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Bird Sightings

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The Audubon Society has reported a variety of recent bird sightings in western Massachusetts.

With warmer temperatures opening up frozen lakes and ponds, some water birds are lingering in the area. Sightings this week included ring-necked ducks, buffleheads, ruddy ducks, common loons, horned grebes, pied-billed grebes, great blue herons and American coots.

Large and small flocks of horned larks, American pipits, snow buntings, savannah sparrows, pine grosbeaks, pine siskins and common redpolls continue to be seen.

A few late lingering land birds continue to be reported including northern harriers, red-shouldered hawks, merlins, American kestrels, winter wrens, black and white warblers white-crowned sparrows fox sparrows and eastern meadowlarks.

A short-eared owl, a clay-colored sparrow, a vesper sparrow, and a hoary redpoll continue to be reported in Hadley.

The gyrfalcon, which has been seen for the past several weeks, was reported on Sunday flying north up the Connecticut River over the Coolidge Bridge between Northampton and Hadley.

A flock of 12 canvasbacks was seen Monday in the river below the Coolidge Bridge.

A northern shoveler was found in Longmeadow, and a Wilson’s snipe and 25 black vultures were seen in Sheffield.

Four mute swans, two canvasbacks, and a ruddy duck were on the Connecticut River in Agawam, while an Iceland gull, a glaucous gull and a lesser black-backed gull were among the hordes of gulls at Bondi’s Island in Agawam.

To notify the Voice of Audubon of a bird sighting, please call 781-259-8805 and leave a message.

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