Voice of Audubon: bird sightings in our area

Here are this week’s bird sightings from the Western Voice of Audubon.

A red crossbill was heard calling as it flew over the southern end of the Quabbin Reservoir.

A black vulture was seen in Belchertown.

Black-billed cuckoos were heard calling in Pittsfield and Southwick

Two soras and an osprey were seen in Southwick.

Four blackpoll warblers, three magnolia warblers, two mourning warblers and a Canada warbler were found on Mt. Greylock

Broods of hooded and common mergansers were reported.

Other notable nesting birds found were wood duck, great blue heron, green heron, pileated woodpecker, willow flycatcher, yellow-throated vireo, eastern bluebird, and raven.

Also seen were nesting brown creeper, hermit thrush, Louisiana waterthrush, prairie warbler, blackburnian warbler, black-throated green warbler and indigo bunting.

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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