Friday, March 14, 2014
The Audubon Society has reported a variety of recent bird sightings in western Massachusetts.
Open water has brought more migrating water birds to the region. Found this week were mute swan, wood duck, northern pintail, ring-necked duck, bufflehead, common goldeneye, hooded merganser and common merganser. Also reported were great blue heron and belted kingfisher.
Early land bird arrivals were turkey vulture, fox sparrow, red-winged blackbird and common grackle.
Other unusual land birds reported were fish crow, hermit thrush, yellow-rumped warbler, chipping sparrow, savannah sparrow and eastern meadowlark.
Flocks of greater scaup have been reported in Northfield, Turners Falls, Northampton, Sheffield and Agawam.
A horned grebe, a short-eared owl and a clay-colored sparrow were reported in Hadley.
A golden eagle was seen again at South Quabbin.
A redhead and an iceland gull were in Agawam. and a lesser scaup was in Northampton.
A common redpoll came to a feeder in Granby, and a tree swallow was seen in a Shutesbury yard.
Six iceland gulls, a glaucous gull, and a lesser black-backed gull were reported in Turners Falls Seven black vultures and a northern shrike were seen in Sheffield.
Another northern shrike was found in Hatfield.
Two white-winged scoters were in seen South Hadley, and a glaucous gull and 50 snow buntings were reported in Williamstown.
A red crossbill was heard in flight in Gill.
To report a bird sighting, please call the Voice of Audubon at (781)259-8805 and leave a message.