Voice of Audubon
Here are this week’s bird sightings from the Voice of Audubon for western Massachusetts.
In the last two weeks, flocks of snow buntings have lingered in the region on their way north.
Other hints of spring are a few land bird migrants and arrivals, such as turkey vulture, fox sparrow, red-winged blackbird, common grackle and purple finch.
Other unusual land birds reported were yellow-bellied sapsucker, red-breasted nuthatch, hermit thrush, yellow-rumped warbler, and eastern meadowlark.
Also prominent now are flocks of horned larks, American robins, cedar waxwings and American goldfinches.
Raptors noted were bald eagle, northern harrier, Cooper’s Hawk, peregrine falcon, merlin and American kestrel.
Present in open water on the Connecticut River were northern pintail, ring-necked duck, bufflehead, common goldeneye, hooded merganser and common merganser.
Twelve greater scaup and a red-necked grebe were seen in Northampton.
Two red-breasted merganser were at the southern end of the Quabbin Reservoir and two greater scaup were in Turners Falls.
Two black vultures and a northern shrike were seen in Sheffield.
A short-eared owl, six Lapland longspurs and a clay-colored sparrow were reported in Hadley.
An evening grosbeak flew over Belchertown, and two rusty blackbirds visited a feeder in Granby.
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.