This is the Austin Area Rare Bird Alert and has been updated through 9/8/2016. 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 email@example.com. If submitting a bird sighting, please include species name, location details, and contact information.
Rarities Found This Week
- A WOOD STORK was an excellent find along Platt Lane, which is part of the Hornsby Bend complex, in Travis County on 9/7. The bird was initially spotted riding thermals with both species of vultures. It was seen circling the main ponds and then headed in a northwestern direction, possibly along the Colorado River. The bird was not relocated.
- A SWALLOW-TAILED KITE was reported circling overhead off Hwy 21 west of Hwy 535 in Bastrop County on 9/6.
- A BLACK-BELLIED PLOVER was photographed at Hornsby Bend, Travis, on 9/6 in the drying basins near the main entrance and continues through 9/8. The bird is still in alternate plumage.
Continuing Bird(s) From Previous Week
- Two GREAT KISKADEEs continue at Berry Springs Park in Georgetown, Williamson, most recently observed on 9/3. At least one Kiskadee continues in Caldwell County off Black Watch Ln & Purvis Farm in Lockhart on 9/5.