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Songbirds, raptors, water birds all in area

  • A great egret<br/><br/>(U.S. FISH AND WILDLIFE SERVICE)

    A great egret

    (U.S. FISH AND WILDLIFE SERVICE)

  • A northern harrier<br/><br/>U.S. FISH AND WILDLIFE SERVICE

    A northern harrier

    U.S. FISH AND WILDLIFE SERVICE

  • A great egret<br/><br/>(U.S. FISH AND WILDLIFE SERVICE)
  • A northern harrier<br/><br/>U.S. FISH AND WILDLIFE SERVICE

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.

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