Voice of Audubon, Jan. 8
Here are this week’s bird sightings from the Voice of Audubon for western Massachusetts.
Winter is 30 days old with lots of snow and ice, but a few migratory species are still lingering, including water birds like northern pintail, ring-necked duck, bufflehead, common loon, horned grebe, great blue heron and belted kingfisher.
The list of land birds is long: yellow-bellied sapsucker, winter wren, hermit thrush, brown thrasher, snow bunting, field sparrow, savannah sparrow, white-crowned sparrow, common grackle and eastern meadowlark.
However, normal wintering species are also here in good numbers including common merganser, hooded merganser, eastern bluebird, American robin and horned lark,
The snowy owl in the meadows near Old Deerfield was last reported on Sunday.
A snowy owl was seen briefly in Hadley, where two short-eared owls, four Lapland longspurs, a clay-colored sparrow and six rusty blackbirds were also reported.
Two Lapland longspurs were found n Northampton, and two more were in Williamstown.
Two Barrow’s goldeneyes, two Glaucous gulls, 11 Iceland gulls, and a probable adult Thayer’s Gull were seen on the Connecticut River in Turners Falls.
A northern shrike continues in Windsor, a rough-legged hawk was seen in Gill, and a pine siskin was reported in Belchertown.
Three Iceland gulls, two glaucous gulls and a lesser black-backed gull were seen in Agawam.
A lesser scaup, a red-breasted merganser, and two red-necked grebes were reported at the southern end of the Quabbin Reservoir.
Trudy Tynan, a member of the Hampshire Bird Club and a retired reporter for The Associated Press, edits the sightings that are compiled by Seth Kellogg of Southwick. For more information www. hampshirebirdclub.org. Call (781) 259-8805 for state bird sightings. To record sightings, call (781) 259-8805 Ext. 2 and wait for the end of the tape. It is a long-distance call.