Songbirds, raptors, water birds all in area
The Audubon Society has reported a variety of recent bird sightings in western Massachusetts.
Newly arriving songbirds reported this week included blue-headed vireos, barn swallows, northern rough-winged swallows, brown thrashers, winter wrens, Louisiana waterthrushes, yellow-rumped warblers and rusty blackbirds. Among the migrating raptors were northern harriers, broad-winged hawks and merlins. Water birds are still news with many green-winged teal, as well as ring-necked ducks, buffleheads, double-crested cormorants, common loons, pied-billed grebes, horned grebes and Wilson’s snipes, being reported.
Two lesser scaup, two greater scaup, a red-necked grebe, 23 Bonaparte’s gulls and a northern goshawk were seen from the Winsor Dam at the Quabbin Reservoir.
Four blue-winged teal and two greater yellowlegs were found in Hatfield.
Four blue-winged teal, a lesser scaup and two great egrets were reported in Longmeadow.
A Virginia rail and a greater yellowlegs were seen in Sheffield.
Two red-necked grebes were on Cheshire Lake and two Bonaparte’s gulls were at Pontoosuc Lake.
Four Lapland longspurs and a vesper sparrow were reported in Northampton.
To notify the Voice of Audubon of a bird sighting, please call (781)259-8805 and leave a message.