Voice of Audubon

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

Better weather brought more birds and birders out this week. Some uncommon raptors were reported included northern harrier, bald eagle, peregrine falcon, merlin, American kestrel and great horned owl.

Also seen were belted kingfisher, northern flicker, yellow-bellied sapsucker, hermit thrush, yellow-rumped warbler and eastern meadowlark.

Despite the ice on the Connecticut River, new ducks have pushed north and found some ice-free areas. Seen were American wigeon, wood duck, northern pintail, ring-necked duck and bufflehead.

Three short-eared owls and two rough legged hawks continue to be reported in the Honeypot meadows of Hadley.

A snowy owl appeared briefly in Dalton and the northern shrike continues to be seen in Windsor.

Two long-tailed ducks and a greater scaup were found on the Connecticut River in Agawam.

A horned grebe was on the river in Northampton and a long-eared owl was heard calling in Amherst.

A male Barrow’s goldeneye and a lesser black-backed gull were found in Turners Falls.

A total of 19 black vultures were counted 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.

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