Recent bird sightings on Cape Cod (as of June 27) as reported to the Massachusetts Audubon Society.
While June often means a lull in the birding action, a lot of wacky birds were seen on the Cape this week. Three sandhill cranes were seen over Rt. 28 in Harwich and again later over Morris Island in Chatham. An out-of-season thick-billed murre was seen paddling around Wellfleet Harbor. Lastly, a bar-tailed godwit was found at South Beach in Chatham.
Also seen at South Beach were a Forster’s tern, an Arctic tern, and a continuing Wilson’s phalarope.
Two chuck-will’s widows were calling along Old County Road in Truro.
A pelagic birding trip out of the Chatham Fish Pier found 3 common loons, 45 Cory’s shearwaters, 600 great shearwaters, 1,200 sooty shearwaters, 16 Manx shearwaters, and 1,200 Wilson’s storm-petrels.
Birds seen at Wellfleet Bay sanctuary included a little blue heron, a black-crowned night-heron, 2 American oystercatchers, 3 wild turkeys, a northern bobwhite and an eastern meadowlark.
A Caspian tern was seen in Nauset Marsh in Eastham, and other sightings around the Cape include 21 osprey, 7 marsh wrens, and a northern parula at the Mashpee River Woodlands, 2 northern bobwhites, 9 grasshopper sparrows, 4 indigo buntings, and 17 orchard orioles at Crane WMA in Falmouth, a black-billed cuckoo in North Truro, a willow flycatcher in Sandwich, and 2 whimbrel at North Monomoy Island in Chatham.