Confirmed bird sightings on the Outer Cape in the week preceding the Independent’s deadline on Tuesday, Dec. 28 included the following, based on a report prepared by Mass Audubon’s Wellfleet Bay Wildlife Sanctuary.
Highlights from the Stellwagen Bank Christmas Bird Count on Dec. 27 included a Pomarine Jaeger, 4 Atlantic Puffins, 17 Dovekies, 104 Common Murres, and 31 Black-Legged Kittiwakes.
On land at Race Point in Provincetown, sightings this week included a Pacific Loon, an Atlantic Puffin, a Western Sandpiper, 93 Dovekies, a Thick-Billed Murre, 217 Common Murres, a Black Guillemot, 315 Razorbills, 42 Black-Legged Kittiwakes, 2 Lesser Black-Backed Gulls, 13 Iceland Gulls, and 40 Snow Buntings.
There was an American Woodcock in South Truro, and a Blue-Winged Teal in North Truro.
That same Bell’s Vireo was at Fort Hill in Eastham again this week.
Let’s give Eastham credit for some of the highlights from the Cape Cod Christmas Bird Count, which spanned Harwich to Eastham on Dec. 19. Sightings included a Yellow Rail, 2 Soras, 2 Marbled Godwits, a Great Egret, 3 Snowy Owls, a Northern Shrike, a Blue-Gray Gnatcatcher, a Prairie Warbler, and at least 10 Yellow-Breasted Chats.
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].