Voice of Audubon: bird sightings in our region
Here are this week’s bird sightings from the Voice of Audubon for western Massachusetts.
The variety and number of water birds in the region continues to be spectacular. Most often reported were mute swan, northern pintail, American wigeon, green-winged teal, ring-necked duck, bufflehead, common goldeneye, hooded merganser and common merganser.
Some migrant land birds found were great blue heron, northern harrier, American kestrel, merlin, American woodcock, killdeer, eastern phoebe, tree swallow, rough-winged swallow, red-breasted nuthatch, winter wren, ruby-crowned kinglet, fox sparrow and rusty blackbird.
Robins and red-winged blackbirds are now widespread and abundant.
A pink-footed goose and 40 snow geese were seen in Hatfield on Sunday, and the pink-footed goose was found Monday morning on Stockbridge Road in Hadley.
A white fronted goose was seen Sunday at the island in the Connecticut River in Longmeadow.
A red-headed woodpecker is coming to a feeder at 369 Summer St. in Lanesboro.
Two canvasbacks and two blue-winged teals were seen in Agawam.
Two redheads, 20 canvasbacks, 12 greater scaup, two lesser scaup, a long-tailed duck, a red-breasted merganser, two American coot and two lesser black-backed gulls were reported on the Connecticut River in Turners Falls.
A cackling goose was found in Northampton and a snowy owl was seen on the summit of Mount Greylock.
Twelve greater scaup, and a red-necked grebe were reported in Hadley.
Northern shrikes were noted in Shutesbury, Westhampton and Windsor.
Two gadwall were reported in Longmeadow and a northern goshawk was seen in Cummington.
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.