Recent bird sightings on Cape Cod (as of
April 23) as reported to the Massachusetts
An oddly friendly sandhill crane hung out in some yard puddles just east of West Dennis Beach for a few days.
A tricolored heron was once again seen at Morris Island causeway in Chatham.
A king eider continues in Provincetown Harbor, as does a Pacific loon at nearby Herring Cove. Other birds at Herring Cove included a bald eagle and 2 Iceland gulls.
The first ruby-throated hummingbird report of the spring came in from Brewster.
An impressive 18 ruffed grouse were tallied during an intensive survey on Camp Edwards. Other birds noted during the survey included an American kestrel, 19 hermit thrushes, 7 brown thrashers, 52 pine warblers, 36 eastern towhees, 10 field sparrows, 14 red-breasted nuthatches, and 3 purple finches. A short-eared owl was also seen on the base.
Birds at Craigville Beach included 2 willets, 6 piping plovers, 26 ruddy turnstones, and a purple sandpiper.
Newly arrived migrants at Coonamessett Bogs in East Falmouth included a green heron and a northern parula. Other sightings around the Cape included a short-eared owl at Crane WMA in Falmouth, an eastern kingbird and a green heron in Mashpee, another eastern kingbird in Eastham, 2 broad-winged hawks at Mass. Audubon Wellfleet Bay's Pilgrim Heights hawk watch in Truro, and a common murre and a Manx shearwater on Stellwagen Bank.