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Voices of Audubon, week of Nov. 20


Sunday, November 19, 2017

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

A MacGillivray’s warbler was reported in the Honeypot section of Hadley. A snowy owl has been in New Salem for several days, and others were reported in the Pelham and North Quabbin area. The barnacle goose and cackling goose continue to be found at the Water Department pond in Westfield, and two great cormorants and a Bonaparte’s gull were seen in Gill, while a brant was found in Amherst.

A lesser black-backed gull was in seen in Southwick, and a red-throated loon and short-eared owl were reported in Northampton. A red-necked grebe, a red-throated loon and 14 black scoters were on Lake Onota.

Other uncommon or lingering species reported included: wood duck, northern pintail, American wigeon, gadwall, green-winged teal, greater scaup, lesser scaup, bufflehead, ring-necked duck, ruddy duck, black scoter, bufflehead, hooded merganser, common merganser, common loon, double-crested cormorant, pied-billed grebe and horned grebe.  

Also seen were black vulture, northern harrier, osprey, bald eagle, American coot, killdeer, black-bellied plover, greater yellowlegs, pectoral sandpiper, woodcock, northern saw-whet owl, merlin, peregrine, pipit, horned lark, winter wren, ruby-crowned kinglet, snow bunting, bluebird, chipping sparrow, fox sparrow, vesper sparrow, white crowned sparrow, rusty blackbird and purple finch.