Confirmed bird sightings on the Outer Cape in the week preceding the Independent’s deadline on Tuesday, May 4 included the following, based on a report prepared by Mass Audubon’s Wellfleet Bay Wildlife Sanctuary.
Cattle Egrets were seen at Fort Hill in Eastham this week. Also in Eastham: that Black Vulture.
A Common Merganser was seen at the Wellfleet Bay sanctuary.
Birds at High Head/Pilgrim Heights in North Truro included 3 American Wigeon, a Blue-Winged Teal, a Caspian Tern, a Little Blue Heron, 68 Sharp-Shinned Hawks, and 3 Evening Grosbeaks; 2 Evening Grosbeaks were also seen elsewhere in North Truro.
Sightings at Race Point in Provincetown included a Pacific Loon, a Black Guillemot, a Glaucous Gull, and a Caspian Tern.
A migration watch at the Provincetown Airport on Sunday tallied 45 Sharp-Shinned Hawks, 3 Cooper’s Hawks, a Broad-Winged Hawk, 14 American Kestrels, 7 Merlins, a Cliff Swallow, 72 American Pipits, 82 Purple Finches, 22 Pine Siskins, 618 American Goldfinches, 3 Rusty Blackbirds, 524 Yellow-Rumped Warblers, and a Cape May Warbler.
Widespread new spring arrivals in the last few days include Least Terns, Baltimore and Orchard Orioles, Gray Catbirds, Great-Crested Flycatchers, House Wrens, and Yellow Warblers.
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].