Confirmed bird sightings on the Outer Cape in the week preceding the Independent’s deadline on Tuesday, Sept. 8, included the following, based on a report prepared by Mass Audubon’s Wellfleet Bay Wildlife Sanctuary.
News flash from beyond the Outer Cape, because, for bird people, this is big: first recorded sighting in the lower 48 states of a Grey Heron, native to Europe, was made on Tuckernuck Island on Sept. 5, last seen on neighboring Muskeget Island the following day.
Another rare and out-of-season Pacific Loon was photographed at Race Point in Provincetown this week, where other sightings included a Yellow-headed Blackbird, 2 Buff-breasted Sandpipers, 3 Baird’s Sandpipers, 6 Red-necked Phalaropes, a Sabine’s Gull, a Caspian Tern, a Pomarine Jaeger, a Cliff Swallow, and 6 Purple Finches.
Lark Sparrows were noted in other parts of Provincetown this week.
Philadelphia Vireos were reported in North Truro.
Birdwatchers in Eastham and Wellfleet didn’t drop any dimes this week.
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 an e-mail to [email protected]