Bird Sightings: Deep freeze reduces count
The Audubon Society has reported a variety of recent bird sightings in western Massachusetts.
The deep freeze reduced the number of water birds being reported, but still being seen are northern pintails, green-winged teals, ring-necked ducks and buffleheads, along with more typical wintering birds such as common goldeneyes, common mergansers and hooded mergansers.
Lingering land birds are also being seen, notably raptors like American kestrels, northern harriers, merlins and peregrine falcons. Songbirds reported included yellow-bellied sapsuckers, hermit thrushes, vesper sparrows, white-crowned sparrows and eastern meadowlarks.
The gyrfalcon was seen in Hadley on Wednesday and Saturday.
A rough-legged hawk and a hoary redpoll were also seen in Hadley. And, the clay-colored sparrow continues to be found at the end of the landfill road.
A flock of 60 snow buntings and a hoary redpoll were reported in Northampton.
A northern shrike was found in Ludlow near the Ludlow Reservoir.
American wigeons were reported in Easthampton and at Turners Falls, where a lesser black-backed gull and an Iceland gull were also found.
A glaucous gull and three Iceland gulls were seen in Agawam.
Another Iceland gull was at the Holyoke dam.
Pine grosbeaks were reported in Greenfield and Hadley.
To notify the Voice of Audubon of a bird sighting, please call 781-259-8805 and leave a message.