Canada geese with chicks
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A blue-winged teal brood
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The Audubon Society has reported a variety of recent bird sightings in western Massachusetts.
Very large numbers of Canada geese, common mergansers and ring-necked ducks are now being found in the region. Other early spring arrivals are still very scarce, with only robins and eastern bluebirds in good numbers. Seen in smaller numbers were wood ducks, hooded mergansers, great blue herons, ospreys, peregrine falcons, killdeer, woodcocks, kingfishers, hermit thrushes, chipping sparrows and fox sparrows.
A white-fronted goose has been seen with the huge flocks of Canada geese on the South Maple Street fields in Hadley and at the campus pond at the University of Massachusetts in Amherst.
Eight American widgeons, a northern shoveler and two blue-winged teal were reported in Longmeadow.
A green-winged teal and a northern pintail were seen in Hadley, and a gadwall and an American wigeon were in Northampton.
A northern goshawk was found in Florence and three lesser scaups were seen in Southwick.
Eight black vultures were reported in Sheffield and a flock of 60 Bohemian waxwings and 100 cedar waxwings was found in Williamstown.
To notify the Voice of Audubon of a bird sighting, please call (781)259-8805 and leave a message.