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Storms drive many birds inland

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  • A northern shrike<br/><br/>(U.S. FISH AND WILDLIFE SERVICE)
  • A bufflehead<br/><br/>(U.S. FISH AND WILDLIFE SERVICE)
  • A northern shrike<br/>(U.S. FISH AND WILDLIFE SERVICE)
  • An Allen's hummingbird<br/><br/>(U.S. FISH AND WILDLIFE SERVICE)
  • A cattle egret<br/><br/>(U.S. FISH AND WILDLIFE SERVICE)

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

Coastal storms and east winds have driven large numbers of sea ducks inland, especially white-winged scoters, surf scoters, black scoters, long-tailed ducks, buffleheads, red-breasted mergansers, common loons, red-necked grebes and horned grebes.

Other waterfowl and shorebirds being reported are ring-necked ducks, greater scaup, lesser scaup, northern pintails, green-winged teal, gadwall, American wigeon, ruddy ducks, pied-billed grebes, American coots and greater yellowlegs.

The northern finch invasion has intensified with the addition of a new species, the white-winged crossbill. Pine siskins are abundant, while smaller numbers of red crossbills and evening grosbeaks are also reported. Late season migrants include horned larks, winter wrens, American pipits, fox sparrows and rusty blackbirds.

The bird of the week is northern shrike, with sightings in Amherst, Sheffield and Windsor.

Black-legged kittiwakes were found at Turners Falls and in Quabbin Park at the Quabbin Reservoir.

Five dunlin and a Lapland longspur were seen in Hadley.

A Bohemian waxwing and a dickcissel were reported in Amherst.

Cackling geese were found in Turners Falls and Sheffield.

A cattle egret was seen in Cheshire, and a marsh wren was in the marshes surrounding Pontoosuc Lake.

A migrating hummingbird, reported last week, continues to come to a feeder at 29 Castle Hill Road in Great Barrington. It was recently banded and found not to be a rufous hummingbird, but the very similar and closely related Allen’s hummingbird.

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

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