Confirmed bird sightings on the Outer Cape in the week preceding the Independent’s deadline on Tuesday, July 27 included the following, based on a report prepared by Mass Audubon’s Wellfleet Bay Wildlife Sanctuary.
Sightings from a quieter Race Point in Provincetown this week included a Royal Tern, a Sabine’s Gull, 160 Least Terns, 1,700 Common Terns, 120 Roseate Terns, 6 Wilson’s Storm-Petrels, 20 Cory’s Shearwaters, 215 Great Shearwaters, 32 Sooty Shearwaters, and 5 Manx Shearwaters.
Meanwhile, there were lots of sightings from in and around Nauset Marsh in Eastham, including 2 American Oystercatchers, 245 Semipalmated Plovers, 16 Red Knots, 1,050 Semipalmated Sandpipers, 475 Short-Billed Dowitchers, 6 Bonaparte’s Gulls, 3 Lesser Black-Backed Gulls, 35 Roseate Terns, 3,250 Common Terns, 10 Great Egrets, 6 Snowy Egrets, a Yellow-Crowned Night-Heron, a Northern Harrier, a Seaside Sparrow, and 21 Saltmarsh Sparrows.
In Wellfleet and Truro, the birdwatchers aren’t talking.
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].