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Voice of Audubon: bird sightings

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

Some birders managed to get out in the field despite the bitter cold and wind this week. They reported some waterfowl on still open streams and ponds including northern pintail, common goldeneye, and common merganser.

They also saw ruffed grouse, northern harrier, bald eagle, peregrine falcon, merlin, American kestrel, great horned owl, barred owl, belted kingfisher, northern flicker, pileated woodpecker and common raven. Other winter and lingering species found were horned lark, eastern catbird, yellow-rumped warbler and eastern meadowlark.

Feeders were busy, and those staying at home were able to enjoy Cooper’s hawk, sharp-shinned hawk, mourning dove, red-bellied, downy, and hairy woodpeckers, blue jay, tufted titmouse, black-capped chickadee, white-breasted nuthatch and Carolina wren.

Other winter feeder species reported were tree sparrow, song sparrow, white-throated sparrow, dark-eyed junco, northern cardinal, house finch and American goldfinch.

A rough-legged hawk, three short-eared owls and three Lapland longspurs continue to be seen in Hadley.

Two short-eared owls and 200 snow buntings were found on the Arcadia meadows in 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.

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