Recent bird sightings on Cape Cod (as of Feb. 29) as reported to the Massachusetts Audubon Society.
The lazuli bunting continues to attract a crowd to Mass Audubon’s Wellfleet Bay Wildlife Sanctuary, where a yellow-bellied sapsucker, 4 Northern bobwhites, 7 field sparrows, a winter wren, 3 common grackles, 4 brown-headed cowbirds, 7 Eastern bluebirds, and a hooded merganser were also noted.
A Pacific loon is still being seen close to shore at the east end of the Cape Cod Canal and a common raven was seen near the Bourne Bridge. Sightings of this large cousin of the crow continue to increase on the Cape.
An immature bald eagle was noted at Mashpee-Wakeby Pond during a Cape Cod Bird Club “Birding With Kids’’ program.
The painted bunting and orange-crowned warbler continue to be seen on Shore Road in Eastham, and the long-billed and short-billed dowitchers continue at Bell’s Neck Road in Harwich along with some greater yellowlegs.
A black-throated blue warbler is still present in Wellfleet where it makes occasional appearances at a suet feeder. Other sightings around the peninsula include a Baltimore oriole on Bray Farm Road in Yarmouth and 2 more on Hope Lane in Dennis, 2 Eurasian wigeons at Arey’s Pond in Orleans, a glaucous gull, 2 Iceland gulls, and 700 razorbills at Cahoon Hollow in Wellfleet, 2 white-winged crossbills at Pilgrim Heights in Truro, and lastly, American woodcocks are just starting to make display flights, with reports expected to increase rapidly in the coming weeks.