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Bird Sightings: Lingering species in area

A peregrine falcon



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

Waterfowl reported this past week included mute swans, ring-necked ducks, buffleheads, hooded mergansers, common mergansers, common goldeneyes and horned grebes.

Horned larks, snow buntings, savannah sparrows, pine grosbeaks and common redpolls are still being seen in good numbers.

Lingering species found were great blue herons, northern harriers, merlins, peregrine falcons, flickers, American pipits, black and white warblers, pine warblers, white-crowned sparrows, fox sparrows and eastern meadowlarks.

A rough-legged hawk, a long-eared owl, a northern shrike, a Lapland longspur, a vesper sparrow, a clay-colored sparrow and a hoary redpoll continue to be seen in Hadley, but the gyrfalcon has not been reliably reported since Friday.

Two greater scaup, a red breasted merganser and a red crossbill were seen in Quabbin Park at the Quabbin Reservoir.

A snow goose was reported in Turners Falls, a hoary redpoll in Easthampton, and a northern shrike in Worthington.

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

Bird club to meet

Chris Rimmer, director of the Vermont Center for Ecostudies, will discuss the ongoing efforts to conserve the Bicknell’s thrush at the Jan. 14 meeting of the Hampshire Bird Club. The meeting, which is free and open to the public, will begin at 7:30 p.m., in the Immanuel Lutheran Church at 867 North Pleasant St., Amherst.

The Bicknell’s thrush is one of North America’s rarest and most vulnerable songbirds.

Nesting only in mountaintop forests of Vermont and other northeastern states and wintering primarily in the Dominican Republic and Haiti, the little thrush faces numerous threats to its long-term survival. On its breeding grounds, these include acid rain, ski area development, cell tower construction, wind power development, mercury contamination and climate change. Its winter habitat is under siege from deforestation caused by human population pressures. Rimmer has led efforts to conserve the species and its habitat in both New England and the Carribean since 1992.

For directions and more information see http:// www. hampshirebirdclub.org

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