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Bird Sightings

  • An American wigeon<br/><br/>U.S. FISH AND WILDLIFE SERVICE
  • A green-winged teal<br/><br/>U.S. FISH AND WILDLIFE SERVICE

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

Some water birds still hanging around despite the freezing cold include wood ducks, northern pintails, green-winged teals, American wigeons, red-breasted mergansers, great blue herons, American coots and belted kingfishers. Normal wintering waterfowl including common goldeneyes, common mergansers and hooded mergansers are also being found in good numbers.

Flocks of regular wintering bluebirds and robins were reported by surprised residents, and some pine grosbeaks and pine siskins are also still present. Common redpoll flocks in the hills have grown to estimates of 200 or more.

Lingering land birds noted include American kestrels, northern harriers, merlins, turkey vultures, red-shouldered hawks, ruby-crowned kinglets, snow buntings, winter wrens, vesper sparrows and swamp sparrows.

The gyrfalcon and two rough-legged hawks were seen on Saturday in Hadley.

Hoary redpolls were found in Hadley, Huntington and Cheshire.

Four Iceland gulls, a glaucous gull and a lesser black-backed gull were at the Bondi’s Island recycling building in Agawam.

A pair of Barrow’s goldeneyes were found near the Longmeadow Island in the Connecticut River.

A northern shrike was seen in Windsor, a lesser black-backed gull was found in Turners Falls and two Lapland longspurs were reported in Northampton.

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

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