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Voices of Audubon, week of Dec. 11


Sunday, December 10, 2017

Here are this week’s bird sightings from the Voice of Audubon for western Massachusetts.

A Barrow’s goldeneye was found on the Connecticut River in Agawam. An immature red-headed woodpecker has been seen at the Arcadia Sanctuary in Northampton.

A barnacle goose, a cackling goose and a white-fronted goose are still being seen in Westfield. Two white-fronted geese, a barnacle goose and a Barrow’s goldeneye were reported on the Connecticut River in Longmeadow and Agawam.

A white-fronted goose and a cackling goose were on Smiley’s Pond in South Egremont. A Lapland longspur continues to be seen with a flock of horned larks in Northampton. A clay-colored sparrow was also found in Northampton.

Red-breasted mergansers were seen in Southwick and at the southern end of the Quabbin Reservoir.

Other uncommon, lingering, or migrant species reported were: wood duck, northern pintail, American wigeon, green-winged teal, lesser scaup, bufflehead, ring-necked duck, goldeneyes, hooded mergansers, common mergansers, common loon, horned grebe and pied-billed grebe. Also, Cooper’s hawk, sharp-shinned hawk, northern saw-whet owl, kingfisher, yellow-bellied sapsucker, merlin, peregrine, phoebe, blue-headed vireo, fish crow, red-breasted nuthatch, winter wren, golden-crowned kinglet, snow bunting, pipit, cedar waxwing, bluebird, hermit thrush and catbird. And, thrasher, yellow-rumped warbler, yellowthroat, chipping sparrow, field sparrow, swamp sparrow, savannah sparrow, white crowned sparrow, rusty blackbird, grackle, red-winged blackbird and purple finch.