The Audubon Society has reported a variety of recent bird sightings in western Massachusetts.
The first Christmas Counts in the region were held this past weekend and more are scheduled for the coming weekend. The Springfield area count recorded 71 species, with large numbers of Canada geese and American robins reported. Also more numerous than usual were great blue herons, bald eagles, peregrine falcons, ring-billed and herring gulls, red-breasted nuthatches, Carolina wrens, dark-eyed juncos and common redpolls.
A gyrfalcon, a merlin, a northern shrike, a Lapland longspur and a hoary redpoll were seen in the Honeypot area of Hadley.
Cackling geese were on the campus pond at the University of Massachusetts in Amherst and on Laurel Lake in Lee. Two redhead duck were also seen on Laurel Lake.
Also reported in the Pittsfield area count were a gadwall, an American wigeon, two Wilson’s snipe, and a northern saw-whet owl.
Three snow geese, seven lesser scaup, a greater scaup and a red-necked grebe were reported in Turners Falls.
A snow goose was seen in East Longmeadow, two Iceland gulls were reported in Agawam, and a great cormorant was found on the Chicopee River in Springfield.
To notify the Voice of Audubon of a bird sighting, please call 781-259-8805.