Voice of Audubon: local bird sightings
Here are some of this week’s bird sightings from the Western Voice of Audubon.
The fallout of migrants due to cool and wet weather continued this week with more reports of uncommon species such as great egret, Virginia rail, lesser yellowlegs, least sandpiper and black-billed cuckoo.
Also seen were migrating common nighthawks, willow and alder flycatchers and Swainson’s thrush. Several species of warblers were reported, including blackpoll, worm-eating, Cape May, bay-breasted, Wilson’s and mourning, plus white-crowned and Lincoln’s sparrows.
Two Bonaparte’s Gulls were found in Turners Falls, and a black-bellied plover was reported in Deerfield.
Eleven white-winged scoters, a black-bellied plover and a Caspian tern were seen 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.