Recent bird sightings on Cape Cod (as of
Sept. 19) as reported to the Massachusetts
A curlew sandpiper was seen at yet another location in Chatham, this time at a high-tide shorebird roost on the inaccessible Minimoy Island. Elsewhere in Chatham, the bar-tailed godwit was reported again from South Beach.
Seen at Fort Hill in Eastham were three American kestrels, a peregrine falcon, a sora, an American golden-plover, 350 greater yellowlegs, 6 Forster’s terns, 12 red-breasted nuthatches,
6 marsh wrens, an American pipit, 2 warbling vireos, 30 common yellowthroats, a Canada warbler, 12 bobolinks, and 2 red crossbills.
Birds at Wellfleet Bay sanctuary included a clapper rail, 30 great blue herons, a hooded merganser, 4 willets, 75 whimbrel, a pectoral sandpiper, 7 Forster’s terns, a merlin, a yellow-bellied flycatcher, a winter wren, and a Connecticut warbler.
A whale watch out of Provincetown produced 60 red-necked phalaropes, a pomarine jaeger,
10 parasitic jaegers, and an early razorbill.
Other birds on the peninsula included a mourning warbler and a Philadelphia vireo in Falmouth, flocks of blue-winged teal in Marstons Mills and the Beech Forest in Provincetown, a bald eagle in Truro and another in Mashpee, 34 American oystercatchers, 3 buff-breasted sandpipers, a stilt sandpiper, and a yellow-breasted chat in Chatham, 4 Philadelphia vireos and a white-eyed vireo at High Toss Road in Wellfleet, a ring-necked pheasant near Duck Creek in Wellfleet, a whip-poor-will and chuck-will’s-widow induced to call in Truro, single pomarine jaegers in Provincetown and Truro, two long-tailed jaegers in Chatham and another in Provincetown, and 9 red-necked phalaropes and 3 lesser black-backed gulls off Chatham.