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

South winds, warm rains and bare ground lured a few birds north, but cold air has returned to ice their arrival. Single northern pintails were reported in Balchertown, Southwick, and Turners Falls, while a flock of 13 was noted in Hadley. Other brave birds found were turkey vultures, belted kingfishers, great blue herons, horned grebes, ring-necked ducks and buffleheads. The only new songbird reported was a ruby-crowned kinglet. Peregrine falcons, merlin, red-shouldered hawks, and kestrels continue to be seen in the Hadley area,

The last day of January was also the last day the gyrfalcon was seen in the Hadley area with any certainty or for more than a brief flyover.

Two rough-legged hawks, two Lapland longspurs and the clay-colored sparrow were seen in Hadley.

A redhead duck was found at Turners Falls, nine pine grosbeaks were seen in Amherst and 100 common redpolls were reported in Brimfield.

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

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