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Voice of Audubon: bird sightings in our area

Here are some of this week’s bird sightings from the Voice of Audubon for western Massachusetts.

An immature little blue heron was found at Szot Park in Chicopee, then at the Springfield Plaza in a pond next to the theater parking lot.

Four common loons, two great egrets and two red-shouldered hawks were reported in New Salem.

Two common loons were seen in Hinsdale, and a sharp-shinned hawk was found at the southern end of the Quabbin Reservoir.

A peregrine falcon was seen in Belchertown and a cliff swallow was reported in Amherst.

The nesting season is winding down but now many young and old birds are hanging around, with the young learning how to find food on their own.

Reported this week were wood duck, green heron, great blue heron, bald eagle, red-tailed hawk, killdeer, spotted sandpiper, yellow-bellied sapsucker, alder flycatcher, Louisiana waterthrush and indigo bunting.

Mixed flocks of chimney swifts, tree, barn, and bank swallows are now forming near lakes and marshes.

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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