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Bird sightings on Cape Cod

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Eastern bluebirds are one of several species sighted recently in Wellfleet.

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.

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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.

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