Confirmed bird sightings on the Outer Cape in the week preceding the Independent’s deadline on Tuesday, May 16 included the following, based on a report prepared by Mass Audubon’s Wellfleet Bay Wildlife Sanctuary.
Mass Audubon’s Bird-a-thon fundraiser was held Friday and Saturday and produced many good sightings across the Cape:
Highlights from the Beech Forest in Provincetown included a Sandhill Crane, a Yellow-Throated Warbler, and 3 Black Vultures.
Birds at Race Point in Provincetown included 2 Thick-Billed Murres, 2 Common Murres, a Razorbill, a Northern Fulmar, a Caspian Tern, a Little Gull, 7 Iceland Gulls, 800 Bonaparte’s Gulls, 7 Manx Shearwaters, a Wilson’s Storm-Petrel, and 5 American Pipits.
There was a single Summer Tanager elsewhere in Provincetown.
An Evening Grosbeak was seen in North Truro.
There was a single Prothonotary Warbler at Wellfleet Bay sanctuary.
A Tricolored Heron, a Little Blue Heron, and Cattle Egret were reported at Fort Hill in Eastham; and a single Summer Tanager seen elsewhere in town.
After the bird-a-thon, some people did not put down their binoculars: On May 12, a Swainson’s Warbler was banded at Wellfleet Bay sanctuary. Then, a Curlew Sandpiper was found in Nauset Marsh in Eastham on May 16.
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].