Recent bird sightings on Cape Cod (as of May 30) as reported to the Massachusetts Audubon Society.
The prothonotary warbler continues in Pocasset and a very tardy snowy owl continues to linger in the dunes of Provincetown.
An Acadian flycatcher was reported from West Barnstable Conservation Area.
A survey of Otis Air Force Base on May 26 turned up a nice suite of rare and/or declining grassland birds including Northern harrier, American kestrel, upland sandpiper, brown thrasher, clay-colored sparrow, grasshopper sparrow, and Eastern meadowlark.
Reported from Nauset Beach Orleans/North Beach Chatham were a Manx shearwater, a Northern harrier, snowy egret, a great horned owl, a yellow-billed cuckoo, and an alder flycatcher. At North Beach Island in Chatham there was a Northern gannet, 18 piping plovers, 3 red knots, 7 semipalmated sandpipers, a cliff swallow, and a savannah sparrow.
Among the birds banded recently at the Wing Island banding station in Brewster were Swainson’s thrush, veery, white-eyed vireo, and brown thrasher.
Birds at Wellfleet Bay sanctuary included a clapper rail, 45 ruddy turnstones, a Northern bobwhite, a wood thrush, and 2 saltmarsh sparrows.
Other sightings around the Cape included a willow flycatcher at Fort Hill in Eastham, a ruffed grouse and a wood thrush at Long Pond in Falmouth, a willow flycatcher at Navigation Road in Barnstable, a warbling vireo at Ashumet Holly sanctuary in Falmouth, and 200 ruddy turnstones and 50 least sandpipers at South Beach in Chatham.