Recent bird sightings on Cape Cod (as of Aug. 29) as reported to the Massachusetts Audubon Society.
Rare shorebirds continue to dominate the birding news, with a curlew sandpiper found at Mass. Audubon’s Tern Island sanctuary. Elsewhere in Chatham, the bar-tailed godwit continues to be seen at South Beach, mostly during high tides.
Also seen on the Tern Island flats were 12 American oystercatchers, a Western sandpiper, 12 white-rumped sandpipers, 6 Hudsonian godwits, and a Western willet. Other South Beach birds included 4 common loons, a Cory’s shearwater, 2 sooty shearwaters, 2 Manx shearwaters, 25 Wilson’s storm-petrels, a Northern gannet, 2 Northern harriers, 30 American oystercatchers, 2 pectoral sandpipers, 11 whimbrels, 125 red knots, 15 black terns, 380 roseate terns, 5 parasitic jaegers, and 18 horned larks.
Seen on a whale watch out of Provincetown were a Sabine’s gull, 30 red-necked phalaropes, 4 species of shearwater, and a parasitic jaeger.
One intrepid birder made the epic 20-mile round-trip hike from Chatham Light to the ponds of South Monomoy on Monday, and along the way he noted 3 gadwall, 2 blue-winged teal, a Northern pintail, 9 green-winged teal, 27 white-winged scoter, 2 pied-billed grebes, 12 great egrets, 108 snowy egrets, 11 black-crowned night-herons, 390 black-bellied plover, 850 semipalmated plover, 25 piping plover, 25 American oystercatchers, 2 Western willets, 24 whimbrel, 14 Hudsonian godwits, the bar-tailed godwit, 110 ruddy turnstones, 160 red knots, 23 white-rumped sandpiper, 1 pectoral sandpiper, 9 least terns, 4 black terns, 2 parasitic jaegers, a peregrine falcon, 1,200 tree swallows, and 19 saltmarsh sparrows.
Sightings from Pochet Island in Orleans included a wood duck, a Northern harrier, 9 ruby-throated hummingbirds, a Canada warbler, 24 red-breasted nuthatches, a blue-gray gnatcatcher, a dickcissel, and 2 bobolinks.
In other sightings around the Cape, an American wigeon was at Mill Pond in Marstons Mills, a merlin was seen in Falmouth, 15 parasitic jaegers and 13 American oystercatchers were seen from Chatham Light and 800 roseate terns were at North Beach in Chatham, a hooded merganser and 25 whimbrel were at Wellfleet Bay sanctuary, and a Baird’s sandpiper was reported from West Harwich Conservation Area.
to report sightings, call the Massachusetts Audubon Society at 781-259-8805 or go to www.massaudubon.org.