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Bird Sightings Settling down to breed

  • A blackpoll warbler<br/><br/>U.S. FISH AND WILDLIFE SERVICE
  • A gadwell<br/><br/>U.S. FISH AND WILDLIFE SERVICE

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

Resident birds have now settled down to breed and only a few late-arriving migrants are still being found, including northern harriers, Tennessee warblers and blackpoll warblers. Some uncommon breeding birds reported were common loons, American bitterns, ospreys, Cooper’s hawks, broad-winged hawks, yellow-billed and black-billed cuckoos, mourning warblers, worm-eating warblers, cerulean warblers, vesper sparrows and orchard orioles.

Two olive-sided flycatchers were found in Gill, and one was found in Blandford.

Acadian flycatchers were seen in Springfield and at Gate 22 of the Quabbin Reservoir.

A common tern was found on the Connecticut River Oxbow in Northampton.

A gadwall, a black-bellied plover, 22 semi-palmated plovers and a common tern were reported in Turners Falls.

Three black-bellied plovers, a dunlin and a greater yellowlegs were seen at Gate 22 of the Quabbin Reservoir.

Two short-billed dowitchers and 26 black-bellied plovers were reported by the Winsor Dam at the Quabbin Reservoir.

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

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