Voice of Audubon: Bird sightings in western Massachusetts

Here are this week’s bird sightings from the Western Voice of Audubon.

Eight common mergansers, six blue-winged teal, a sanderling, a pectoral sandpiper, a yellow-billed cuckoo and an olive-sided flycatcher were seen in Longmeadow.

Two great egrets, a golden plover, two semipalmated plovers, two lesser yellowlegs and a clay-colored sparrow were reported in Hadley.

A great egret, a lesser yellowlegs and more than 1,100 migrating nighthawks were seen in Northampton.

A pied-billed grebe and seven green herons were found in Belchertown.

Northern harriers were in reported in Westhampton and Chesterfield.

An olive-sided flycatcher was found in Leverett, and a great egret was seen in Southwick.

Migrants reported included green-winged teal, least, semipalmated and solitary sandpipers, ospreys, broad-winged hawks, sharp-shinned hawks, merlins, red-breasted nuthatches, blackpoll warblers and hundreds of bobolinks.

Notable resident species seen were common loons, double-crested cormorants, bald eagles, Cooper’s hawks, spotted sandpipers, whip-poor-wills, peregrine falcons, American kestrels, yellow-throated vireos, blue-gray gnatcatchers. Lingering warblers included magnolia, chestnut-sided, black-throated green and prairie.

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.

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