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Konkapot and Agawam Marshes

Birding in Massachusetts

Konkapot and Agawam Marshes
Important Bird Area
Stockbridge, Massachusetts 01262
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Konkapot and Agawam Marshes
Coordinates: 42.2597787, -73.3179045
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Birds of Interest
Breeding American Bitterns (1 to 3 pairs), Virginia and Sora rails (many), and Common Snipe occur. The IBA is a consistent spot in Massachusetts to find breeding-period Common Moorhens; immature birds are seen at Fountain Pond regularly. Wood Ducks are common breeders throughout, and Hooded Mergansers regularly breed in small numbers. Other common breeders in the marsh are Willow and Alder flycatchers; Swamp Sparrows, Common Yellowthroats; Veery, Wood, and Hermit thrushes; and Red-winged Blackbirds. Species that may breed and have been found during the breeding season at times include the Pied-billed Grebe, Great Blue Heron, and Green Heron. Recently, a King Rail has been found, but it has yet to be proven to breed here. The surrounding forest has decent breeding populations of many wood-warbler species (Canada, Northern and Louisiana waterthrushes, Black-throated Blue and Green, Blackburnian, Yellow-rumped, Chestnut-sided, Yellow, and Ovenbird; vireos (Warbling, Red-eyed, Blue-headed, Yellow-throated); thrushes (Wood, Hermit, Veery); and the Scarlet Tanager, Yellow-bellied Sapsucker, and Pileated Woodpecker. Monument Mountain has had many records of raptors including in recent years regular reports of Black Vultures from spring through fall. A Black Tern, Black-crowned Night-Heron, and Great Egret, very uncommon to rare in the Berkshires, were all found here recently.

About Konkapot and Agawam Marshes Important Bird Area
The Konkapot and Agawam Marshes IBA is a series of broad cattail and sedge marshes and ponds near the convergence of the Agawam and Konkapot brooks. There are also large areas of Common Reed and many other kinds of emergent vegetation, including Buttonbush and horsetails. The southern end of the area is mostly wooded marshes and small Beaver ponds. The entire area is surrounded by high steep hills. Parts of the marshes contain many dead trees. There is extensive Beaver activity. The land area surrounding the marshes is a combination of mixed forests on steep hills, farms, and private land. Some of the marshes, especially at the southern end, are not even accessible by canoe because of the dense surrounding woody growth. Monument Mountain owned by The Trustees of Reservations is on the western upper edge of the proposed IBA, while Beartown Mountain on state forest land is at the upper eastern edge. The site also includes a section of the Appalachian Trail. A portion of Great Barrington State Forest and Agawam Lake Wildlife Management Area are found around Fountain Pond and areas north of the pond. Fountain Pond next to the marsh system also has been the site of breeding Common Moorhens in recent years, as well as breeding Wood Ducks and sometimes breeding Hooded Mergansers. This pond consists of shallow water and large stands of cattails.
From Konkapot and Agawam Marshes IBA webpage