Bird Sightings reported by the Audubon Society
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The Audubon Society has reported a variety of recent bird sightings in western Massachusetts.
Our common migrant and winter sparrows have arrived everywhere, including feeding stations, especially the white-throated sparrow. Lincoln’s sparrows are still being found and some white-crowned sparrows. American pipits, palm warblers, and rusty blackbirds were also reported.
Ruby-crowned kinglets and golden-crowned kinglets, red-breasted nuthatches and yellow-rumped warblers are now abundant, but only small counts of other warbler species are still around. These include northern parula, Nashville warbler, magnolia warbler, blackpoll warbler, black-throated green warbler and black-throated blue warbler.
Waterfowl are slowly increasing. Reports include both blue and green-winged teal, pied-billed grebe, horned grebe and ring-necked duck. A few lingering great egrets are still being seen.
Hawks are still flying past in moderate numbers, especially osprey, sharp-shinned hawks and American kestrels, with fewer northern harriers, Cooper’s hawks, merlins and peregrine falcons.
The bird of the week was the pine siskin, with flocks at feeders almost everywhere.
Orange crowned warblers were seen in Heath, Amherst, and Northampton.
Ruddy ducks were found in Longmeadow and Belchertown, and a northern shoveler, three gadwalls, and nine red crossbills were seen in Southwick.
Eight red crossbills were reported in Heath and 35 evening grosbeaks were visiting a feeder there. A single evening grosbeak was heard in Gill and in Quabbin Park at the Quabbin Reservoir.
Three lesser scaup, two white-winged scoters, a red-necked grebe and a flyover pine grosbeak were also seen at the Quabbin Reservoir.
A marsh wren and a mourning warbler were found in Lenox, and a northern goshawk was reported in North Adams.
To notify the Voice of Audubon of a bird sighting, please call 781-259-8805 and leave a message.