travis, 10/28.

A hatch year female MOURNING WARBLER was described from West Bouldin Creek Greenbelt, Travis, 10/28.

A male HOODED WARLBER was reported from Texas State University, San Marcos, Hays, 10/23.   A second male was observed near Barton Springs foraging close to the ground in dense cover, Travis, 10/24.

A female AMERICAN REDSTART was photographed at Berry Springs, Georgetown, Williamson, 10/26.

CHESTNUT-SIDED WARLBER observed along County Road 308, Lexington, Lee, 10/24.

A western type PALM WARLBER reported from Bradfield Village Park, Hays, 10/23.  The bird was seen in black willow by the drainage ditch with cattails, just south of the ponds.

A SUMMER TANAGER was photographed at a private residence visiting the water feature, Travis, 10/28.

SCARLET TANAGERs holding in the circle.  One female type described along Earle St., San Marcos, Hays, 10/23.  Additional female photographed at McKinney Falls State Park, Travis, 10/27.

A male ROSE-BREASTED GROSBEAK reported from West Bouldin Creek Greenbelt, Travis, 10/27.

BLUE GROSBEAK continues at Lake Creek Trail, Williamson, 10/27.

PAINTED BUNTING was photographed visiting the feeder at the bird blind, Guadalupe River State Park, Comal, 10/25.  Another individual photographed at Northwest Park, Travis, 10/26.

Reported flyovers of DICKCISSELs from the east side of FM 619 Rd., Lee, 10/27.  Additional window strike individual photographed in hand, prior to flying away from a restaurant in Elgin, Travis, 10/27.  And another described from the Sore Finger area of Granger Lake, Williamson, 10/28.

Reports for the Austin area RBA cover a 60 mile radius, centered on the Capitol in downtown Austin.  Bird sightings mentioned here have been filtered and studied by the compiler and are believed to be genuine. When documentation or photographs were provided, that is mentioned along with other information about the birds being seen.  For questions or updates about birds mentioned here, or to report rare or unusual bird sightings in the Austin area, please send an email to vincentobrienbirds@gmail.com.