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Voices of Audubon: bird sightings in our area

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

Migrating waterfowl still hold the stage in the valley with flocks of up to thousands of Canada Geese being seen. Also being reported are snow geese, American wigeon, northern pintail, blue-winged teal, bufflehead and double-crested cormorant.

Sizable flocks of ring-necked ducks, hooded merganser and common merganser are also being seen.

Observed on land were northern harrier, black vulture, American kestrel, peregrine falcon, American woodcock, killdeer, eastern phoebe, hermit thrush, yellow-rumped warbler, tree swallow, winter wren, Lapland longspur, fox sparrow and rusty blackbird.

A pink-footed goose and a greater white-fronted goose were last seen in Hadley on Friday.

However, a pink footed goose and a white-fronted goose were also seen on Saturday in Southwick.

A tundra swan and a lesser yellowlegs were reported 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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