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Bird Sightings

Bird sightings on Cape Cod

Recent bird sightings on Cape Cod (as of
Aug. 27) as reported to the Massachusetts
Audubon Society.

A Brookline Bird Club “Extreme Pelagic” to the continental shelf waters 100 miles south of Nantucket produced some excellent birds despite difficult seas. Highlights over the two-day trip included up to 3 black-capped petrels, a red-billed tropicbird, a white-faced storm petrel, a state record total of 100 Audubon’s shearwaters, 7 band-rumped storm petrels, 46 Leach’s storm-petrels, a south polar skua, 2 long-tailed jaegers, 350 red-necked phalaropes, and 9 red phalaropes.

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 International Shorebird Surveys were conducted around Chatham’s barrier islands and beaches, with highlights including 9 Hudsonian godwits and a Wilson’s phalarope at South Beach, a marbled and a Hudsonian godwit, a yellow-crowned night-heron, 8 lesser black-backed gulls, a black skimmer, and 8 black terns at South Monomoy, and 17 Hudsonian godwits, 1,600 semipalmated sandpipers, over 400 red knots and 45 piping plovers at Minimoy Island.

Other South Beach sightings included a marbled godwit, 370 red knots, 1200 semipalmated sandpipers, a Forster’s tern, and a peregrine facon.

Morris Island in Chatham produced 24 black scoters, 34 American oystercatchers, 3 marbled godwits, 2 whimbrel, 14 red knots, 2 lesser black-backed gulls, 2 yellow-bellied flycatchers, and a Canada warbler.

A whale watch to the waters just off Provincetown produced 2 northern fulmars, a Sabine’s gull, a pomarine jaeger, and a parasitic jaeger, as well as numbers of all four shearwater species.

Sabine’s gulls were seen at Race Point and Town Neck in Sandwich over the weekend, and other sightings around the Cape included a bufflehead at North Beach Island in Chatham, 10 parasitic jaegers and 325 Cory’s shearwaters at Nauset Beach in Orleans, 5 clapper rails at the Herring River in Wellfleet, and a yellow-crowned night heron in Provincetown Harbor.

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