Recent bird sightings on Cape Cod (as of March 13) as reported to the Massachusetts Audubon Society.
A female tufted duck, a Eurasian relative of the scaup, was found along with 90 greater scaup in Falmouth’s inner harbor on the 11th. As of the 13th it was also spending time in nearby Sider’s Pond. Elsewhere in Falmouth, at least 12 redheads and a Eurasian wigeon were on Little Pond.
A Pacific loon was still being seen occasionally on the small pond at Beech Forest in Provincetown. The first reports of ospreys have come in, though it is still a week earlier than usual for the first sightings.
The seabirds of the week were Northern fulmars and Leach’s storm-petrels. Both of these species are rarely seen from land except during storms, and both were seen from typical storm viewing beaches like Sandy Neck in Barnstable, Corporation in Dennis, and First Encounter in Eastham. Full highlights from First Encounter included one Leach’s storm-petrel and 10 Northern fulmars, plus 750 black-legged kittiwakes, 2 Iceland gulls, 2 dovekies, 2 common murres, 3 thick-billed murres, and 177 razorbills.
At Corporation Beach there were an impressive 142 Northern fulmars, plus 240 black-legged kittiwakes, and 3 razorbills.
Other sightings included 4 Northern shovelers at Mill Pond in Marstons Mills, a pine warbler in Pocasset, an Eastern phoebe, 3 red crossbills, and 30 white-winged crossbills in Dennis, 6 red crossbills in Harwich, a brown thrasher and a peregrine falcon near Cahoon Hollow in Wellfleet, and a dovekie and a thick-billed murre in Provincetown Harbor.