Voice of Audubon
Here are this week’s bird sightings from the Voice of Audubon for western Massachusetts.
Uncommon wintering and lingering species were widely reported again this week.
These included mute swan, northern pintail, ring-necked duck, common goldeneye, horned grebe, red-shouldered hawk, peregrine falcon, merlin, American kestrel, northern harrier, winter wren, ruby-crowned kinglet, hermit thrush, yellow-rumped warbler, palm warbler, snow bunting and red-winged blackbird.
The snowy owl was last reported on Sunday but a short-eared owl continues to be seen in the meadows along the Connecticut River in Deerfield.
A rough-legged hawk, four short-eared owls, 25 Lapland longspurs and a rusty blackbird were seen in Hadley.
A Barrow’s goldeneye, a red-breasted merganser, five Iceland gulls, two glaucous gulls and a lesser black-backed gulls were among the gulls found on the Connecticut River near the dam at Turners Falls.
Three Iceland gulls, two glaucous gulls and a lesser black-backed gull were reported in Agawam.
Gadwalls were seen at the southern end of the Quabbin Reservoir and in Cheshire.
Four black vultures, a northern shrike and 20 rusty blackbirds were reported in Sheffield.
A northern shrike continues to be seen in Windsor, and a greater scaup in Springfield.
A short-eared owl was seen in the Arcadia Meadows of Northampton.
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.