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Bird Sightings

  • <br/>A belted kingfisher<br/><br/><br/>WIKIMEDIA COMMONS
  • A horned grebe<br/><br/>WIKIMEDIA COMMONS

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.

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