Here are this week’s bird sightings from the Voice of Audubon for western Massachusetts.
The breeding season is quickly coming to a close, even for second nesters. Sightings this week included reports of wood duck, great blue heron, turkey vulture, killdeer, spotted sandpiper, belted kingfisher, least flycatcher, warbling vireo, common raven, barn swallow, Carolina wren, blue-gray gnatcatcher, eastern bluebird, gray catbird, Louisiana waterthrush, common yellowthroat, American redstart, yellow warbler, indigo bunting and rose-breasted grosbeak.
A swallow-tailed kite was seen circling over the village of Miller’s Falls last Tuesday.
A lark sparrow was heard and seen briefly in Gill near the parking lot of the Oak Ridge golf course on West Gill Road.
Great egrets were reported in Ware, Cheshire and Belchertown.
Twelve green herons were counted in an Amherst marsh, and 12 orchard orioles were seen in Hadley.
Six solitary sandpipers, 13 least sandpipers, and a semi-palmated sandpiper were reported in the Arcadia Marsh mudflats in Easthampton.
A pied-billed grebe was seen in Springfield, and a whip-poor-will was heard calling at south end 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.