Area bird sightings


Friday, November 10, 2017

Here are recent area bird sightings in the area from the Voice of Audubon for western Massachusetts.

A brant was briefly at the settlement pond in Westfield. Then a pink-footed goose also arrived and stayed most of the week. A barnacle goose and one or two cackling geese continue to be there.

Two northern shovelers were also reported in Westfield and a northern shrike was seen in Montague.

Ten surf scoters, four white-winged scoters, more than 300 black scoters, two long-tailed ducks and a red-necked grebe were seen at the southern end of the Quabbin Reservoir.

Eight brant, six red-necked grebes and a white-eyed vireo were found in Turners Falls.

A flock of 35 brant flew south over Deerfield and a flock of 19 brant was seen in Hadley along with black-bellied plovers and golden plovers.

A single cattle egret was seen briefly in Gill.

Other uncommon and lingering species reported included: northern pintail, American wigeon, gadwall, greater scaup, lesser scaup, ring-necked duck, long-tailed duck, ruddy duck, bufflehead, red-throated loon, black vulture, northern harrier, sandhill crane, green heron, great egret and American coot.

Also seen were killdeer, greater yellowlegs, pectoral sandpiper, blue-headed vireo, tree swallow, phoebe, blue-headed vireo, American pipit, snow bunting, palm warbler, yellowthroat, dickcissel, vesper sparrow, Lincoln’s sparrow, fox sparrow, clay-colored sparrow, white-crowned sparrow, towhee, rusty blackbird and pine siskin.

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