Rare Bird Alert: Sep. 7-30

This is the Austin Area Rare Bird Alert. Last update on 9/30/20.  Send interesting sightings, complete with species name, location, and contact information to Vincent O’Brien at vincentobrienbirds@gmail.com.
A SABINE’S GULL was photographed briefly flying around the ponds at Hornsby Bend, Travis, 9/10. And a second gull was photographed and continued at Granger Lake, Williamson, 9/23.

CANADA GOOSE continue in small numbers at Temple Lions Park, Bell, 9/12.  Also geese have been described along Witter Ln., Bell, 9/27.

An EASTERN WHIP-POOR-WILL was photographed from Schulle Canyon Natural Area, Hays, 9/23.

An ANNA’S HUMMINGBIRD was photographed and continues at a private residence in Bell, 9/20.

CALLIOPE HUMMINGBIRD was photographed and continued at a private residence in Travis, 9/13.

AMERICAN GOLDEN-PLOVER was photographed and continues at the Willis Creek Wildlife Area, Granger Lake, Williamson, 9/28.  And a second plover was photographed at Devine Lake, Williamson, 9/29.

A RUDDY TURNSTONE was photographed and continued at the Sore Finger area of Granger Lake, Williamson, 9/9.

RED-NECKED PHALAROPEs have been holding at Hornsby Bend, Travis, 9/24.

A juvenile LAUGHING GULL continues to be well described and photographed from Devine Lake, Williamson, 9/7.

Up to six BROWN PELICAN have been described and photographed at Granger Lake, Williamson, 9/11.

AMERICAN BITTERN was detailed from a pond along CR 201B, Llano, 9/14.

A WHITE-TAILED KITE was photographed along CR 349 just north of the Willis Creek Wildlife Area, Williamson, 9/21.

A SWALLOW-TAILED KITE was photographed soaring near FM 969, Webberville, Travis, 9/7. And another kite was photographed from a private residence, Bell, 9/9.

A WHITE-TAILED HAWK was photographed from the CR352 and CR 353 intersect, Williamson, 9/10. This species of hawk was again noted from CR 435 in the Thrall area, Williamson, 9/30.

ZONE-TAILED HAWK was photographed gliding above Pond 3 at Hornsby Bend, Travis, 9/12. This species was also noted from Granger Lake, Williamson, 9/18.

A BURROWING OWL was seen at a private college campus, Travis, 9/30.

A family group of RED-HEADED WOODPECKERs continue to be observed from Bastrop State Park, Bastrop, 9/19. And a juvenile woodpecker was photographed at Lake Creek Trail, Williamson, 9/26.

A family group of BLACK PHOEBEs continue at Hamilton Pool, Travis, 9/24.

A SAY’S PHOEBE was photographed along CR 284, Liberty Hill, Williamson, 9/20.

A WHITE-BREASTED NUTHATCH continues along the Little River near the Sunshine Rd. crossing, Bell, 9/25.

A CASSIN’S SPARROW was photographed and continues at Lake Creek Trail, Williamson, 9/13. A second sparrow was discovered at the Sore Finger area of Granger Lake, Williamson, 9/7. And another bird found at the Comanche Bluff Trail, Granger Lake, Williamson, 9/30.

A BLUE-WINGED WARBLER was described among the weeds along the creek at James Kiehl River Bend Park, Kendall, 9/25.

MACGILLIVRAY’S WARBLER was described from the Comanche Bluff Trail, Granger Lake, Williamson, 9/6. And another warbler was found at Devine Lake, Williamson, 9/10.

WESTERN TANAGER continues to be photographed at a private residence, Travis, 9/9.

A BLACK-HEADED GROSBEAK continues to be photographed from a private residence, Hays, 9/8.

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. Photo or audio documentation for species with challenging IDs will be mentioned if they are known to exist.