Confirmed bird sightings on the Outer Cape in the week preceding the Independent’s deadline on Tuesday, May 23 included the following, based on a report prepared by Mass Audubon’s Wellfleet Bay Wildlife Sanctuary.
Birds seen this week at Race Point in Provincetown included a Pacific Loon, a Parasitic Jaeger, a Thick-Billed Murre, 155 Bonaparte’s Gulls, 2 Iceland Gulls, a Lesser Black-Backed Gull, 1,100 Common Terns, 5 Manx Shearwaters, 50 Northern Gannets, and 70 migrating Blue Jays. Elsewhere in town, someone saw a Pine Siskin.
A Swallow-Tailed Kite was photographed at Bearberry Hill in Truro, where other sightings included a Bald Eagle, 8 Broad-Winged Hawks, 2 American Kestrels, and a Merlin. A Little Blue Heron was sighted in North Truro.
There were some — we don’t know how many — late Dark-Eyed Juncos in Wellfleet.
A Little Gull was in Nauset Marsh in Eastham, along with 40 Black-Bellied Plovers, 48 Semipalmated Plovers, 250 Dunlins, 2 White-Rumped Sandpipers, 10 Semipalmated Sandpipers, 9 Short-Billed Dowitchers, and 200 Bonaparte’s Gulls.
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].