Wednesday sightings: Songbirds, raptors and geese in Holyoke

I started this blog in October, when the days were getting shorter and colder.

Now that I have more daylight to shoot photos, I’m especially curious to see what new birds pass through Holyoke during the spring migrations, and which species set up shop downtown in the summer.

A walk behind the paper mills near the river today brought sightings of several familiar friends — lots of robins and starlings, and a few mockingbirds. A cameo by a turkey vulture. Even a few Canada Geese hanging out on the dike, where I’ve never seen them before.

Driving home on Race Street around sundown I spotted a hawk chasing a smaller bird, so I stopped to snap a few frames after it gave up and took a position on top of the old factory building near the corner of Dwight Street.

All of the above in the slideshow below.

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