Confirmed bird sightings on the Outer Cape in the week preceding the Independent’s deadline on Tuesday, Nov. 30 included the following, based on a report prepared by Mass Audubon’s Wellfleet Bay Wildlife Sanctuary.
The Bell’s Vireo continued at Fort Hill in Eastham this week. Other birds at Fort Hill included an American Bittern, an Eastern Phoebe, a Yellow-Breasted Chat, a Fox Sparrow, an Eastern Meadowlark, a Baltimore Oriole, and an Orange-Crowned Warbler.
There was a Semipalmated Plover at First Encounter Beach in Eastham.
An Atlantic Puffin was reported from Head of the Meadow in Truro.
At Race Point in Provincetown, a late Arctic Tern has been around, and other sightings have included a Western Sandpiper, 2,000 Red-Breasted Mergansers, 5 Common Murres, 900 Razorbills, 4 Iceland Gulls, a Bald Eagle, a Merlin, and 2 Peregrine Falcons.
Snowy Owls have been reported at several barrier beaches. Please stay on trails and out of the dunes to avoid disturbing them. If you do come upon one, keep a respectful distance.
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].