Voice of Audubon
Here are some of this week’s bird sightings from the Voice of Audubon for western Massachusetts.
The number of regular migrant water birds found on the Connecticut River continues to increase, with the most notable species being northern pintail, American wigeon, green-winged teal, ring-necked duck, bufflehead and pied-billed grebe.
Wintering water birds are still being reported including mute swan, common goldeneye, hooded merganser and common merganser.
Early arrivals found back on territory were great blue heron, red-shouldered hawk, American woodcock, killdeer, belted kingfisher and eastern phoebe.
Wintering or early migrant land birds of interest were Cooper’s hawk, sharp shinned hawk, merlin, American kestrel, pileated woodpecker, horned lark, common raven, red-breasted nuthatch, winter wren, snow bunting, yellow-rumped warbler, cedar waxwing, eastern towhee and fox sparrow.
Four greater scaup, two lesser scaup, two canvasbacks, a redhead, a long-tailed duck, a red-breasted merganser, an Iceland gull and a glaucous gull were reported on the Connecticut River in Turners Falls.
A gadwall, six greater scaup, a lesser scaup, a red-necked grebe, a rough-legged hawk and four Lapland longspurs were seen in Hadley.
Three northern shovelers, a horned grebe and a red-necked grebe were found on open water in Holyoke.
A golden eagle was spotted on the west side of the Quabbin Reservoir.
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.