Voice of Audubon
Here are this week’s bird sightings from the Voice of Audubon for western Massachusetts.
Open water has brought more migrating water birds to the region. Found this week were mute swan, wood duck, northern pintail, ring-necked duck, bufflehead, common goldeneye, hooded merganser and common merganser. Also reported were great blue heron and belted kingfisher.
Early land bird arrivals were turkey vulture, fox sparrow, red-winged blackbird and common grackle.
Other unusual land birds reported were fish crow, hermit thrush, yellow-rumped warbler, chipping sparrow, savannah sparrow and eastern meadowlark.
Flocks of greater scaup have been reported in Northfield, Turners Falls, Northampton, Sheffield and Agawam.
A horned grebe, a short-eared owl and a clay-colored sparrow were reported in Hadley.
A golden eagle was seen again at South Quabbin.
A redhead and an iceland gull were in Agawam and a lesser scaup was in Northampton.
A common redpoll came to a feeder in Granby, and a tree swallow was seen in a Shutesbury yard.
Six iceland gulls, a glaucous gull and a lesser black-backed gull were reported in Turners Falls
Seven black vultures and a northern shrike were seen in Sheffield.
Another northern shrike was found in Hatfield.
Two white-winged scoters were in seen South Hadley, and a glaucous gull and 50 snow buntings were reported in Williamstown.
A red crossbill was heard in flight in Gill.
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.