This is the Austin Area Rare Bird Alert and has been updated through 2/6/2018. 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 <armanmorenobirds...> If submitting a bird sighting, please include species name, location details, and contact information.
-Rarities found this week-
An ELEGANT TROGON is a remarkable find near Landa Park in New Braunfels, Comal County. The bird was initially found on Saturday, 1/27 but wasn't identified/reported until a week later on 2/3. It was relocated along the Panther Canyon Nature Trail on Sunday afternoon and continues through today, 2/6. This is a Texas Review Species and only about the 7th state record. See this link for the area it has most recently been observed: https://www.google.com/maps/dir/29.71565,+-98.14208/29. 716838,-firstname.lastname@example.org,-98.1441097,17z/data=!3m1!4b1! 4m6!4m5!1m3!2m2!1d-98.14208!2d29.71565!1m0
A LONG-TAILED DUCK was found on a private pond off Country Road 473 in Thrall, Williamson County, on 1/28 and continues through 2/5. The closest intersection appears to be Country Road 112.
Two WHITE-TAILED HAWKs have been reported from multiple locations around San Marcos, Hays County, from 1/31 through 2/2, including around the San Marcos National Fish Hatchery (McCarty Lane just west of I-35) and Hwy 123 and Old Bastrop Rd. The birds likely move around this area so driving some of the back roads in the vicinity might be productive.
A female ANNA'S HUMMINGBIRD was photographed from a private residence in South Austin, Travis County on 1/31 and continued through 2/1, but hasn't been seen since.
A GREAT KISKADEE was found in a neighborhood lake off Posey Rd and Old Bastrop Rd in San Marcos, Hays County, on 2/6. This is just east of I-35 behind the outlet malls.
A RUSTY BLACKBIRD was also found at Landa Park in New Braunfels, Comal County, near the gazebo area on 2/5 and continues through 2/6.
Up to 10 RED CROSSBILLs have been reported along the Guadalupe River at James Kiehl River Bend Park, Kendall County, east of Comfort, TX. The birds were most recently reported on 2/3.
-Continuing bird(s) from previous weeks-
A GOLDEN-CROWNED SPARROW, originally found on 12/12/17, continues it's long stay at Warbler Woods, Guadalupe County, through 2/6. This is private property and requires an access code. Visit the website (warblerwoods.org) for more info regarding latest sightings and to request access. This is a Texas Review Species.
Three SURF SCOTERs and a WHITE-WINGED SCOTER were found at Belton Lake in Bell County on 1/24 and continue through 2/4. The birds have been observed from several different viewing areas around the lake including Temple Lake Park.
Seven COMMON MERGANSERs continue from late December at Muleshoe Bend Recreation Area in extreme western Travis County, most recently on 2/4.
At least one HARRIS'S HAWK continues at Barkley Meadows Park in Southeast Austin, Travis County, on 2/3. Up to two were found during the Austin CBC on 12/16. The birds have moved around a bit but were most frequently observed off of Blocker Rd, just east of the SH 130 tollway.
A male ALLEN'S HUMMINGBIRD continues at a private residence in west Austin, Travis County, most recently on 2/2. The bird is in the process of molting into adult plumage but photographs of the spread tail confirm the ID.
A female CALLIOPE HUMMINGBIRD continues at a private residence in southwest Austin, Travis County, most recently on 2/4. The bird was initially found on 1/2/18.
A male BLACK-THROATED GRAY WARBLER was found at Mayfield Park in West Austin, Travis County, on 1/14 and continues through 2/4. The bird is most frequently observed within the walled garden where the peacocks are.
*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 scrutinized 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. *