Confirmed bird sightings on the Outer Cape in the week preceding the Independent’s deadline on Tuesday, Nov. 16 included the following, based on a report prepared by Mass Audubon’s Wellfleet Bay Wildlife Sanctuary.
A Tropical Kingbird, just the third recorded for Cape Cod and sixth for Massachusetts, was discovered at Wellfleet Bay sanctuary Saturday. Other birds at Wellfleet Bay included a Bald Eagle, 2 Common Ravens, a White-Eyed Vireo, a Blue-Headed Vireo, 2 Yellow-Bellied Sapsuckers, and a mystery bird with a pigment abnormality that may be a “partial albino” Painted Bunting.
The Bell’s Vireo continued at Fort Hill in Eastham this week. Also in town, a Black Guillemot at First Encounter Beach and a Blue-Gray Gnatcatcher at Coast Guard Beach.
At Race Point in Provincetown, a Franklin’s Gull was photographed on Oct. 28. Other sightings there included 2 Harlequin Ducks, 350 Bonaparte’s Gulls, 220 Black-Legged Kittiwakes, a Black Tern, 4 Parasitic Jaegers, 3 Pomarine Jaegers, 24 Dovekies, 2 Common Murres, a Thick-Billed Murre, 240 Razorbills, 55 Great Shearwaters, 3 Manx Shearwaters, and 60 Snow Buntings.
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].