[texbirds] Austin Area RBA



The Austin Area Rare Bird Alert is a service of the Travis Audubon Society. 
This update is as of 9:20 on May 17, 2012. Send interesting sightings- complete 
with species name, specific location, and contact information- to Kenny 
Anderson at nollanderson@xxxxxxxxxxxxx

-Rarities Found This Week- 
 
A Green Violetear made a one day visit to an Austin home on May 12 (Travis).
 
An alternate plumage Common Tern was on Hornsby Bend's Pond 1 West 5/15.  The 
bird was mixed in with several hundred Black Terns and a Forster's Tern.
 
A Common Tern found on 5/6 remained on Belton Lake at Lake Park in Bell County 
on 5/15.
 
One Glossy Ibis was studied at Slough Pond in Temple on 5/15.
 
A Glossy Ibis was photograghed at Hornsby Bend on 5/15, the bird may have been 
present as of May 13.
 
A Veery was heard at Laguna Gloria in Austin on 5/14, relocated on 5/15 
(Travis).
 
MacGillivray's Warblers were photographed at Warbler Woods on 5/14,16, and 
17. The bird on the 16th was different than the other days. (Guadalupe)
 
A Gray-cheeked Thrush was reported from the Willis Creek Unit of Granger Lake 
on 5/12 in Williamson County.
 
4 Red-breasted Mergansers were photograghed on Belton Lake from Temple Lake 
Park in Bell County 5/11.  Photo included one snazzy looking male and three 
females.
 
Black-headed Grosbeak was photographed at an Austin feeder on 5/15.  The male 
bird was present for one day near the 183/I35 intersection.
 
2 Black-headed Grosbeaks were at a Gracy Woods neighborhood greenspace on 
Parkfield Road near Barchetta.  A male was photographed on 5/15, the birds 
remain as of 5/17.
 
Golden-winged Warbler reports: 1 female photo'd at Laguna Gloria 5/11, 1 
reported from Mayfield Preserve in Austin on 5/13 (Travis), 1 was at a north 
Austin home 5/13 (Williamson), 1 continued on the Lake Creek Trail from 5/8-13 
(photo'd/ Williamson).
 


-Continuing Birds From Previous Week- 
 
Hutton's Vireo continues at Warbler Woods 5/13-17.
 
A Brown-crested Flycatcher remains at Richard Moya Park in Travis County 5/14.
 


Reports for the Austin area RBA cover a 60 mile radius, centeredfrom the 
Capitol in downtown Austin. The circle extends north to Belton (Bell County), 
south to Leesville (Gonzales County), east to SomervilleWMA (Lee Burleson 
County), and west to Blumenthal (Gillespie County).Birdsightings mentioned here 
have been filtered and scrutinized by the compiler and are believed to be 
genuine. When documentation or photographs were provide, that is mentioned 
along with the other information about the bird(s) 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 e-mail to 
nollanderson@xxxxxxxxxxxxx

Kenny Anderson 
Austin,TX 

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