The Audubon Society has reported a variety of recent bird sightings in western Massachusetts.
The only area Christmas Count held this past weekend was the Westfield Area Count. A total of 64 species was recorded, including three bald eagles, six sharp-shinned hawks, three Cooper’s hawks, 30 red-tailed hawks, 15 eastern screech owls, two great horned owls, a barred owl, 10 common ravens, 10 red-breasted nuthatches, six brown creepers, 10 Carolina wrens, 25 golden-crowned kinglets, 42 eastern bluebirds, 386 American robins, 20 cedar waxwings, 15 mockingbirds, four pine siskins and 59 common redpolls.
Uncommon winter species found were a red-shouldered hawk, an American kestrel, a great blue heron, two belted kingfishers, a northern flicker, a winter wren, two horned larks, two field sparrows, two swamp sparrows, a common grackle, two flocks of red-winged blackbirds, and two flocks of brown-headed cowbirds.
Four gadwall, a peregrine falcon, a northern shrike, a Lapland longspur, a clay-colored sparrow and three hoary redpolls were seen in Hadley.
Two lesser scaups, a flock of night-flying snow geese, a merlin and two peregrine falcons were reported in Southwick.
Two northern pintail and a merlin were also found in Westfield.
Six lesser scaups were on Laurel Lake in Lee and two others were on Pontoosuc Lake.
Groups of pine grosbeaks continue to be found feeding on fruit trees at various locations.
To notify the Voice of Audubon of a bird sighting, please call 781-259-8805 and leave a message.