Confirmed bird sightings on the Outer Cape in the week preceding the Independent’s deadline on Tuesday, Oct. 31 included the following, based on a report prepared by Mass Audubon’s Wellfleet Bay Wildlife Sanctuary.
Birds noted at Race Point in Provincetown included 16 Green-Winged Teal, a Red-Necked Grebe, 11 Parasitic Jaegers, 14 Razorbills, 4 Dovekies, a Common Murre, 35 Bonaparte’s Gulls, 20 Red-Throated Loons, 18 Common Loons, 2 Cory’s Shearwaters, 3 Great Shearwaters, a Sooty Shearwater, 19 Manx Shearwaters, and 1,100 Northern Gannets.
An Ash-Throated Flycatcher was seen at High Head in North Truro this weekend, and a Yellow-Headed Blackbird and a Lark Sparrow were seen nearby at the Old North Cemetery in Truro.
A survey of the Herring River marshes in Wellfleet this week included 6 Clapper Rails, 4 Virginia Rails, 2 Sora, a late Green Heron, 3 Great Horned Owls, and 9 Marsh Wrens. 2 Whimbrels were seen elsewhere in Wellfleet.
2 Snowy Egrets were at Fort Hill in Eastham.
Because it relates to an article about growing herbs for tisanes on Page B1 of this issue of the Independent: in Orleans, the Rufous Hummingbird found Oct. 17 at a community garden was seen as recently as Monday on pineapple sage flowers at a nearby house.
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].