Confirmed bird sightings on the Outer Cape in the week preceding the Independent’s deadline on Tuesday, March 16 included the following, based on a report prepared by Mass Audubon’s Wellfleet Bay Wildlife Sanctuary.
A Tufted Duck continued in Great Pond in Eastham this week.
37 Common Redpolls were seen at Lieutenant Island in Wellfleet, and 24 Evening Grosbeaks continued at a feeder elsewhere in Wellfleet.
Sightings at Race Point in Provincetown this week included 2 Pacific Loons, 14 Red-Necked Grebes, 19 Common Murres, 2 Thick-Billed Murres, 240 Razorbills, 2 Black Guillemots, 26 Iceland Gulls, a Lesser Black-Backed Gull, a Short-Eared Owl, a Snowy Owl, 2 Common Ravens, and a Northern Shrike.
“Amazingly,” the Audubon’s report says, there is a Rufous Hummingbird that “continues to successfully overwinter at a private feeder in an Outer Cape town.” Mark Faherty, the Audubon sanctuary’s science coordinator, did not respond to inquiries about just which Outer Cape town should win the “most globally warmed” designation before press time.
No birds were reported in Truro, unless the hummingbird mentioned above is hiding out there.
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 email to [email protected].