Recent bird sightings on Cape Cod (as of
June 13) as reported to the Massachusetts
A Northern fulmar, normally a seldom seen bird of the open ocean, was paddling around Provincetown Harbor.
The chuck-will’s widow continues at Pochet Island in Orleans.
A birding and whale trip to the waters off Provincetown, Truro, and Chatham produced an impressive display of seabirds feeding together off Chatham. Highlights included 25 great shearwaters, 2,500 sooty shearwaters, 4 Manx shearwaters, 55 Wilson’s storm-petrels, 110 Northern gannets, 150 common terns, 2 parasitic jaegers, 2 pomarine jaegers, and 2 late razorbills seen off Provincetown.
Highlights from a trip to South Beach in Chatham included a Wilson’s phalarope plus 24 snowy egrets, a clapper rail, 10 piping plovers, 12 semipalmated plovers, 8 American oystercatchers, 35 red knots, 2 white-rumped sandpipers, a roseate tern, 400 common terns, and 25 sharp-tailed sparrows.
Three Caspian terns were seen flying by Head of the Meadow Beach in Truro and other sightings around the Cape included a sooty shearwater seen from shore in Brewster, black, Forster’s, and roseate terns at Gray’s Beach in Yarmouth, a clapper rail, a Virginia rail, and a willow flycatcher near Navigation Road in Barnstable, 2 American kestrels and a grasshopper sparrow at Crane Wildlife Management Area in Falmouth, 2 clapper rails at South Cape Beach in Mashpee, an Arctic tern reported at North Monomoy in Chatham, and willow flycatchers continuing at Fort Hill in Eastham.