Recent bird sightings as reported to the Massachusetts Audubon Society:
►The continuing story for this week is the “Winter of the Snowy Owls,” with the owls being reported from Gloucester, Rockport, Salisbury Beach, Newburyport, Plum Island, Somerville, Fairhaven, Mashpee, and Lakeville. Bald eagles were seen in Falmouth, Duxbury, Quincy, and the lower Merrimack River, where there were at least 11 birds.
►Cape Cod: Reports included a merlin in West Dennis, a bald eagle and a possible Thayer’s gull in Falmouth, and a greater white-fronted goose in Chatham.
►Cape Ann: Birds reported included two Barrow’s goldeneyes in Plum Cove of Lanesville, four ring-necked ducks, two American wigeon, a rough-legged hawk, a red-shouldered hawk, four glaucous and 11 Iceland gulls, a dovekie, a razorbill, a black guillemot, a Lapland longspur, 11 snow buntings, and more than 50 horned larks.
►Lakeville: A survey of the Cumberland Farm fields included a Cooper’s hawk, a rough-legged hawk, two snowy owls, and about five each of red-tailed hawk, northern harriers, and short-eared owls. There were at least three great horned owls and one eastern screech owl calling along the roads bordering the fields.For more information or to report sightings, call 781-259-8805 or go to www.massaudubon.org.