Confirmed bird sightings on the Outer Cape in the week preceding the Independent’s deadline on Tuesday, Oct. 25 included the following, based on a report prepared by Mass Audubon’s Wellfleet Bay Wildlife Sanctuary.
Though it was seen beyond the rotary, this one just has to be included: a Vermillion Flycatcher, the first for the Cape and Islands and just the fourth for Massachusetts, was seen at Paine’s Creek Beach in Brewster this week. The closest source populations are in Texas and Central America.
In Eastham there was a late Green Heron — perhaps the same one seen last week.
A Grasshopper Sparrow was seen at Wellfleet Bay Sanctuary.
There was a single Scarlet Tanager in Truro.
At Race Point in Provincetown, sightings this week included a Red-Necked Grebe, 5 White-Rumped Sandpipers, 10 Razorbills, 5 Lesser Black-Backed Gulls, 170 Cory’s Shearwaters, 4 Great Shearwaters, 5 Manx Shearwaters, 550 Northern Gannets, a Peregrine Falcon, a Common Raven, 100 Tree Swallows, and 3 American Pipits.
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].