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The Audubon Society has reported a variety of recent bird sightings in western Massachusetts.
Feeding stations are busy with large numbers of white-throated sparrows, dark-eyed juncos, pine siskins, and purple finches plus a few evening grosbeaks.
Late season migrants are peaking, including American robins, eastern bluebirds, hermit thrushes, American pipits and golden-crown kinglets. Reported in small numbers are red-breasted nuthatches, winter wrens and fox sparrows. Lingering birds include great blue herons, wood ducks, ospreys, gray catbirds and common yellowthroat.
Water birds are beginning to peak with many reports of common loons, pied-billed grebes, horned grebes, ring-necked ducks, ruddy ducks and American coots.
Migrating sharp-shinned hawks and American kestrels are declining in numbers, while red-tailed hawks and red-shouldered hawks are increasing.
The bird of the week was the evening grosbeak, which appeared at some feeders and was heard flying overhead.
The yellow-headed blackbird is still present on East Hadley Road in Hadley, but is hard to spot among the thousands of other blackbirds found there.
A cattle egret was seen briefly on the UMass playing fields in Hadley
A Tennessee warbler, a marsh wren, a clay-colored sparrow and a blue grosbeak were seen in the meadows of Northampton.
The two cackling geese continue in Turners Falls, where a white-winged scoter was also seen. Another white-winged scoter was found on Richmond Pond.
A greater yellowlegs was reported on Lake Onota and a lesser yellowlegs was seen in New Salem.
Golden eagles were found in Granville, Warwick and on the southern end of the Quabbin Reservoir.
A long-tailed duck and red-necked grebe were also reported at South Quabbin.
Pine grosbeaks have been heard overhead in Warwick and found feeding in crabapple trees in New Salem.
Rufous hummingbirds are reported at private residences in Great Barrington and Leverett.
To notify the Voice of Audubon of a bird sighting, please call 781-259-8805 and leave a message.