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The Audubon Society has reported a variety of recent bird sightings for western Massachusetts.
The breeding season is quickly coming to a close, even for second nesters. Sightings this week included reports of wood duck, great blue heron, turkey vulture, killdeer, spotted sandpiper, belted kingfisher, least flycatcher, warbling vireo, common raven, barn swallow, Carolina wren, blue-gray gnatcatcher, eastern bluebird, gray catbird, Louisiana waterthrush, common yellowthroat, American redstart, yellow warbler, indigo bunting and rose-breasted grosbeak.
A swallow-tailed kite was seen circling over the village of Miller’s Falls last Tuesday.
A lark sparrow was heard and seen briefly in Gill near the parking lot of the Oak Ridge golf course on West Gill Road.
Great egrets were reported in Ware, Cheshire, and Belchertown.
Twelve green herons were counted in an Amherst marsh, and 12 orchard orioles were seen in Hadley.
Six solitary sandpipers, 13 least sandpipers, and a semi-palmated sandpiper were reported in the Arcadia Marsh mudflats in Easthampton.
A pied-billed grebe was seen in Springfield, and a whip-poor-will was heard calling at south end of the Quabbin Reservoir.
To report a sighting, please call the Voice of Audubon at (781)259-8805 and leave a message.