Voice of Audubon
Here are this week’s bird sightings from the Voice of Audubon for western Massachusetts.
This week’s unusual lingering species included northern pintail, ring-necked duck, peregrine falcon, merlin, northern harrier, winter wren, hermit thrush, yellow-rumped warbler, snow bunting and red-winged blackbird.
Normal wintering species being seen were common goldeneye, common merganser, hooded merganser, fish crow, horned lark, eastern bluebird, American robin, tree sparrow and white-throated sparrow.
A snowy owl continues to be found in the meadows west of Old Deerfield, and a short-eared owl was also seen on one day.
A rough-legged hawk, four short-eared owls, two Lapland longspurs and a rusty blackbird were reported n the Honeypot section of Hadley.
A female Barrow’s goldeneye, five Iceland gulls, two glaucous gulls and a lesser black-backed gulls were found in Turners Falls.
Two glaucous gulls and three Iceland gulls were seen in Agawam.
A gadwall was found on Cheshire Lake, and another was at the southern end of the Quabbin Reservoir.
A northern shrike continues to be reported at the Moran Area in Windsor.
Four black vultures, a northern shrike and 20 rusty blackbirds were seen in Sheffield.
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.