Confirmed bird sightings on the Outer Cape in the week preceding the Independent’s deadline on Tuesday, Jan. 23 included the following, based on a report prepared by Mass Audubon’s Wellfleet Bay Wildlife Sanctuary.
The Western Kingbird and Lark Sparrow continued at the Salt Pond Visitor Center in Eastham this week. Also, a Western Tanager was seen near Coast Guard Beach.
A Dickcissel was seen in a private yard in Wellfleet, and single American Woodcocks were seen in both Wellfleet and Truro.
There was a Western Tanager near Highland Light, and there were 25 Tree Swallows in North Truro.
Sightings at Race Point in Provincetown included a Pacific Loon, a Thick-Billed Murre, a Common Murre, and a Glaucous Gull. There was also a Bohemian Waxwing in Provincetown.
Some thrills from not too far away in this week’s report from the sanctuary: A Golden-Crowned Sparrow was discovered in a private yard in Chatham, representing just the second Cape record of this West Coast species. The first was in 1980. And despite the freezing weather, two Rufous Hummingbirds were seen at Town Cove in Orleans as well as at a nearby house with a heated feeder.
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].