Voice of Audubon
Here are this week’s bird sightings from the Voice of Audubon for western Massachusetts.
Migrant and breeding shorebirds seen in our region this week included killdeer, solitary sandpiper, spotted sandpiper, least sandpiper and semipalmated sandpiper. Also prominent in local marshes and along rivers were wood duck, great blue heron, green heron and great egret. Raptors seen were osprey, bald eagle, sharp-shinned hawk, Cooper’s hawk, red-shouldered hawk and merlin.. Some other prominent species were eastern kingbird, barn swallow, cliff swallow, winter wren, blue-winged warbler, prairie warbler, northern parula, Canada warbler, Wilson’s warbler, indigo bunting and bobolink.
A Baird’s sandpiper was seen on the Westfield River beyond the dike at the end of Circuit Avenue in West Springfield.
A black-crowned night-heron was reported in the lagoon along the Big E parking lot in West Springfield.
An immature little blue heron was found Sunday at the Bondi’s Island boat ramp in Agawam.
Two greater yellowlegs, six lesser yellowlegs, and a white-rumped sandpiper were in the Arcadia Marsh mudflats in Easthampton.
A yellow-bellied flycatcher was reported in Pelham and two greater yellowlegs were at the north 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.