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Voice of Audubon

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

The breeding season has slowed considerably, but second nesting for many species is still in full swing.

Some uncommon species reported this week included wood duck, great blue heron, green heron, osprey, bald eagle, red-shouldered hawk, broad-winged hawk, sharp-shinned hawk, spotted sandpiper, willow flycatcher, alder flycatcher, eastern kingbird, winter wren, golden-crowned kinglet, eastern bluebird, Nashville warbler, Canada warbler, indigo bunting and bobolink.

Swallows are gathering following conclusion of their nesting. Tree swallows make up most of the flocks, but northern rough-winged swallows, barn swallows and bank swallows are also being seen.

An American bittern, a Virginia rail and a sora were seem in Belchertown.

Three Virginia rails, a yellow-billed cuckoo and seven black-billed cuckoos were reported in the Ware area.

Black-billed cuckoos were also calling in back yards in Wendell and Southwick.

Three red crossbills were found in central watershed at the Quabbin Reservoir, and a marsh wren was seen in Holland.

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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