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Audubon Society reports area bird sightings

A Savannah sparrow
(U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service

A Savannah sparrow (U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Purchase photo reprints »

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

Huge numbers of sparrows are now being reported, especially in the Hadley and Northampton meadows. Counts of Savannah and song sparrows are in the hundreds, with dozens of swamp and white-throated sparrows, along with some Lincoln’s and white-crowned sparrows, as well as dark-eyed juncos.

Other open-country species reported were northern harrier, merlin, solitary sandpiper, pectoral sandpiper, Wilson’s snipe, American pipit, palm warbler, bobolink, indigo bunting, eastern meadowlark and rusty blackbird.

Meanwhile, wood warblers are still being found, notably northern parula, yellow-rumped warbler, blackpoll warbler and pine warbler, along with a few Tennessee, Cape May, Nashville, magnolia, black-throated green and black-throated blue warblers.

Early migrating waterfowl seen include American wigeon, both blue and green-winged teal, common and hooded merganser, common loon and pied-billed grebe.

Two greater yellowlegs, a late rough-winged swallow, a marsh wren, 10 vesper sparrows and a clay-colored sparrow were found in Hadley.

A great egret and a clay-colored sparrow were seen in Northampton.

A horned grebe, two American golden plovers, a clay-colored sparrow and 11 red crossbills were reported in the central Quabbin Reservoir watershed.

Two American coots were found at Richmond Pond, and four Virginia rails were seen in Warwick.

To notify the Voice of Audubon of a bird sighting, please call 781-259-8805 and leave a message.

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