In blizzard’s wake, birds flock to feeders
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The Audubon Society has reported a variety of recent bird sightings in western Massachusetts.
The ground is no longer bare, and the blizzard has made life more difficult for birds and bird finders alike. However, feeding stations have seen plenty of action. It is crucial to keep the hanging feeders filled with sunflower and suet. If possible, spread mixed seed or millet on cleared ground or on a large platform. Then sit back and watch the action.
Species reported coming to enjoy these offerings following the storm include downy, hairy and red-bellied woodpeckers, white and red-breasted nuthatches, chickadees, titmice, house finches, goldfinches, pine siskins, redpolls, mourning doves, tree, song, and white-throated sparrows, juncos and cardinals. Best of all, hope and watch for visits from a Cooper’s hawk, or a sharp-shinned hawk and, if you are really lucky, a barred owl.
The gyrfalcon that has been spotted hunting or perching in the open meadows of Hadley was seen only briefly on Monday, Thursday and Sunday.
Three American wigeons, a rough-legged hawk, a peregrine falcon, a merlin, 400 horned larks, a Lapland longspur, a snow bunting and 200 common redpolls were also seen in Hadley.
An American wigeon, a northern pintail, a ring-necked duck, a lesser black-backed gull and an Iceland gull were found in Turners Falls.
A ring-necked duck, an eastern screech owl and a winter wren were reported in Belchertown, and another winter wren was found in Amherst.
A turkey vulture and two peregrine falcons were seen in Northampton, a great blue heron was spotted in Egremont, and 13 mute swans were found in Holyoke.
To notify the Voice of Audubon of a bird sighting, please call 781-259-8805 and leave a message.