Confirmed bird sightings on the Outer Cape in the week preceding the Independent’s deadline on Tuesday, Aug. 9 included the following, based on a report prepared by Mass Audubon’s Wellfleet Bay Wildlife Sanctuary.
A Brown Pelican has been seen between Jeremy Point in Wellfleet and Race Point in Provincetown this week. The word from Audubon is that it could turn up anywhere from here on out.
Other sightings at Race Point in Provincetown included a Red-Necked Phalarope, 2 Parasitic Jaegers, a Lesser Black-Backed Gull, 2 Black Terns, 16 Roseate Terns, 300 Common Terns, a Forster’s Tern, 12 Wilson’s Storm-Petrels, 60 Cory’s Shearwaters, 145 Great Shearwaters, 6 Sooty Shearwaters, and 9 Manx Shearwaters.
Seabirds noted from a whale watch off Provincetown included 2 Wilson’s Storm-Petrels, 220 Cory’s Shearwaters, 1050 Great Shearwaters, 12 Sooty Shearwaters, and 6 Manx Shearwaters.
A Royal Tern was at Mass Audubon’s Wellfleet Bay Sanctuary on Aug. 9, along with 16 Forster’s Terns, 3 Whimbrels, 200 Semipalmated Sandpipers, 38 Short-Billed Dowitchers, 35 Cory’s Shearwaters, and a Peregrine Falcon. Also at the sanctuary this week were a Red Knot, a Brant, and a Long-Billed Dowitcher.
42 Whimbrels were counted at Indian Neck in Wellfleet.
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].