Confirmed bird sightings on the Outer Cape in the week preceding the Independent’s deadline on Tuesday, July 13 included the following, based on a report prepared by Mass Audubon’s Wellfleet Bay Wildlife Sanctuary.
A Brown Booby was photographed from a whale watch boat on Stellwagen Bank on Saturday, July 10. A Leach’s Storm-Petrel was also seen there.
Sightings at Race Point in Provincetown included a Common Murre, a Razorbill, a Royal Tern, a Black Tern, 250 Least Terns, 1,800 Common Terns, 2 Arctic Terns, 65 Roseate Terns, 110 Wilson’s Storm-Petrels, 72 Cory’s Shearwaters, including a ‘Scopoli’s’ Cory’s Shearwater, 1,600 Great Shearwaters, 900 Sooty Shearwaters, 20 Manx Shearwaters, 2 Lesser Black-Backed Gulls, and a Parasitic Jaeger.
There were 4 Common Ravens in Truro.
Someone found the right vantage point in Eastham this week. Sightings from a kayak in Nauset Marsh included an American Golden-Plover, 4 American Oystercatchers, 210 Least Sandpipers, 2 White-Rumped Sandpipers, 178 Short-Billed Dowitchers, including one ‘Herndersoni,’ 4 Lesser Black-Backed Gulls, a Black Skimmer, 6 Yellow-Crowned Night-Herons, 9 Black-Crowned Night-Herons, and 3 Saltmarsh Sparrows.
There must have been birds in Wellfleet, but nobody there dropped a dime.
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].