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Bird Sightings

  • A phoebe<br/><br/>U.S. FISH AND WILDLIFE SERVICE
  • An American wigeon<br/><br/>U.S. FISH AND WILDLIFE SERVICE

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

Despite the latest snowfall, early spring migrants are being reported on open meadows, rivers and ponds. Most numerous and widespread are ring-necked ducks, hooded mergansers and common mergansers. Also reported were American wigeons, northern pintails, wood ducks, bufflehead, great blue heron, peregrine falcon, American woodcock, phoebe, tree swallow, fish crows, eastern meadowlarks and fox sparrows.

Two white fronted geese and a black-headed gull were found briefly with the huge flocks of Canada Geese in the Amherst/Hadley/Sunderland fields.

A female barrow’s goldeneye, a red-breasted merganser, a ruddy duck and two Iceland gulls were seen at Turners Falls.

Two snow geese flew over Hatfield and a northern shrike was seen.

Another northern shrike was found in Ashfield. Two American pipits were reported in Greenfield, and two black vultures were seen in Northampton.

A northern shrike and 16 black vultures were reported in Williamstown.

The northern shoveler continues to be seen in Longmeadow.

Large flocks of common redpolls were reported in Ashfield and in Shutesbury, and a hoary redpoll was spotted in a Shutesbury flock.

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

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