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    Bird sightings

    John Tlumacki/Globe Staff
    A lazuli bunting was seen at Wellfleet Bay Wildlife Sanctuary.

    Recent bird sightings as reported to the Massachusetts Audubon Society:

    ►The mild weather early last week ushered in small numbers of newly arrived killdeer and American woodcocks, along with small flocks of red-winged blackbirds and common grackles from a number of localities. Killdeer reports came from Andover, Concord, Lexington, and Duxbury, and displaying American woodcocks were heard in Sudbury, Medfield, Hingham, Falmouth, and South Dartmouth.

    ►Rockport: A spotted towhee spotted on Eden Road.

    ►Ipswich: A Townsend’s warbler continued to visit 142 County Road.


    ►Newburyport: At the Parker River Refuge on Plum Island, there were 60 northern pintails, five green-winged teal, four redheads, 12 lesser scaup, 50 hooded mergansers, two ruddy ducks, a merlin, a peregrine falcon, a killdeer, three snowy owls, and a hermit thrush.

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    ►The lazuli bunting that has visited feeders at the Wellfleet Bay Wildlife Sanctuary on Cape Cod was reported as recently as midweek, as was the painted bunting on Shore Road in Eastham.

    ►Miscellaneous reports last week included two snow geese in Nahant; the continued presence of a tufted duck at the Manchester Reservoir in North Attleborough; a bald eagle in Waltham; a merlin and an orange-crowned warbler at the Boston Nature Center in Mattapan; two snowy owls at Duxbury Beach; 14 fish crows in Scituate; a yellow-breasted chat at Ferry Hill Thicket in Marshfield; and a vesper sparrow in Northborough.

    For more information about bird sightings or to report sightings, call the Massachusetts Audubon Society at 781-259-8805 or go to