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Bird sightings on Cape Cod

MARK WILSON/GLOBE STAFF/FILE 2008

Great egrets were seen in Hyannisport and on the Pamet River in Truro.

Recent bird sightings on Cape Cod (as of Feb. 15) as reported to the Massachusetts Audubon Society.

The lazuli bunting continues at Mass Audubon’s Wellfleet Bay Wildlife Sanctuary. A yellow-bellied sapsucker, 4 Northern bobwhites, a swamp sparrow, 7 field sparrows, and a winter wren were also seen at the sanctuary.

Other rare birds that are wintering locally include a blue-winged teal and Northern shoveler on Mill Pond in Marstons Mills, long- and short-billed dowitchers plus 8 greater yellowlegs at West Harwich Conservation Area, a painted bunting and orange-crowned warbler on Shore Road in Eastham, a great egret on the Pamet River in Truro, and a Pacific loon present off the old Horizon’s restaurant in Sandwich.

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A bald eagle was seen catching fish and hunting coots on Herring Pond in Eastham. Other sightings around the Cape included 2 Iceland gulls and a Barrow’s goldeneye at the outlet to Great Pond in Falmouth, a redhead on Little Pond in Falmouth, 2 wood ducks at Mystic Lake in Marstons Mills, a great egret in Hyannisport, a ruby-crowned kinglet in Sandwich, a black-and-white warbler on Airline Road in Dennis, a marsh wren in Harwich, and 3 harlequin ducks, an Iceland gull, and a lesser black-backed gull in Provincetown Harbor.

For more information about bird sightings or to report sightings, call the Massachusetts Audubon Society at 781-259-8805 or go to www.massaudubon.org.
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