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Bird Sightings: Spring migrants continue to arrive

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

There were more reports of early spring migrants including Canada goose flocks, green-winged teal, ring-necked ducks, wood ducks, buffleheads, great blue herons, common loons, pied-billed grebes, common grackles, and red-winged blackbirds. Lingering winter species reported were horned larks and common redpolls.

The gyrfalcon has not been reported since last Tuesday.

Two redhead ducks, a lesser scaup, a red-breasted merganser, five Iceland gulls, and a lesser black-backed gull were found on the Connecticut River at Turners Falls.

Three greater scaup and nine black vultures were seen in Sheffield.

A northern shrike was seen in Great Barrington and another in Granby.

A northern shoveler was found in the Pondisde Marshes in Longmeadow.

Two snow geese were in Great Barrington and two more were seen among a large goose flock in the Connecticut River between Longmeadow and Agawam. A Barrow’s goldeneye continues to be seen in the same area.

A rough-legged hawk and 12 snow buntings were reported in Hadley and a black vulture was seen in South Hadley.

Bird club to meet

Mara Silver, who has been working to save the state’s declining population of cliff swallows and barn swallows, will discuss her recent efforts Monday at 7:30 p.m. at the Hampshire Bird Club’s monthly meeting. The meeting at the Immanuel Lutheran Church, 867 North Pleasant St., Amherst is free and open to the public.

Silver is working to attract nesting cliff swallows to a site in Shelburne and boost use of the site by barn swallows. She previously studied a colony of cliff swallows in Williamsburg for 20 years. She also inventoried bank swallow habitat along the Connecticut River in Massachusetts as part of her graduate studies in wildlife conservation at the University of Massachusetts Amherst.

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