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The Audubon Society has reported a variety of recent bird sightings in western Massachusetts.
Fall songbird migration is in full swing and warblers are the prime movers. Widely reported warbler species were Nashville, northern parula, bay-breasted, Tennessee, blackpoll, black-throated green black-throated blue, blackburnian, Wilson’s, Canada, pine and palm. Migrating great-crested, least, and yellow-bellied flycatchers were also found, as well as yellow-throated, blue-headed, and Philadelphia vireos.
Also noted were Swainson’s thrushes, American pipits, brown thrashers, indigo buntings, rusty blackbirds and bobolinks. Water birds seen included green-winged and blue-winged teal, ring-necked duck, great egret, green heron, common loon, solitary sandpiper and Wilson’s snipe. The broad-winged hawk migration has slowed, but numbers of osprey, northern harrier, sharp-shinned hawk, merlin, and American kestrel are increasing.
An American golden plover flew over the meadows of Northampton, while Connecticut warblers were seen there and in Longmeadow.
Cape May warblers and a gray-cheeked thrush were seen in Amherst, and two dickcissels were heard in flight.
Cape May warblers and an orange-crowned warbler were found at Quabbin Park at the Quabbin Reservoir, and yellow-billed cuckoos were reported in Northampton and on Mount Tom.
To report a bird sighting, please call the Voice of Audubon at (781)259-8805 and leave a message.