Voice of Audubon: bird sightings in our area
The spring migration is coming to an end, with only the later-arriving species being reported this week, such as common nighthawk, black-billed cuckoo, willow and alder flycatcher, Tennessee, bay-breasted, blackpoll and mourning warbler. Some shorebird waders seen were semipalmated plover, greater and lesser yellowlegs, least, solitary and semipalmated sandpiper.
Also found were double-crested cormorant, common loon, horned grebe, green heron, Wilson’s snipe, peregrine falcon, vesper sparrow and orchard oriole.
A red-headed woodpecker is coming to a feeder in Williamstown.
A red-necked phalarope and a yellow-billed cuckoo were at South Quabbin.
Another yellow-billed cuckoo and a grasshopper sparrow were in Westfield.
Two grasshopper sparrows were in Sunderland and a clay-colored sparrow was in Belchertown.
Three black-bellied plover and three short-billed dowitcher, were in Hadley.
A long-eared owl was in Northampton and a cerulean warbler was noted on Mount Holyoke.
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.