Weekly bird sightings for western Massachusetts reported
The Audubon Society has reported a variety of recent bird sightings in western Massachusetts.
The heavy fall migration continues, with multiple reports of Philadelphia vireos, ruby-crowned kinglets, Swainson’s thrushes, American pipits, Lincoln’s sparrows and purple finches. Also seen were Tennessee warblers, northern parulas, Nashville warblers, Yellow warblers, palm warblers, blackburnian warblers and blackpoll warblers.
A few late lingering species were also reported including wood thrush, Baltimore oriole and indigo bunting.
Some notable water birds were a pied-billed grebe, day-flying common loons and a great egret.
Migrating hawks continue to be seen on clear or partly cloudy days. Reports included osprey, sharp-shinned hawk, American kestrel and straggling broad-winged hawks, as well as a few northern harriers, merlins and Cooper’s hawks.
A Lark Sparrow was reported at Linear Park in Williamstown, but subsequent searches have not found the bird.
Two possible singing sedge wrens were reported in Sheffield at Bartholomew’s Cobble, but also have not been found again.
Three cliff swallows, eight vesper sparrows and two dickcissel were seen in Hadley.
Five American wigeons were found in Longmeadow, and a Cape May warbler was reported in Amherst.
A northern goshawk was in seen Granville and a peregrine falcon was found in Orange.
A flock of 21 red crossbills was reported in new Salem.
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