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					                                 BIRD NEWS OF WESTERN MASSACHUSETTS
                                    NOVEMBER-DECEMBER 2009 REPORT

 This report is dedicated to the memory of Chris Ellison, whose enthusiasm for birds and friendly good humor
                            will be fondly missed. He was taken from us far too soon.

Key
resident = a species breeding in the region (not expected in winter except as noted)
migrant = a species breeding north of our region and passing through in spring or fall
visitor = a species breeding outside of our region, but present in some numbers for extended period in summer or
winter
vagrant = a species breeding outside of our region and very rarely present here, usually for short periods

record = presence of one individual or a similar number of individuals at one location on a single day, or over several
days, or, in the case of breeding or visiting birds, over a period of several weeks or months..
peak number(s) = largest or relatively large numbers of individuals of a species reported at a certain location and in one
day
early, late date(s) = a record outside of the typical range of arrival or departure
winter count = Christmas Count

Status Categories: Mostly a measure of how often a species is detected and reported, not necessarily its abundance
Common = more than 30 records in region per year or period
Uncommon = 10-30 records in region per year or period
Rare = less than 10 records per year or period, but more than 40 ever
Casual = 7-40 records ever (in caps)
Accidental = less than 7 records ever (in caps)

Unless noted, all sightings of uncommon or rare species are listed.

Summary for Western Mass Winter Counts
The 307 observers on the nine WM winter counts in 2009 was a record and the 954 party hours was above average, as
was the 109 species recorded. The record number of species, 114 set in 2001, still stands. Record species totals were
the 83 Wood Ducks, 57 Bald Eagles, 344 Red-tailed Hawks, and 3230 White-throated Sparrows. High counts close to
a record were for Sharp-shinned and Cooper’s Hawk, Yellow-bellied Sapsucker, Red-bellied and Hairy Woodpecker,
American Robin, Eastern Towhee, Dark-eyed Junco, Snow Bunting, Northern Cardinal, and Red-winged Blackbird.
Species recorded rarely (now fewer than ten times in 30 years) were White-winged Scoter, Double-crested Cormorant,
Turkey Vulture, Lesser Black-backed Gull, Snowy Owl, Clay-colored and Lincoln’s Sparrow.

Unusually scarce on the counts were Common Merganser, Ruffed Grouse, all three common gulls, Great Horned Owl,
Horned Lark, Field Sparrow, Swamp Sparrow, and Evening Grosbeak. Often expected but missed entirely were
Gadwall, American Coot, White-crowned Sparrow and Common Redpoll.

Averages for the combined WM winter counts are for the 20-year period 1990-2009.
Peak counts for the combined WM winter counts are over the 30-year period 1980-2009

Snow Goose                       Uncommon migrant, rare in winter
                                 11/29    126       Sheffield                   J. Drucker
                                 12/12      1       Hadley                      P. Yeskie
                                 12/17      5       Hadley                      H. Allen
                                 12/20      1       Hadley                      S. Surner, J. P. Smith (Winter Count)
                                 12/31      2       Hadley                      J. P. Smith (Winter Count)
                                 1/1        2       South Berkshire             Winter Count
                  Now 66 December records since 1982, 48 since 1998.
                  On WM winter counts 15 of 20 years, average 9, peak 121 in 1989.

CACKLING GOOSE    Casual vagrant
                  11/5-29        1     Turners Falls          J. P. Smith, vo
                  Now 8 period records since 2006.

Canada Goose      Common year round resident and migrant – peak counts
                  11/19     1500     Turners Falls          J. P. Smith
                  12/19-1/1 9964     Western Mass           Winter Counts
                  12/31     3300     Hadley                 J. P. Smith
                  Average number on WM winter counts is 9023, peak 18,024 in 2001.

Mute Swan         Uncommon and local year round resident
                  11/7,26       2      W Brookfield           M. Lynch
                  11/22-12/12 2        Southwick              S. Kellogg
                  11/29        40      Turners Falls          H. Allen
                  12/19         3      Athol Area             Winter Count
                  12/27         1      Westfield              T. Swochak (Winter Count)
                  12/27         7      Southwick              S. Kellogg (Winter Count)
                  Count of 40 matches high count in 2007 at Turners Falls and in region.
                  On WM winter counts in 16 of 20 years, average 24, peak 81 in 2002.

Wood Duck         Common resident and migrant, rare in winter – peak count, late dates
                  11/2        36      Holyoke                 B. Staron
                  11/29        1      Cheshire                M. Lynch
                  11/29        1      Onota                   N. Purdy
                  11/29        2      Richmond                M. Lynch
                  12/19       63      Agawam                  S. Kellogg, J. Zepko, S. Svec (W.C)
                  12/19        1      Chicopee                T. Swochak (Winter Count)
                  12/19        1      Holyoke                 B. Bieda (Winter Count)
                  12/19        4      Springfield             A. & L. Richardson (Winter Count)
                  12/19       13      Springfield             J. Orcutt (Winter Count)
                  Now 41 December records since 1996, previous highest December count is 8.
                  Average number on WM winter counts is 13, peak 83 in 2009.

Gadwall           Uncommon migrant, rare in winter
                  11/12          3      North Quabbin          C. Ellison
                  Average 2.4 period records per year since 1979, most 14 in 1995.
                  Now 50 December records since 1979, 9 before then
                  On WM winter counts 13 of 20 years, average 3, peak 12 in 1999.

American Wigeon   Uncommon migrant, rare in winter
                  11/3-12        1      Longmeadow             T. Alicea
                  11/7,14        1      Agawam                 S. Kellogg
                  11/12          1      Chicopee               A. & L. Richardson
                  11/12          4      North Quabbin          C. Ellison
                  11/17          1      Springfield Area       A. & L. Richardson
                  11/26          1      W Brookfield           M. Lynch
                  12/12          1      Southwick              S. Kellogg
                  12/27          2      Greenfield Area        Winter Count
                  Average 5.4 period records per year since 1979, most 11 in 1995, 35 in December
                    Average number on WM winter counts is 2 (13 years), peak 8 in 2001.

Black Duck          Common migrant and winter visitor, rare resident – peak and winter counts
                    11/16       40     Eeast Quabbin             L. Therrien
                    12/19       35     Central Berkshire         Winter Count
                    12/19       56     North Berkshire           Winter Count
                    12/19      106     Springfield Area          Winter Count
                    12/19        7     Athol Area                Winter Count
                    12/20       72     Northampton Area          Winter Count
                    12/26       46     Quabbin Area              Winter Count
                    12/27       19     Cobble Mt                 Winter Count
                    12/27       34     Greenfield Area           Winter Count
                    12/28       10     South Quabbin             L. Therrien
                    1/1          2     South Berkshire           Winter Count
                    12/19-1/1 377      Western Mass              Winter Counts
                    Average number on WM winter counts is 655, peak 1146 in 1993.

Mallard             Common year round resident
                    12/19-1/1 3658     Western Mass          Winter Counts
                    Average number on WM winter counts is 3290, peak 4306 in 1994.

Blue-winged Teal    Uncommon migrant – late dates
                    11/8          1      Sheffield                M. Lynch
                    11/12         2      North Quabbin            C. Ellison
                    Now 8 period records since 1978, latest date 11/18.

Northern Shoveler   Rare migrant, casual in winter
                    12/8           1      Longmeadow             N. Eaton
                    Now 36 period records since 1979, 6 before then.
                    On WM winter counts 3 of 20 years, peak 3 in 2000.

Northern Pintail    Uncommon migrant, rare in winter
                    11/16          3      East Quabbin           L. Therrien
                    11/21          3      Quabbin                L. Therrien
                    12/19          2      Agawam                 S. Svec (Winter Count)
                    12/20          1      Hadley                 S. Surner, J. P. Smith (Winter Count)
                    12/27          1      Southwick              S. Kellogg (Winter Count)
                    12/27          1      Southwick              S. Svec (Winter Count)
                    Average 5.3 period records per year since 1980, most 20, 50 in December.
                    On WM winter counts 17 of 20 years, average 6, peak 17 in 2008.

Green-winged Teal   Common migrant, rare in winter – peak numbers at all locations
                    11/3,10  3,10       Longmeadow            T. Alicea
                    11/7       10       W Brookfield          M. Lynch
                    11/8,9      1       Stockbridge           H. Allen, R. Laubach
                    11/8        4       Sheffield             M. Lynch
                    11/12      17       North Quabbin         C. Ellison
                    11/22       4       Longmeadow            T. Alicea, J. Cavanaugh
                    11/29       2       Richmond              M. Lynch
                    11/29       1       Stockbridge           M. Lynch
                    12/14       5       Pittsfield            R. Laubach
                    12/27       5       Greenfield Area       Winter Count
                      Now 22 December records since 1982.
                      On WM winter counts 12 of 20 years, average 3, peak 13 in 1998.

Redhead               Rare migrant
                      11/16         1      Sheffield              N. Kotovich
                      Now 33 period records since 1979, 11 before then.

Ring-necked Duck      Common migrant, rare in winter – peak numbers, late dates
                      11/8      500       Mud Pond               T. Gagnon
                      11/16      69       Eeast Quabbin          L. Therrien
                      11/21      56       Quabbin                L. Therrien
                      12/14        1      Cheshire               R. Laubach
                      12/19        1      Agawam                 S. Kellogg (Winter Count)
                      12/19        1      Agawam                 S. Perreault, M. Novak (Winter Count)
                      12/19        2      Chicopee               T. Swochak (Winter Count)
                      Now 46 December records since 1996.
                      On WM winter counts 17 of 20 years, average 38, peaks 327 in 1998, 274 in 2001.

Greater Scaup         Uncommon migrant, rare in winter
                      11/7           1      Brookfield             M. Lynch
                      11/8           1      Cheshire               T. Gagnon
                      11/12          4      North Quabbin          C. Ellison
                      11/28,30       1      Southwick              S. Kellogg
                      Average 5.8 period records per year since 1979, most 17 in 1992, 54 in December.
                      On WM winter counts 10 of 20 years, peak 5 in 2001.

Lesser Scaup          Uncommon migrant
                      11/1           3      South Quabbin          S. Surner
                      11/15          6      Cheshire               C. Jones
                      11/15          1      Lenox                  M. Iliff
                      11/21          1      Quabbin                L. Therrien
                      11/29          3      Richmond               M. Lynch
                      12/12          1      Southwick              S. Kellogg
                      Average 6.4 period records per year since 1982, most 15 in 1992, 33 in December.
                      On WM winter counts 6 of 20 years, peak 5 in 2007.

Surf Scoter           Uncommon migrant
                      11/1           3      South Quabbin          S. Surner
                      11/12          3      North Quabbin          C. Ellison
                      11/15          1      North Quabbin          B. Lafley
                      11/23          1      South Quabbin          L. Therrien
                      Average 2.0 period records per year since 1979, 3 before then, peak 8 in 1997.

White-winged Scoter   Uncommon migrant
                      11/1           1      South Quabbin          S. Surner
                      11/8           2      South Quabbin          S. Kellogg
                      11/14          1      Stockbridge            N. Kotovich
                      11/21          1      Quabbin                L. Therrien
                      12/26          1      Quabbin Area           Winter Count
                      Average 2.1 period records per year since 1982, most 8 in 1997, 4 in December.
                      On WM winter counts 4 of 20 years, peak 3 in 1990.
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Black Scoter         Uncommon migrant
                     11/7           2      South Quabbin          L. Therrien
                     11/12          4      North Quabbin          C. Ellison
                     11/29          1      South Quabbin          L. Therrien
                     Average 5.2 period records per year since 1978, most 13 in 1986, 7 in December.
                     On WM winter counts in 1994 (1).

Long-tailed Duck     Uncommon migrant
                     11/1           1      South Quabbin          S. Surner
                     11/3         45       Pontoosuc              B. Cook
                     11/7,8         1      South Quabbin          M. Lynch, L. Therrien
                     11/15          1      North Quabbin          B. Lafley
                     11/19          1      Turners Falls          J. P. Smith
                     11/21          1      Quabbin                L. Therrien
                     11/28          6      Quabbin                L. Therrien
                     11/29          1      Pontoosuc              N. Purdy
                     Average 5.1 period records per year since 1978, most 8 in 1990, 10 before then.
                     On WM winter counts 4 years, peak 2 in 1995.

Bufflehead           Common migrant, rare in winter – peak numbers at all locations
                     11/8         5      Pontoosuc              T. Gagnon
                     11/8       12       Stockbridge            H. Allen
                     11/9         9      South Quabbin          L. Therrien
                     11/12        6      North Quabbin          C. Ellison
                     11/21        3      Quabbin                L. Therrien
                     11/28        3      Southwick              S. Kellogg
                     12/26        1      Quabbin Area           Winter Count
                     Now 47 December records since 1985.
                     On WM winter counts 14 of 20 years, average 4, peak 29 in 1994.


Common Goldeneye     Common migrant and winter visitor – peak and count numbers
                     11/29       12     Richmond                M. Lynch
                     11/29       10     Stockbridge             M. Lynch
                     12/1        80     Turners Falls           H. Allen
                     12/19       45     North Berkshire         Winter Count
                     12/19       22     Springfield Area        Winter Count
                     12/20       16     Northampton Area        Winter Count
                     12/26        9     Quabbin Area            Winter Count
                     12/27       98     Greenfield Area         Winter Count
                     12/19-1/1 190      Western Mass            Winter Counts
                     Average number on WM winter counts is 188, peak 359 in 1992.

Barrow’s Goldeneye   Rare migrant and winter visitor
                     11/29          1     Turners Falls          H. Allen
                     12/1           1     Turners Falls          H. Allen
                     Now 20 period records since 1980, one before then.
                     On WM winter counts 7 of 20 years, peak 2 in 2000.

Hooded Merganser     Common migrant, uncommon resident and winter visitor – peak and count numbers
                     11/7       14      W Brookfield         M. Lynch
                     11/8       14      Sheffield            M. Lynch
                         11/12       13     North Quabbin         C. Ellison
                         11/29       15     Orange                H. Allen
                         12/1        14     Turners Falls         H. Allen
                         12/7        15     Ludlow                H. & M. Schwartz
                         12/19        8     Central Berkshire     Winter Count
                         12/19       35     Springfield Area      Winter Count
                         12/20       13     Northampton Area      Winter Count
                         12/26       26     Quabbin Area          Winter Count
                         12/27        2     Cobble Mt             Winter Count
                         12/27       14     Greenfield Area       Winter Count
                         1/1          4     South Berkshire       Winter Count
                         12/19-1/1 100      Western Mass          Winter Counts
                         Average number on WM winter counts is 126, peak 379 in 2001.

Common Merganser         Common migrant and winter visitor, uncommon resident - peak and count numbers
                         11/8       120     Pontoosuc             H. Allen
                         11/15       20     Ludlow                S. Surner
                         11/26      226     W Brookfield          M. Lynch
                         11/29       26     Stockbridge           M. Lynch
                         12/19       12     Athol Area            Winter Count
                         12/19        1     Central Berkshire     Winter Count
                         12/19       61     Springfield Area      Winter Count
                         12/20       62     Northampton Area      Winter Count
                         12/26       39     Quabbin Area          Winter Count
                         12/27       17     Cobble Mt             Winter Count
                         12/27       33     Greenfield Area       Winter Count
                         1/1         18     South Berkshire       Winter Count
                         12/19-1/1 243      Western Mass          Winter Counts
                         Average number on WM winter counts is 879, peak 2839 in 2002.

Red-breasted Merganser   Uncommon migrant
                         11/8           1      Pontoosuc              T. Gagnon
                         11/9           1      South Quabbin          L. Therrien
                         11/14          3      Stockbridge            N. Kotovich
                         11/21          1      Quabbin                L. Therrien
                         11/29          1      Pontoosuc              N. Purdy
                         12/27          1      Southwick              S. Kellogg (Winter Count)
                         Average 4.2 period records per year since 1982, most 12 in 1994, 28 in December.
                         On WM winter counts 5 of 20 years, peak 5 in 1982.

Ruddy Duck               Uncommon migrant, rare in winter
                         11/8         17       Mud Pond               H. Allen
                         11/15          7      Ludlow                 S. Surner
                         11/15          1      Richmond               M. Iliff
                         11/29          2      Richmond               M. Lynch
                         Average 5.2 period records per year since 1979, most 9 in 2006, 34 in December.
                         On WM winter counts 10 of 20 years, average 3, peak 23 in 2001.

Ring-necked Pheasant     Uncommon year round resident
                         11/15       3     Tyringham                 M. Iliff
                         12/19       4     Athol Area                Winter Count
                         12/19       3     North Berkshire           Winter Count
                    12/20        2     Northampton Area       Winter Count
                    Average number on WM winter counts is 18, peak 41 in 1994.

Ruffed Grouse       Common year round resident
                    12/19        2     Athol Area             Winter Count
                    12/19        3     North Berkshire        Winter Count
                    12/19        5     Northampton Area       Winter Count
                    12/20        1     Central Berkshire      Winter Count
                    12/26        8     Quabbin Area           Winter Count
                    1/1          1     South Berkshire        Winter Count
                    12/19-1/1   20     Western Mass           Winter Counts
                    Average number on WM winter counts is 51, peak 102 in 1994.

Wild Turkey         Common year round resident – peak numbers, counts
                    12/19      104     Athol Area            Winter Count
                    12/19       56     Central Berkshire     Winter Count
                    12/19      132     North Berkshire       Winter Count
                    12/19        9     Springfield Area      Winter Count
                    12/20       53     Northampton Area      Winter Count
                    12/26       76     Quabbin Area          Winter Count
                    12/27       15     Cobble Mt             Winter Count
                    12/27        6     Greenfield Area       Winter Count
                    1/1          1     South Berkshire       Winter Count
                    12/19-1/1 452      Western Mass          Winter Counts
                    Average number on WM winter counts is 575, peak 1179 in 2005.

Red-throated Loon   Rare migrant
                    11/8           1      South Quabbin          S. Kellogg
                    11/11          1      Richmond               G. Hurley
                    11/11          1      South Quabbin          L. Therrien
                    11/12          1      North Quabbin          C. Ellison
                    11/26          2      South Quabbin          M. Lynch
                    11/29          1      South Quabbin          L. Therrien
                    Average 2.4 period records per year since 1966, most 10 in 1993.
                    One on WM winter counts in 2002.

Common Loon         Common migrant, local resident and winter visitor – peak numbers, late dates
                    11/15        3     Pontoosuc                C. Jones
                    11/16      26      Eeast Quabbin            L. Therrien
                    11/21      30      Quabbin                  L. Therrien
                    12/7         1     Ludlow                   H. & M. Schwartz
                    12/26        9     Quabbin Area             Winter Count
                    On WM winter counts 19 of 20 years, average 10, peak 25 in 2005.

Pied-billed Grebe   Uncommon migrant, rare in winter
                    11/2       3       Holyoke                  B. Staron
                    11/4       2       Longmeadow               N. Eaton
                    11/5       1       Chicopee                 A. & L. Richardson
                    11/8       1       Richmond                 H. Allen
                    11/15      1       Pontoosuc                C. Jones
                    11/29      1       Pontoosuc                N. Purdy
                    12/7,27    1       Southwick                S. Kellogg (Winter Count)
                           Average 9.2 period records per year since 2000, most 16 in 2003.
                           On WM winter counts 7 of 20 years, peak 2 in 2008.

Horned Grebe               Uncommon migrant and local winter visitor - peak numbers at all locations
                           11/7           2      Stockbridge            N. Purdy
                           11/9         16       South Quabbin          L. Therrien
                           11/14          4      Stockbridge            N. Kotovich
                           11/15          7      North Quabbin          B. Lafley
                           11/15          4      Pontoosuc              C. Jones
                           11/15          4      Richmond               T. Collins, G. Hurley
                           11/15          2      Stockbridge            M. Iliff
                           12/26          9      Quabbin Area           Winter Count
                           12/28        26       South Quabbin          L. Therrien
                           Average 6.2 period records per year since 1991, most 17 in 2006.
                           On WM winter counts 19 of 20 years, average 9, peak 28 in 2005.

Red-necked Grebe           Rare migrant
                           11/1           8      Holyoke                B. Staron
                           11/8,9         1      Stockbridge            H. Allen, R. Laubach
                           11/8           1      Pontoosuc              T. Gagnon
                           11/8           2      South Quabbin          L. Therrien
                           11/12          3      North Quabbin          C. Ellison
                           11/12          2      Pontoosuc              M. & K. Conway
                           11/14          4      Stockbridge            N. Kotovich
                           11/15          6      Lenox                  M. Iliff
                           11/15          1      North Quabbin          B. Lafley
                           11/15          1      Onota                  M. Iliff
                           11/15          4      Pontoosuc              T. Collins, G. Hurley
                           11/15          2      Richmond               M. Iliff
                           11/15          7      Stockbridge            M. Iliff
                           11/16          2      Eeast Quabbin          L. Therrien
                           Average 4.5 period records per year since 1991, most 13 in 2006.
                           On WM winter counts 5 of 20 years, peak 2 in 2006.

Double-crested Cormorant   Common migrant and summer visitor – late dates
                           11/2         1     Holyoke                  B. Staron
                           11/7         3     Brookfield               M. Lynch
                           11/8         1     Hadley                   P. Yeskie
                           11/12        7     North Quabbin            C. Ellison
                           11/16        1     Turners Falls            M. Iliff
                           11/17        1     Springfield              A. & L. Richardson
                           11/26        1     W Brookfield             M. Lynch
                           12/20        1     Northampton Area         Winter Count
                           On WM winter counts 4 of 20 years, peak 6 in 1997.

GREAT CORMORANT            Casual migrant and winter visitor
                           11/21          1     Quabbin                 L. Therrien
                           Now 26 period records since 1988.

Great Blue Heron           Common resident and migrant, rare in winter – late dates
                           12/19        1      Agawam                  S. Perreault (Winter Count)
                           12/19        1      Pittsfield              Winter Count
                   12/19        2     Chicopee               T. Swochak (Winter Count)
                   Average number on WM winter counts is 13, peak 44 in 2006.

Black Vulture      Rare and local year round resident
                   11/4           1      Granville            J. Weeks
                   11/8           1      Sheffield            M. Lynch
                   11/26         15      Sheffield            J. Drucker
                   11/29          2      Sheffield            J. Drucker
                   12/27          1      Southwick            S. Svec (Winter Count)
                   Now 28 period records since 1997.
                   On WM winter counts 3 of 20 years, peak 17 in 2003.

Turkey Vulture     Common resident and migrant, rare in winter – late dates
                   11/1-9       3      Granville               J. Weeks
                   11/2         5      Barre Falls             B. Kamp
                   11/12        4      North Quabbin           C. Ellison
                   On WM winter counts 9 of 20 years, peak 5 in 2003.

Osprey             Common migrant, rare resident – casual in winter, late dates
                   11/7          1      Amherst                H. Allen
                   11/12         1      North Quabbin          C. Ellison
                   11/15         1      Cheshire               C. Jones
                   Now 35 period records since 1982, 4 in December.

Bald Eagle         Uncommon year round resident and migrant – peak and count numbers.
                   11/1-4       3     Granville              J. Weeks
                   11/5-21      3     Barre Falls            B. Kamp
                   11/21        9     Quabbin                L. Therrien
                   12/19        1     Central Berkshire      Winter Count
                   12/19        2     North Berkshire        Winter Count
                   12/19        8     Springfield Area       Winter Count
                   12/19        8     Athol Area             Winter Count
                   12/20        9     Northampton Area       Winter Count
                   12/26       21     Quabbin Area           Winter Count
                   12/27        4     Cobble Mt              Winter Count
                   12/27        4     Greenfield Area        Winter Count
                   12/19-1/1   57     Western Mass           Winter Counts
                   Average number on WM winter counts is 35, peak 57 in 2009.

Northern Harrier   Uncommon migrant, rare and local in winter
                   11/1       3       Barre Falls               B. Kamp
                   11/1       1       Granville                 J. Weeks
                   11/3       1       Amherst                   H. Allen
                   11/4       3       Granville                 J. Weeks
                   11/8       1       Granville                 J. Weeks
                   11/8       1       Hadley                    H. Allen
                   11/8       2       Sheffield                 M. Lynch
                   12/7       1       Easthampton               D. McLain
                   12/7       1       Northampton               S. Emerson
                   12/20      4       Northampton Area          Winter Count
                   12/27      1       Deerfield                 T. Gagnon (Winter Count)
                   12/30      2       Hatfield                  H. Allen
                      12/31        1     Hadley                 J. P. Smith
                      Average number on WM winter counts is 5, peak 12 in 1989.

Sharp-shinned Hawk    Common migrant, uncommon resident and winter visitor – peak and count numbers
                      11/1        16     Barre Falls            B. Kamp
                      12/19        4     Athol Area             Winter Count
                      12/19        2     Central Berkshire      Winter Count
                      12/19        6     North Berkshire        Winter Count
                      12/19        3     Springfield Area       Winter Count
                      12/20       11     Northampton Area       Winter Count
                      12/26        5     Quabbin Area           Winter Count
                      12/27        2     Cobble Mt              Winter Count
                      12/27        3     Greenfield Area        Winter Count
                      1/1          5     South Berkshire        Winter Count
                      12/19-1/1   41     Western Mass           Winter Counts
                      Average number on WM winter counts is 35, peak 49 in 2002.

Cooper's Hawk         Uncommon year round resident and migrant – count numbers
                      12/19        5     Athol Area             Winter Count
                      12/19        3     Central Berkshire      Winter Count
                      12/19        3     North Berkshire        Winter Count
                      12/19        3     Springfield Area       Winter Count
                      12/20       18     Northampton Area       Winter Count
                      12/26        1     Quabbin Area           Winter Count
                      12/27        5     Cobble Mt              Winter Count
                      12/27        2     Greenfield Area        Winter Count
                      1/1          2     South Berkshire        Winter Count
                      12/19-1/1   42     Western Mass           Winter Counts
                      Average number on WM winter counts is 27, peak 48 in 2007.

Northern Goshawk      Uncommon year round resident and migrant
                      11/1,16        1      Barre Falls            B. Kamp
                      11/17          2      Barre Falls            B. Kamp
                      11/29          1      Hadley                 P. Yeskie
                      12/19          1      Longmeadow             S. Svec (Winter Count)
                      Average 4.5 period records per year since 1994, most 14 in 2006.
                      On WM winter counts 18 of 20 years, average 4, peak 7 in 2003.

Red-shouldered Hawk   Common resident and migrant, rare in winter - count numbers
                      11/1         5      Barre Falls             B. Kamp
                      11/1         5      Barre Falls             B. Kamp
                      11/1         2      Granville               S. Kellogg
                      11/2        14      Barre Falls             B. Kamp
                      11/2         9      Granville               J. Weeks
                      11/1-21     24      Barre Falls             B. Kamp
                      11/1-22     18      Granville               J. Weeks
                      12/19        1      Hampden                 D. Morrison, K. Leary (Winter Count)
                      12/20        1      Hadley                  J. Rose, C. Page (Winter Count)
                      Now 21 December records since 1996.
                      On WM winter counts 17 of 20 years, average i2, peak 6 in 1993.

Broad-winged Hawk     Uncommon resident and migrant, accidental in winter
                    12/12      1 inj     Belchertown            S. Surner
                    Now 3 period records, 2 in December.

Red-tailed Hawk     Common year round resident and migrant – watch and count numbers
                    11/1-22    125     Granville              J. Weeks
                    11/1-29    105     Barre Falls            B. Kamp
                    11/1        18     Barre Falls            B. Kamp
                    11/1        19     Granville              J. Weeks
                    11/2        24     Granville              J. Weeks
                    11/3        22     Barre Falls            B. Kamp
                    11/4        15     Granville              J. Weeks
                    11/6        27     Barre Falls            B. Kamp
                    11/6        27     Granville              J. Weeks
                    12/19       14     Athol Area             Winter Count
                    12/19       19     Central Berkshire      Winter Count
                    12/19       20     North Berkshire        Winter Count
                    12/19       52     Springfield Area       Winter Count
                    12/20      135     Northampton Area       Winter Count
                    12/26       15     Quabbin Area           Winter Count
                    12/27       16     Cobble Mt              Winter Count
                    12/27       30     Greenfield Area        Winter Count
                    1/1         43     South Berkshire        Winter Count
                    12/19-1/1 344      Western Mass           Winter Counts
                    Average number on WM winter counts is 269, peak 344 in 2009.

Rough-legged Hawk   Rare migrant and winter visitor
                    12/19          1      Southwick              S. Svec (Winter Count)
                    12/26          1      Quabbin Area           Winter Count
                    12/27-30       1      Deerfield              T. Gagnon (Winter Count)
                    Average 2.6 period records per year since 1980, most 12 in 2003.
                    On WM winter counts 14 of 20 years, average 1, peak 18 in 1989.

Golden Eagle        Rare migrant and winter visitor
                    11/2           2      Barre Falls            B. Kamp
                    11/4,5         1      Granville              J. Weeks
                    11/7,8         1      Granville              J. Weeks
                    12/26          1      Quabbin Area           Winter Count
                    Average 3.2 period records per year since 1979, most 10 in 2003.

American Kestrel    Uncommon resident, common migrant, rare in winter – late dates
                    11/2         1      Barre Falls           B. Kamp
                    11/5         1      Chicopee              A. & L. Richardson
                    11/12        1      North Quabbin         C. Ellison
                    12/7         1      Easthampton           D. McLain
                    12/19        1      West Springfield      M. & K. Conway (Winter Count)
                    12/20        3      Northampton Area      Winter Count
                    Average number on WM winter counts is 10, peak 40 in 1981, rare since 1999.

Merlin              Uncommon migrant and winter visitor
                    11/6       1      Granville                 J. Weeks
                    11/12      1      North Quabbin             C. Ellison
                    12/19      1      Agawam                    S. Kellogg, J. Zepko (Winter Count)
                       12/19          1      Central Berkshire      Winter Count
                       12/26          1      Amherst                J. P. Smith
                       12/30          1      Hadley                 H. Allen
                       12/30          1      Sheffield              J. Drucker
                       Average 3.1 period records per year since 1981, most 10 in 2003.
                       On WM winter counts 17 of 20 years, average 3, peak 9 in 2001, 2008.

Peregrine Falcon       Uncommon year round resident and migrant
                       11/12        1     North Quabbin           C. Ellison
                       11/16        1     Northampton             M. Iliff
                       12/19        1     Agawam                  S. Perreault (Winter Count)
                       12/19        1     Chicopee                T. Swochak (Winter Count)
                       12/19        1     Longmeadow              S. Svec (Winter Count)
                       12/20        1     Amherst                 J. Nove, D. Norton (Winter Count)
                       On WM winter counts 14 of 20 years, average 2, peak 5 (5 times since 2002).

Pectoral Sandpiper     Uncommon migrant
                       11/15         1      Onota                  M. Iliff
                       Now 39 period records since 1980.

Wilson’s Snipe         Uncommon resident and migrant
                       11/12         1      North Quabbin          C. Ellison
                       12/20         1      Hatfield               T. Blunt (Winter Count)
                       Now 51 period records since 1982, 11 in December.
                       On WM winter counts 14 of 20 years, average 3, peak 13 in 1990.

Black-bellied Plover   Rare migrant
                       11/21         2      Quabbin                L. Therrien
                       Now 18 period records since 1971.

Killdeer               Common resident – peak numbers, late dates
                       11/26         3      Hadley                S. Surner
                       Now 31 period records since 1982.

American Woodcock      Common resident, casual in winter – late dates
                       11/7          4      W Brookfield            M. Lynch
                       11/12         1      Lenox                   R. Laubach
                       Now 33 period records since 1980.
                       On WM winter counts 2 of 20 years.

Bonaparte’s Gull       Rare migrant
                       11/7          1      South Quabbin           L. Therrien
                       11/7          2      South Quabbin           M. Lynch
                       11/12         1      North Quabbin           C. Ellison
                       11/15         1      Onota                   M. Iliff
                       Now 46 period records since 1979, 5 before then.

Ring-billed Gull       Common visitor August-April, rare and local May-July
                       12/19        4     Athol Area               Winter Count
                       12/19       85     Central Berkshire        Winter Count
                       12/19        4     North Berkshire          Winter Count
                       12/19     447      Springfield Area         Winter Count
                           12/20      112     Northampton Area      Winter Count
                           12/26       16     Quabbin Area          Winter Count
                           12/27      157     Cobble Mt             Winter Count
                           12/27      232     Greenfield Area       Winter Count
                           1/1         19     South Berkshire       Winter Count
                           12/19-1/1 1076     Western Mass          Winter Counts
                           Average number on WM winter counts is 2243, peak 4577 in 2003.

Herring Gull               Common visitor August-April, rare and local May-July
                           12/19        6     Athol Area               Winter Count
                           12/19       15     Central Berkshire        Winter Count
                           12/19        1     North Berkshire          Winter Count
                           12/19       94     Springfield Area         Winter Count
                           12/20       10     Northampton Area         Winter Count
                           12/26       21     Quabbin Area             Winter Count
                           12/27       18     Cobble Mt                Winter Count
                           12/27      134     Greenfield Area          Winter Count
                           1/1          1     South Berkshire          Winter Count
                           12/19-1/1 300      Western Mass             Winter Counts
                           Average number on WM winter counts is 1473, peak 3519 in 1990.

Iceland Gull               Rare winter visitor
                           11/12           1    Hadley                 B. Lafley
                           12/14           1    Turners Falls          H. Allen
                           12/18           1    Turners Falls          J. P. Smith
                           12/19           1    Holyoke                B. Bieda (Winter Count)
                           Now 57 period records per year since 1981, peak 9 in 2005.

Lesser Black-backed Gull   Rare winter visitor
                           12/14           1    Turners Falls         H. Allen
                           12/18           1    Turners Falls         J. P. Smith
                           12/27           1    Turners Falls         Winter Count
                           Now 30 period records since 1981.

Great Black-backed Gull    Common visitor August - April, rare and local May-July
                           12/19       22     Springfield Area         Winter Count
                           12/20        1     Northampton Area         Winter Count
                           12/26        2     Quabbin Area             Winter Count
                           12/27        4     Cobble Mt                Winter Count
                           12/27       18     Greenfield Area          Winter Count
                           12/19        4     Central Berkshire        Winter Count
                           12/19-1/1   51     Western Mass             Winter Counts
                           Average number on WM winter counts is 378, peak 906 in 1994.

Rock Pigeon                Common year round resident
                           12/19-1/1 4718     Western Mass          Winter Counts
                           Average number on WM winter counts is 5697, peak 7905 in 2002.

Mourning Dove              Common year round resident
                           12/19-1/1 3278     Western Mass          Winter Counts
                           Average number on WM winter counts is 5089, peak 7880 in 1998.
Eastern Screech Owl   Common year round resident, rare in highlands - all reports
                      11/13        1     Hadley                   P. Yeskie
                      12/7         1     Easthampton              D. McLain
                      12/18        1     New Braintree            C. Ellison
                      12/19       10     Springfield Area         Winter Count
                      12/20       28     Northampton Area         Winter Count
                      12/27        5     Cobble Mt                Winter Count
                      12/27        5     Cobble Mt                Winter Count
                      1/1          1     South Berkshire          Winter Count
                      12/19-1/1   44     Western Mass             Winter Counts
                      Average number on WM winter counts is 70, peak 129 in 2004.

Great Horned Owl      Common year round resident – all reports
                      12/6         1     Belchertown            S. Surner
                      12/7         1     Easthampton            D. McLain
                      12/18        1     New Braintree          C. Ellison
                      12/19        1     Athol Area             Winter Count
                      12/20        7     Northampton Area       Winter Count
                      12/27        2     Cobble Mt              Winter Count
                      1/1          1     South Berkshire        Winter Count
                      12/19-1/1   11     Western Mass           Winter Counts
                      Average number on WM winter counts is 56, peak 81 in 2001.

Snowy Owl             Rare winter vagrant
                      12/27-28       1      Montague               T. Ricardi
                      In paper with photo. Now 30 period records since 1975, most recently in 2001.

Barred Owl            Common year round resident (highlands)
                      12/19        5     Athol Area             Winter Count
                      12/19        1     Central Berkshire      Winter Count
                      12/19        2     North Berkshire        Winter Count
                      12/20        2     Northampton Area       Winter Count
                      12/26        1     Quabbin Area           Winter Count
                      12/27        1     Cobble Mt              Winter Count
                      1/1          3     South Berkshire        Winter Count
                      12/19-1/1   15     Western Mass           Winter Counts
                      Average number on WM winter counts is 21, peak 38 in 1998.

Long-eared Owl        Rare year round resident and migrant
                      12/17          1      Northampton           many obersvers
                      12/20          1      Hadley                A. Magee, B. Benner (Winter Count)
                      12/20          1      Hadley                D. Peake-Jones, B. Higgins (W. C.)
                      Now 50 period records since 1976, 12 before then.
                      On WM winter counts 9 of 20 years, peak 2, recorded last 4 years.

Saw-whet Owl          Common year round resident and migrant, uncommon in lowlands
                      11/7         4     W Brookfield            M. Lynch
                      12/19        4     Athol Area              Winter Count
                      12/19        1     Holyoke                 D. McLain
                      12/26        1     Quabbin Area            Winter Count
                      On WM winter counts 19 of 20 years, average number is 20, peak 56 in 1991
Belted Kingfisher          Common resident, rare in winter – late dates, count numbers.
                           12/7         1       Northampton              S. Emerson
                           12/19        1       North Berkshire          Winter Count
                           12/19        8       Springfield Area         Winter Count
                           12/19        1       Westfield                E. Goodkin
                           12/20        8       Northampton Area         Winter Count
                           12/25        1       Southwick                S. Kellogg
                           12/26        2       Quabbin Area             Winter Count
                           12/27        4       Greenfield Area          Winter Count
                           12/30        1       Sheffield                J. Drucker
                           1/1          7       South Berkshire          Winter Count
                           12/19-1/1   30       Western Mass             Winter Counts
                           Average number on WM winter counts is 44, peak 70 in 2001.

Red-bellied Woodpecker     Common year round resident - count numbers.
                           12/19       13     Athol Area             Winter Count
                           12/19       11     Central Berkshire      Winter Count
                           12/19       10     North Berkshire        Winter Count
                           12/19       27     Springfield Area       Winter Count
                           12/20      107     Northampton Area       Winter Count
                           12/26       20     Quabbin Area           Winter Count
                           12/27       19     Cobble Mt              Winter Count
                           12/27       22     Greenfield Area        Winter Count
                           1/1         34     South Berkshire        Winter Count
                           12/19-1/1 293      Western Mass           Winter Counts
                           Average number on WM winter counts is 150, peak 295 in 2006.

Yellow-bellied Sapsucker   Common resident, uncommon in winter – late dates, count numbers.
                           12/19        1      Central Berkshire      Winter Count
                           12/19        1      North Berkshire        Winter Count
                           12/19        6      Springfield Area       Winter Count
                           12/20       10      Northampton Area       Winter Count
                           12/22        1      Amherst                J. P. Smith
                           12/27        2      Cobble Mt              Winter Count
                           12/30        1      Sheffield              J. Drucker
                           1/1          5      South Berkshire        Winter Count
                           12/19-1/1   25      Western Mass           Winter Counts
                           On WM winter counts 14 of 20 years, average 4, peak 37 in 2007.

Downy Woodpecker           Common year round resident
                           12/19-1/1 996      Western Mass          Winter Counts
                           Average number on WM winter counts is 874, peak 1103 in 2004.

Hairy Woodpecker           Common year round resident
                           12/19-1/1 323      Western Mass          Winter Counts
                           Average number on WM winter counts is 260, peak 329 in 2005.

Northern Flicker           Common resident, uncommon in winter
                           12/19        1      Athol Area              Winter Count
                           12/19        8      Springfield Area        Winter Count
                           12/20       23      Northampton Area        Winter Count
                           12/26        3      Quabbin Area            Winter Count
                      12/27        7     Cobble Mt              Winter Count
                      12/27        4     Greenfield Area        Winter Count
                      1/1         10     South Berkshire        Winter Count
                      12/19-1/1   56     Western Mass           Winter Counts
                      Average number on WM winter counts is 76, peak 144 in 1998.

Pileated Woodpecker   Common year round resident - winter count numbers.
                      12/20        9     Athol Area              Winter Count
                      12/19        1     Central Berkshire       Winter Count
                      12/19       10     North Berkshire         Winter Count
                      12/19        3     Springfield Area        Winter Count
                      12/20       12     Northampton Area        Winter Count
                      12/26        9     Quabbin Area            Winter Count
                      12/27        3     Cobble Mt               Winter Count
                      12/27        6     Greenfield Area         Winter Count
                      1/1         11     South Berkshire         Winter Count
                      12/19-1/1   64     Western Mass            Winter Counts
                      Average number on WM winter counts is 63, peak 84 in 2003

Eastern Phoebe        Common resident, casual in winter – late date
                      11/1          1      South Quabbin            S. Surner
                      Now 28 period records since 1984.
                      On WM winter counts 12 of 20 years, peak 4 in 1990.

Northern Shrike       Uncommon irruptive migrant and winter resident
                      11/8          1       Sheffield              M. Lynch
                      11/8          1       Windsor                T. Gagnon
                      11/9          1       Richmond               J. Morris-siegel
                      12/25         1       Sheffield              J. Drucker
                      12/26         1       Central Quabbin        L. Therrien, T. Gagnon
                      12/26         4       Quabbin Area           Winter Count
                      12/27         2       Greenfield Area        Winter Count
                      12/27         1       Southwick              S. Svec (Winter Count)
                      12/30         1       Sheffield              J. Drucker
                      Average 10.5 period records per year since 1979, most 70 in 1995 and 50 in 2007.
                      On WM winter counts 18 of 20 years, average 11, peak 50 in 1995.

Warbling Vireo        Common resident – late date
                      11/16           1    Turners Falls           M. Iliff
                      First period record.

Blue Jay              Common year round resident and migrant
                      12/19-1/1 4674     Western Mass          Winter Counts
                      Average number on WM winter counts is 4055, peak 6368 in 199, low 2304 in 2004.

American Crow         Common year round resident and migrant
                      12/19-1/1 11462    Western Mass          Winter Counts
                      Average number on WM winter counts is 9180, peak 16,717 in 2001.

Fish Crow             Uncommon year round resident
                      11/8        1     Pittsfield                 T. Gagnon
                      11/14       1     Stockbridge                N. Kotovich
                          12/19        2     Central Berkshire       Winter Count
                          12/19        3     North Berkshire         Winter Count
                          On WM winter counts 14 of 20 years, average 3, peak 9 in 2002.

Common Raven              Common year round resident – count numbers
                          12/19       34     Athol Area             Winter Count
                          12/19        5     Central Berkshire      Winter Count
                          12/19        4     North Berkshire        Winter Count
                          12/19        2     Springfield Area       Winter Count
                          12/20       13     Northampton Area       Winter Count
                          12/26       33     Quabbin Area           Winter Count
                          12/27        7     Cobble Mt              Winter Count
                          12/27        3     Greenfield Area        Winter Count
                          1/1          7     South Berkshire        Winter Count
                          12/19-1/1 108      Western Mass           Winter Counts
                          Average number on WM winter counts is 80, peak 163 in 2007, low 23 in 1990.

Horned Lark               Common migrant and winter visitor - peak and count numbers
                          12/6       325     Northampton             S. Surner
                          12/19       26     Athol Area              Winter Count
                          12/19       77     North Berkshire         Winter Count
                          12/19       10     Springfield Area        Winter Count
                          12/20      437     Northampton Area        Winter Count
                          12/27       43     Greenfield Area         Winter Count
                          12/31      200     Hadley                  H. Allen
                          1/1        305     South Berkshire         Winter Count
                          12/19-1/1 855      Western Mass            Winter Counts
                          Average number on WM winter counts is 1486, peak 3257 in 199, low 603 in 2003.

Black-capped Chickadee    Common year round resident and migrant
                          12/19-1/1 5263     Western Mass          Winter Counts
                          Average number on WM winter counts is 7093, peak 10634 in 1993.

Tufted Titmouse           Common year round resident
                          12/19-1/1 1587     Western Mass          Winter Counts
                          Average number on WM winter counts is 1553, peak 1992 in 2006.

Red-breasted Nuthatch     Common migrant, uncommon resident, irruptive winter visitor – peak numbers
                          11/16       21     Eeast Quabbin          L. Therrien
                          12/19       56     Athol Area             Winter Count
                          12/19       12     Central Berkshire      Winter Count
                          12/19        9     North Berkshire        Winter Count
                          12/19       15     Springfield Area       Winter Count
                          12/20        7     Northampton Area       Winter Count
                          12/26       47     Quabbin Area           Winter Count
                          12/27       12     Cobble Mt              Winter Count
                          1/1          4     South Berkshire        Winter Count
                          12/19-1/1 162      Western Mass           Winter Counts
                          Average number on WM winter counts is 385, peak 3503 in 1993, low 59 in 2008.

White-breasted Nuthatch   Common year round resident
                          12/19-1/1 1201     Western Mass            Winter Counts
                         Average number on WM winter counts is 1137, peak 1509 in 2001, low 644 in 2000.

Brown Creeper            Common year round resident and migrant - count numbers
                         11/15        5     Ludlow                  S. Surner
                         11/16        5     Eeast Quabbin           L. Therrien
                         12/7         4     Northampton             S. Emerson
                         12/19       21     Athol Area              Winter Count
                         12/19        8     Central Berkshire       Winter Count
                         12/19       12     North Berkshire         Winter Count
                         12/19       11     Springfield Area        Winter Count
                         12/20       35     Northampton Area        Winter Count
                         12/26       38     Quabbin Area            Winter Count
                         12/27        5     Cobble Mt               Winter Count
                         12/27        2     Greenfield Area         Winter Count
                         1/1          9     South Berkshire         Winter Count
                         12/19-1/1 141      Western Mass            Winter Counts
                         Average number on WM winter counts is 112, peak 223 in 1993, low 37 in 2008.

Carolina Wren            Common year round resident, uncommon in hills - count numbers
                         12/19        8     Athol Area             Winter Count
                         12/19        2     North Berkshire        Winter Count
                         12/19       15     Springfield Area       Winter Count
                         12/20       38     Northampton Area       Winter Count
                         12/26        1     Quabbin Area           Winter Count
                         12/27        4     Cobble Mt              Winter Count
                         12/27        7     Greenfield Area        Winter Count
                         1/1          9     South Berkshire        Winter Count
                         12/19-1/1   84     Western Mass           Winter Counts
                         Average number on WM winter counts is 73, peak 210 in 2006, low 12 in 1996.

House Wren               Common resident – late date
                         12/4          1      Hadley               H. Allen
                         Now 7 period records since 1982.

Winter Wren              Common summer resident and migrant – late dates
                         12/14        1     Belchertown            L. Therrien
                         12/19        1     North Berkshire        Winter Count
                         12/19        1     Springfield            A. & L. Richardson (Winter Count)
                         12/20        1     Northampton            T. Gagnon (Winter Count)
                         12/20        1     S Hadley               M. A. Wilson (Winter Count)
                         12/25-28     1     Belchertown            L. Therrien
                         Average number on WM winter counts is 11, peak 26 in 1996, low 3 in 1995.

Golden-crowned Kinglet   Common migrant, uncommon resident - peak and count numbers
                         12/20      57      Athol Area            Winter Count
                         11/21      25      Quabbin               L. Therrien
                         12/19       7      Central Berkshire     Winter Count
                         12/19      15      North Berkshire       Winter Count
                         12/19      37      Springfield Area      Winter Count
                         12/20    166       Northampton Area      Winter Count
                         12/26      95      Quabbin Area          Winter Count
                         12/27      47      Cobble Mt             Winter Count
                       12/27       10     Greenfield Area       Winter Count
                       1/1         40     South Berkshire       Winter Count
                       12/19-1/1 474      Western Mass          Winter Counts
                       Average number on WM winter counts is 476, peak 1088 in 1996, low 139 in 1999.

Ruby-crowned Kinglet   Common migrant, rare in winter – late dates
                       11/5          2     Sheffield               R. Laubach
                       11/8          1     South Quabbin           L. Therrien
                       11/23         1     Belchertown             L. Therrien
                       12/18         2     New Braintree           C. Ellison
                       12/20         1     Amherst                 C. Hoodendyk (Winter Count)
                       12/20         1     Florence                T. Gagnon (Winter Count)
                       12/20         1     Sunderland              H. Lappen (Winter Count)
                       Average 2.5 December records per year since 1982, most 12 in 1994.
                       On WM winter counts in 17 of 20 years, average 3, peak 8 in 2001.

Eastern Bluebird       Common year round resident and migrant – peak and count numbers.
                       12/19        3     Athol Area             Winter Count
                       12/19       16     North Berkshire        Winter Count
                       12/20      293     Northampton Area       Winter Count
                       12/26       11     Quabbin Area           Winter Count
                       12/27       18     Central Berkshire      Winter Count
                       12/27       80     Cobble Mt              Winter Count
                       12/27      102     Greenfield Area        Winter Count
                       12/27       11     Springfield Area       Winter Count
                       1/1         48     South Berkshire        Winter Count
                       12/19-1/1 582      Western Mass           Winter Counts
                       Average number on WM winter counts is 425, peak 790 in 2006, scarce before 1992.

Hermit Thrush          Common resident and migrant, rare in winter - late dates
                       12/6         1      Amherst                 H. Allen
                       12/7         1      Williamsburg            A. Mueller
                       12/19        1      Athol Area              Winter Count
                       12/19        2      Holyoke                 B. Bieda (Winter Count)
                       12/25        1      Northfield              M. Taylor
                       12/26        1      Central Quabbin         L. Therrien, T. Gagnon (Winter Count)
                       1/1          2      South Berkshire         Winter Count
                       On WM winter counts 19 of 20 years (1992), average 9, peak 19 in 2006.

American Robin         Common year round resident and migrant – peak and count numbers
                       12/19       190    Athol Area             Winter Count
                       11/26      1000    Sheffield              J. Drucker
                       12/19        28    Central Berkshire      Winter Count
                       12/19        22    North Berkshire        Winter Count
                       12/19      1054    Springfield Area       Winter Count
                       12/20      5432    Northampton Area       Winter Count
                       12/26      1878    Quabbin Area           Winter Count
                       12/27       758    Cobble Mt              Winter Count
                       12/27       656    Greenfield Area        Winter Count
                       1/1         471    South Berkshire        Winter Count
                       12/19-1/1 10489    Western Mass           Winter Counts
                       Average number on WM winter counts is 3261, peak 10651 in 2006, few before 1991.
Gray Catbird           Common resident, rare in winter – late dates
                       12/19         1      West Springfield        M. & K. Conway (Winter Count)
                       12/20         1      Easthampton             L. Sanders (Winter Count)
                       12/27         1      Westfield               M. & K. Conway (Winter Count)
                       Average 2.6 December records per year since 1982, peaks 12 in 1994.
                       Average number on WM winter counts is 3, peak 7 in 2005.

Northern Mockingbird   Common year round resident, rare in highlands
                       12/19         3    Athol Area               Winter Count
                       12/19         1    North Berkshire          Winter Count
                       12/19        28    Springfield Area         Winter Count
                       12/20        83    Northampton Area         Winter Count
                       12/26         7    Quabbin Area             Winter Count
                       12/27        35    Cobble Mt                Winter Count
                       12/27        10    Greenfield Area          Winter Count
                       1/1           3    South Berkshire          Winter Count
                       12/19-1/1 170      Western Mass             Winter Counts
                       12/19-1/1 23601    Western Mass             Winter Counts
                       Average number on WM winter counts is 328, peak 503 in 1992, low 170 in 2009.

Brown Thrasher         Common resident – late date
                       12/7         1      Easthampton             D. McLain
                       Now 13 December records since 1982.
                       On WM winter counts on 4 of 20 years, latest 2005.

European Starling      Common year round resident
                       12/14-1/1 17296    Western Mass           Winter Counts
                       Average number on WM winter counts is 24,114, peak 70,704 in 1990.

American Pipit         Common migrant
                       11/1         14       Hadley                 S. Surner
                       11/1           1      South Quabbin          S. Surner
                       11/7           8      South Quabbin          M. Lynch
                       11/8         60       Sheffield              M. Lynch
                       11/8           1      South Quabbin          L. Therrien
                       11/15          1      Ludlow                 S. Surner
                       11/26        63       Hadley                 S. Surner
                       11/26       100       Sheffield              J. Drucker
                       11/29        20       Sheffield              J. Drucker
                       12/6         26       Hadley                 S. Surner
                       12/6           2      Northampton            S. Surner
                       12/7         10       Easthampton            D. McLain
                       12/18          6      New Braintree          C. Ellison
                       12/20          1      Hadley                 S. Surner, J. P. Smith
                       Average 7.0 period records per year since 1981, most 14 in 2009.
                       On WM winter counts 6 of 20 years, average 8, peak 103 in 2006.

Cedar Waxwing          Common year round resident – peak and count numbers
                       12/19     800      Athol Area             Winter Count
                       12/19     255      Central Berkshire      Winter Count
                       12/19      48      North Berkshire        Winter Count
                         12/19      100     Springfield Area      Winter Count
                         12/20     1771     Northampton Area      Winter Count
                         12/26       76     Quabbin Area          Winter Count
                         12/27      422     Cobble Mt             Winter Count
                         12/27      554     Greenfield Area       Winter Count
                         1/1        205     South Berkshire       Winter Count
                         12/19-1/1 4231     Western Mass          Winter Counts
                         Average number on WM winter counts is 3180, peak 5279 in 1997, low 1695 in 1990.

Yellow-rumped Warbler    Common migrant and resident, rare in winter - late dates
                         11/12        1     North Quabbin            C. Ellison
                         11/26        1     South Quabbin            M. Lynch
                         12/20        1     Amherst                  H. Allen (Winter Count)
                         Now 38 December records since 1983.
                         On WM winter counts 15 of 20 years, average 2, peak 9 in 1982.

Common Yellowthroat      Common resident and migrant, rare in winter – late date
                         12/19         1      North Berkshire        Winter Count
                         Now 24 period records since 1983.
                         On WM winter counts 9 of 20 years, peak 3 in 1992.

Eastern Towhee           Common resident, rare in winter – late date
                         12/26        2       Hardwick               H. Allen (Winter Count)
                         12/26        1       Quabbin Area           Winter Count
                         12/26-12/31 1        Southwick              S. Kellogg
                         Now 30 December records since 1981.
                         On WM winter counts 16 of 20 years, average 2, peak 5 in 2000.

Tree Sparrow             Common migrant and winter visitor – early dates, counts
                         11/3         1     Belchertown              L. Therrien
                         11/5         2     Granville                J. Weeks
                         12/19-1/1 1825     Western Mass             Winter Counts
                         Average number on WM winter counts is 2900, peak 4815 in 1998, low 1318 in 2008.

Chipping Sparrow         Common resident and migrant, casual in winter – late dates
                         12/19        1      Athol Area              Winter Count
                         Now 25 December records since 1981.
                         On WM winter counts 9 of 20 years, peak 6 in 2008.

CLAY-COLORED SPARROW Casual vagrant
                     12/20          1     Hadley                     S. Surner, J. P. Smith
                     Now 6 period records since 1988.
                     On WM winter counts 3 of 20 years.

Field Sparrow            Common resident, rare in winter – late dates
                         12/20        1       Shutesbury              K. Weir
                         12/27        1       Westfield               A. & L. Richardson
                         Average number on WM winter counts is 16, peak 30 in 2006, low 2 in 2009.

Savannah Sparrow         Common resident and migrant, rare in winter – late dates
                         12/20       14      Northampton Area        Winter Count
                         12/27        2      Cobble Mt               Winter Count
                         Average number on WM winter counts is 23, peak 53 in 2000, low 1 in 1984.

Fox Sparrow              Common migrant, rare in winter, late dates
                         12/7         1      Easthampton            D. McLain
                         12/19        2      Springfield            A. & L. Richardson (Winter Count)
                         12/26        1      Quabbin Area           Winter Count
                         On WM winter counts 17 of 20 years, average 4, peak 34 in 2000.

Song Sparrow             Common year round resident – count numbers
                         12/19       17     Athol Area            Winter Count
                         12/19       13     North Berkshire       Winter Count
                         12/19      137     Springfield Area      Winter Count
                         12/20      215     Northampton Area      Winter Count
                         12/26       27     Quabbin Area          Winter Count
                         12/27       30     Cobble Mt             Winter Count
                         12/27       51     Greenfield Area       Winter Count
                         1/1         17     South Berkshire       Winter Count
                         12/19-1/1 507      Western Mass          Winter Counts
                         Average number on WM winter counts is 678, peak 1107 in 1992.

Lincoln’s Sparrow        Common migrant, uncommon in spring, casual in winter – late dates
                         12/18         1      New Braintree       C. Ellison
                         12/20         1      S Hadley            N. Baker, C. Lentz (Winter Count)
                         Now 15 period records since 1984,

Swamp Sparrow            Common summer resident and migrant, rare in winter
                         12/19              Athol Area             Winter Count
                         12/12        1     Deerfield              S. Surner
                         12/18        2     New Braintree          C. Ellison
                         12/19        2     Springfield Area       Winter Count
                         12/20        3     Northampton Area       Winter Count
                         12/26        2     Quabbin Area           Winter Count
                         12/27        1     Greenfield Area        Winter Count
                         1/1          1     South Berkshire        Winter Count
                         Average number on WM winter counts is 19, peak 51 in 1992.

White-throated Sparrow   Common migrant and winter visitor, common resident in highlands
                         12/19-1/1 3230     Western Mass          Winter Counts
                         Average number on WM winter counts is 935, peak 3230 in 2009, low 148 in 1995.

White-crowned Sparrow    Common migrant, rare in winter – late dates
                         11/1         2      Hadley                  S. Surner
                         11/12        1      North Quabbin           C. Ellison
                         11/22        2      Southwick               S. Kellogg
                         12/12        1      Deerfield               S. Surner
                         12/25        1      Northampton             F. Bowrys
                         Now 55 December records since 1982.
                         On WM winter counts 16 of 20 years, average 3, peak 11 in 2000.
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Dark-eyed Junco          Common resident and migrant, resident in highlands
                         12/19-1/1 13,002    Western Mass            Winter Counts
                         Average number on WM winter counts is 6293, peak 15,335 in 2000.
Lapland Longspur       Rare migrant and winter visitor
                       11/1           2      Hadley                 S. Surner
                       11/16          1      Northampton            M. Iliff
                       12/11          2      Northampton            H. Allen
                       12/20          1      Hadley                 S. Surner, J. P. Smith (Winter Count)
                       12/19          4      Athol Area             Winter Count
                       Average 3.4 period records per year since 1979, peak 10 in 1989.
                       On WM winter counts 12 of 20 years, average 4, peak 33 in 1989.

Snow Bunting           Common migrant and uncommon winter visitor – peak counts at all locations
                       11/4           3      Granville              J. Weeks
                       11/7           4      South Quabbin          M. Lynch
                       11/12          1      Cheshire               M. & K. Conway
                       11/12        11       North Quabbin          C. Ellison
                       12/11        40       Northampton            H. Allen
                       12/18          6      New Braintree          C. Ellison
                       12/19          4      Athol Area             Winter Count
                       12/19       371       North Berkshire        Winter Count
                       12/20          2      Northampton Area       Winter Count
                       12/20          2      Sunderland             A. Richards
                       12/26          5      Quabbin Area           Winter Count
                       12/27        71       Greenfield Area        Winter Count
                       12/30          1      Sheffield              J. Drucker
                       12/31          1      Hadley                 J. P. Smith
                       1/1         115       South Berkshire        Winter Count
                       12/19-1/1 568         Western Mass           Winter Counts
                       Average 9.2 period records per year since 1996, most 43 in 2008.
                       On WM winter counts 19 of 20 years, average 165, peak 1134 in 1989.

Northern Cardinal      Common year-round resident
                       12/19-1/1 1265     Western Mass          Winter Counts
                       Average number on WM winter counts is 1115, peak 1354 in 2004, low 790 in 2000.

Red-winged Blackbird   Common resident and migrant, rare in winter – late dates, counts
                       12/7         5      Granby                  L. Rogers
                       12/8         3      Granby                  L. Rogers
                       12/15        1      Amherst                 H. Allen
                       12/18        4      New Braintree           C. Ellison
                       12/19        2      Athol Area              Winter Count
                       12/19        6      Central Berkshire       Winter Count
                       12/19        5      North Berkshire         Winter Count
                       12/19     222       Springfield Area        Winter Count
                       12/20       13      Northampton Area        Winter Count
                       12/20       13      Northampton Area        Winter Count
                       12/20       13      Northampton Area        Winter Count
                       12/24        1      West Quabbin            L. Therrien
                       12/26     140       Quabbin Area            Winter Count
                       12/26     140       Quabbin Area            Winter Count
                       12/27       10      Cobble Mt               Winter Count
                       12/27        1      Greenfield Area         Winter Count
                       1/1       420       South Berkshire         Winter Count
                         12/19-1/1 819      Western Mass          Winter Counts
                         Average number on WM winter counts is 278, peak 820 in 1998, low 1 in 1986.

Rusty Blackbird          Uncommon migrant, rare in winter
                         11/3         2     Belchertown             L. Therrien
                         11/26      12      Southwick               S. Kellogg
                         12/19        2     Athol Area              Winter Count
                         On WM winter counts 18 of 20 years, average 22, peak 101 in 2008.

Common Grackle           Common resident and migrant, rare in winter
                         11/6      1500      Southwick               S. Kellogg
                         11/15     1600      South Quabbin           L. Therrien
                         1/1        150      South Berkshire         Winter Count
                         Average number on WM winter counts is 561, peak 8399 in 1998, low 1 in 2001.

Brown-headed Cowbird     Common resident and migrant, rare in winter
                         12/19        1      Springfield Area        Winter Count
                         12/27       11      Cobble Mt               Winter Count
                         1/1         27      South Berkshire         Winter Count
                         12/19-1/1   38      Western Mass            Winter Counts
                         Average number on WM winter counts is 336, peak 2029 in 1998, low 10 in 1995.

Baltimore Oriole         Common resident – late dates
                         12/5          1      Westfield             D. James
                         12/14         1      Amherst               H. Allen
                         Now 16 period records since 1981, 9 in December, 3 on WM winter counts.

Purple Finch             Common migrant and resident, uncommon in winter – late dates
                         12/14        1     Southwick              S. Kellogg
                         12/19       16     Athol Area             Winter Count
                         12/19        1     North Berkshire        Winter Count
                         12/20        1     Northampton Area       Winter Count
                         12/23        1     Agawam                 S. Kellogg
                         12/25        1     Sheffield              J. Drucker
                         12/26        2     Quabbin Area           Winter Count
                         12/30        5     Sheffield              J. Drucker
                         1/1         22     South Berkshire        Winter Count
                         12/19-1/1   41     Western Mass           Winter Counts
                         Average number on WM winter counts is 60, peak 282 in 1992.

House Finch              Common year round resident
                         12/19-1/1 1224     Western Mass          Winter Counts
                         Average number on WM winter counts is 2608, peak 6357 in 1992.

Red Crossbill            Rare to uncommon migrant and winter visitor, casual resident
                         12/26        14       Central Quabbin        L. Therrien, T. Gagnon
                         12/27          1      Granville              J. Weeks
                         Average 2.8 period records per year since 1981, most 11 in 1993.
                         On WM winter counts 12 of 20 years, average 20, peak 267 in 1993.

White-winged crossbill   Rare to uncommon migrant and winter visitor – all records
                         11/3         13    Sheffield               S. Macdonald
                     Average 2.8 period records per year since 1981, most 16 in 1989.
                     On WM winter counts 8 of 20 years, average 7, peak 136 in 1982.

Common Redpoll       Common to rare migrant and winter visitor – all records
                     12/25        6      Clarksburg              R. Therrien
                     On WM winter counts 17 of 20 years, average 560, peak 2671 in 1997.

Pine Siskin          Common to rare migrant and winter visitor – peak numbers
                     11/26        1      Sheffield               J. Drucker
                     12/6         1      Athol Area              D. Small
                     12/20        2      Hadley                  C. Page (Winter Count)
                     12/20        2      S Hadley                L. Rogers (Winter Count)
                     12/25       30      Clarksburg              R. Therrien
                     On WM winter counts 15 of 200 years, average 315, peak 2140 in 2008.

American Goldfinch   Common year round resident
                     12/19-1/1 1812     Western Mass          Winter Counts
                     Average number on WM winter counts is 3172, peak 5015 in 2003.

Evening Grosbeak     Uncommon resident, migrant and winter visitor
                     11/7         2     Athol Area              D. Small
                     12/5         1     Adams                   J. Jones
                     12/18        5     New Braintree           C. Ellison
                     12/20        1     Amherst                 H. Allen
                     12/20      10      Amherst                 J. Marcum
                     12/20        1     Amherst                 M. Halbeissen
                     On WM winter counts 18 of 20 years, average 390, peak 4139 in 1980.

House Sparrow        Common year round resident
                     12/19-1/1 3841     Western Mass          Winter Counts
                     Average number on WM winter counts is 4673, peak 6462 in 2004.

				
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