Confirmed bird sightings on the Outer Cape in the week preceding the Independent’s deadline on Tuesday, Oct. 10 included the following, based on a report prepared by Mass Audubon’s Wellfleet Bay Wildlife Sanctuary.
It happened in Orleans. That’s close enough to the Outer Cape when it’s the state’s first record of a Virginia’s Warbler, a scarce species of the Southwest. It was found at Putnam Farm Conservation Area on Oct. 6 and seen there through Oct. 8.
Birds at First Encounter Beach in Eastham included a Black-Headed Gull, an American Golden-Plover, 4 Whimbrels, a Red Knot, and a Pectoral Sandpiper.
Single Common Murres continued in Wellfleet Harbor this week, and there was a single Yellow-Crowned Night-Heron at the Wellfleet Bay Sanctuary.
A Hudsonian Godwit was seen in North Truro.
From Race Point to Herring Cove in Provincetown, birds reported this week included 3 Red-Necked Grebes, 5 Blue-Winged Teals, a Marbled Godwit, 2 Parasitic Jaegers, a Razorbill, 11 Black-Legged Kittiwakes, 600 Common Terns, a Roseate Tern, 8 Cory’s Shearwaters, 24 Great Shearwaters, a Sooty Shearwater, 8 Manx Shearwaters, 3,500 Tree Swallows, and 2 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].