Confirmed bird sightings on the Outer Cape in the week preceding the Independent’s deadline on Tuesday, Aug. 18, included the following, based on a report prepared by Mass Audubon’s Wellfleet Bay Wildlife Sanctuary.
The folks at the Audubon were excited about the fact that two different Brown Boobies were reported on Aug. 17, an immature one at First Encounter Beach in Eastham and an adult at Race Point in Provincetown.
Other First Encounter sightings included 92 Whimbrels, 3 Pomarine Jaegers, 6 Parasitic Jaegers, 18 Black Terns, 60 Forster’s Terns, 60 Cory’s Shearwaters, 150 Great Shearwaters, 20 Sooty Shearwaters, and 15 Manx Shearwaters.
Other sightings at Race Point in Provincetown this week included a Sabine’s Gull, an Arctic Tern, 6 Black Terns, 50 Roseate Terns, 400 Common Terns, a Northern Pintail, and many hundreds of Cory’s, Great, Sooty, and Manx Shearwaters.
A kayak trip in Nauset Marsh turned up 6 American Oystercatchers, 2,400 Semipalmated Plovers, a Whimbrel, 4 Red Knots, 18 White-rumped Sandpipers, 2,000 Semipalmated Sandpipers, 290 Short-billed Dowitchers, 7 Great Egrets, 35 Snowy Egrets, and 12 Black-crowned and 9 Yellow-crowned Night Herons.
A Black-headed Gull appeared in Truro.
Wellfleet wasn’t watching birds this week, apparently.
If you have questions about these sightings, or want to report a sighting, call the Wellfleet Bay Wildlife Sanctuary at 508-349-2615 or send e-mail to [email protected].