RARE BIRD ALERT: Redhead, Ring-necked Ducks, and more

This is the Austin Area Rare Bird Alert and has been updated through
8/30/2019. 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 are in italics.

Devine Lake Park, Williamson, hosted a female REDHEAD on 8/27.

On 8/24, six RING-NECKED DUCKS were reported from Soil Conservation Service Site 6 Reservoir from Goforth Road in Kyle, Hays.

The long-staying AMERICAN WOODCOCK (pictured above) continues to be seen almost daily along Bull Creek at St. Edwards Park in northwest Austin, Travis. It seems to favor the riparian corridor about 50-150 meters upstream of the dam. Focus on areas close to the creek where the soil has been recently disturbed by feral hogs. This bird has been present since at least 7/26.

A COUCH’S KINGBIRD has been a regular in the vicinity of Coventry Crossing Park in Leander, Williamson, up until 8/26.

A marginally late BLACK-CAPPED VIREO was photographed at a private residence in northwest Austin, Travis, on 8/28.

A family group of HORNED LARKS, a rare and local breeder in the region, has been observed regularly from Wells Lane about ¼ mile from Wells School Road, Travis, since 8/7. The latest report comes from 8/27.

Exceedingly rare for August, a CEDAR WAXWING was photographed along Lake Creek Trail in Williamsonon 8/25. The bird appears to be at least one year old and probably summered locally.

A female-type MACGILLIVRAY’S WARBLER was well studied at a private residence in southwest Austin, Travis, on 8/28.

**Side note: it’s that time of the fall when migrant Ruby-throated Hummingbirds seemingly replace summer resident Black-chinned Hummingbirds. Please take extra care in identifying the Archilochus hummingbirds visiting your feeders.**

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.

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