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Bird Sightings

  • A short-eared owl<br/><br/>U.S. FISH AND WILDLIFE SERVICE
  • A lazuli bunting<br/><br/>U.S FISH AND WILDLIFE SERVICE

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

The rains brought lots of migrating waterfowl to the region, including wood duck, northern pintail, American wigeon, blue-winged teal, green-winged teal, northern shoveler, ring-necked duck, white-winged scoter, ruddy duck, common loon, horned grebe and pied-billed grebe.

A few great egrets are still hanging around as well as shorebirds, including semipalmated plover, solitary, spotted, least and pectoral sandpiper, greater yellowlegs and Wilson’s snipe. Yellow-rumped and palm warblers are numerous along with a few each of Tennessee, magnolia, blackpoll, Nashville, black-throated blue and black throated green warblers.

Good numbers of American pipits, ruby-crowned and golden-crowned kinglets, white-crowned sparrows and Lincoln’s sparrows are being seen. Also reported were brown thrasher, vesper sparrow, and rusty blackbird. On Saturday a nice flight of raptors was seen with 83 migrants of ten species seen at Barre Falls and 70 migrants of eight species in Granville.

A lazuli bunting was reported in the Hadley Honeypot last Thursday, but has not been seen since then.

A white-eyed vireo was found in Longmeadow, a red-headed woodpecker was seen in Granville, and Connecticut warblers were reported in Gill and Turners Falls.

Two common gallinules were found in Lenox, three surf scoters were on Onota Lake, two black scoters were on Laurel Lake, a Baird’s sandpiper was reported in the town of Washington, and a sanderling was seen in Sheffield.

A long-eared owl was reported in Otis and a short-eared owl was seen in the east meadows of Northampton.

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

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