Rare Bird Alert: Zone-tailed Hawk, Common Gallinules, and More

This is the Austin Area Rare Bird Alert and has been updated through
9/21/2019. 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.

A ZONE-TAILED HAWK was reported from S. Walnut Avenue on the south side of New Braunfels, Guadalupe, on 9/21. A Travis Audubon bird walk at Commons Ford Ranch Metro Park in Traviss pied an adult ZONE-TAILED HAWK on 9/17.

Three COMMON GALLINULES were photographed at the Foxhollow Road (CR 62) ponds near Niederwald, Caldwell, on 9/21.

Perhaps continuing or new arrivals were 2 RED-NECKED PHALAROPES on Pond 1W at Hornsby Bend WTP, Travis, through 9/17.

A late male BLACK-CHINNED HUMMINGBIRD was reported from a private residence near Luling, Gonzales, on 9/19.

The now-resident BLACK PHOEBE was reported from downstream of the grotto at Hamilton Pool Preserve, Travis, on 9/20.

A late WESTERN KINGBIRD was well studied at Hornsby Bend WTP, Travis, on 9/17.

Rare in fall, a SWAINSON’S THRUSH was photographed in a backyard in south Austin, Travis, on 9/19.

An immature BLACK-THROATED SPARROW was well photographed at Guadalupe River State Park near Spring Branch, Comal, on 9/19.

At least one and as many as two BULLOCK’S ORIOLES were photographed on Lake Creek Trail near Anderson Mill, Williamson, on 9/21.

A BLACK-THROATED GRAY WARBLER was photographed at private residence on Zoeller Lane west of Sisterdale, Kendall, on 9/21.