Recent bird sightings on Cape Cod (as of
June 6) as reported to the Massachusetts Audubon Society.
The nor’easter that stalled over the region over the weekend brought some interesting seabirds to the Cape’s waters. At Race Point in Provincetown, one observer noted 54 common loons, a Northern fulmar, 3 great shearwaters, 42 sooty shearwaters, 12 Manx shearwaters, 7 Wilson’s storm-petrels, 780 Northern gannets, 2 pomarine jaegers, 5 parasitic jaegers, and an out-of-season common murre.
Seen from Morris Island in Chatham were 2 long-tailed ducks, a Cory’s shearwater, 3 great shearwater, 1,300 sooty shearwaters, and 10 Manx shearwaters.
At First Encounter Beach in Eastham, sightings included a long-tailed jaeger, 3 Cory’s shearwaters, 1 great shearwater, 275 sooty shearwaters, 16 Manx shearwaters, 210 common terns, and 2 parasitic jaegers.
Two Leach’s storm-petrels and a red-necked phalarope were seen from Sandy Neck in Barnstable on Tuesday, and a Northern fulmar, 7 Manx shearwaters, and 20 sooty shearwaters were seen at Corporation Beach in Dennis.
Birds reported from Falmouth included 128 common loons, a great egret, a snowy egret, 2 American oystercatchers, 18 ruddy turnstones, 6 short-billed dowitchers, 30 roseate terns, a late rough-legged hawk reported at Crane Wildlife Management Area, and a saltmarsh sparrow.
Other sightings included an American golden-plover continuing at Tern Island in Chatham and a wood thrush continuing at Wellfleet Bay Wildlife Sanctuary.
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