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Bird sightings on Cape Cod

Recent bird sightings on Cape Cod (as of Sept. 5) as reported to the Massachusetts Audubon Society.

A Say’s phoebe made a one-day appearance at Mass Audubon’s Wellfleet Bay sanctuary, representing the third record of this rare western flycatcher on the Cape and Islands in the last 2 years.

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A Franklin’s gull was photographed in Chatham, where other sightings included 3 Hudsonian and 5 marbled godwits at Minimoy Island, 20 American oystercatchers, 200 red knots, and 5 black skimmers at South Beach, and 2 greater scaup, 21 Northern pintails, 8 Northern shovelers, 5 common gallinules, and a yellow-headed blackbird at South Monomoy.

The large number of shearwaters was slightly diminished at Race Point Beach in Provincetown, but sightings still included 10,000 great shearwaters, 65 Cory’s shearwaters, 125 sooty shearwaters, 40 Manx shearwaters, plus 2 buff-breasted sandpipers, a south polar skua, 2 little gulls, and a common raven.

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Migrant warblers reported included Connecticut warblers in Provincetown and Brewster, at least 3 Cape May warblers, a mourning warbler, and a Canada warbler at Wellfleet Bay sanctuary, Tennessee warblers in Brewster and Orleans, and blue-winged, bay-breasted, and blackburnian warblers at Pochet Island in Orleans.

Other sightings around the Cape included a Caspian tern at Sandy Neck in Barnstable, 8 red-necked phalaropes off North Beach in Chatham, 2 marbled godwits and a Nelson’s sparrow in Nauset Marsh, and a clapper rail, 5 Virginia rails, and 2 sora at the Herring River in Wellfleet.

For more information about bird sightings or to report sightings, call the Massachusetts Audubon Society at 781-259-8805 or go to www.massaudubon.org.
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