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Bird Sightings

  • A yellow warbler<br/><br/>U.S. FISH AND WILDLIFE SERVICE
  • A blue-gray gnatcatcher<br/><br/>U.S. FISH AND WILDLIFE SERVICE

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

This week brought a tremendous movement of songbirds into our area, some arriving to begin breeding, others stopping on their way farther north. Most numerous were ruby-crowned kinglets, blue-gray gnatcatchers, pine warblers, yellow-rumped warblers and palm warblers.

Also seen were small or single numbers of green herons, spotted sandpipers, solitary sandpipers, Virginia rails, chimney swifts, eastern kingbirds, bank swallows, house wrens, black-and-white warblers, yellow warblers, and northern parulas.

Some migrant waterfowl are still being reported including American wigeons, blue-winged teal, green-winged teal, ring-necked ducks, lesser scaups, greater scaups. buffleheads, common goldeneyes, horned grebes, and pied-billed grebes.

Three glossy ibis spent the past week in the beaver pond along the rail trail in Amherst.

Three sandhill cranes were also seen flying over Amherst.

Three great egrets were present most of the week in the Pondside Marshes of Longmeadow.

A laughing gull was found one morning only in a Hadley field.

An Eurasian wigeon and three surf scoters were on Cheshire Lake.

Three long-tailed ducks, two white-winged scoters, a red-breasted merganser, a red-throated loon, two Bonaparte’s gulls, an Iceland gull, and two red crossbills were found at the Quabbin Reservoir.

A white-fronted goose and a long-tailed duck stopped for one day in Whately.

Three northern shovelers were reported in Pittsfield and three long-tailed ducks and an evening grosbeak were seen in Belchertown.

Two gadwall and a red-necked grebe were seen at Turners Falls.

A Bonaparte’s gull and 14 red-necked grebes were on Pontoosuc Lake.

A ruddy duck and red-necked grebe were on Congamond Lakes, and three ruddy ducks were on Ludlow Reservoir.

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

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