Recent bird sightings on Cape Cod (as of Dec. 26) as reported to the Massachusetts Audubon Society.
Sightings from Race Point in Provincetown included an Atlantic puffin, a Pacific loon, 2 great shearwaters, 104 common murres, a thick-billed murre, 125 razorbills, a dovekie, a black guillemot, a pomarine jaeger, 225 black-legged kittiwakes, 12 Iceland gulls, 2 merlins, and 4 snowy owls.
The boat-based Stellwagen Bank National Marine Sanctuary Christmas Bird Count was held on the 19th, producing 6 Northern fulmars, 9 pomarine jaegers, 138 dovekies, 32 common murres, 19 Atlantic puffins, 178 black-legged kittiwakes, and 2 Iceland gulls.
Highlights from the 126 species recorded on the Mid-Cape Christmas Bird count on Dec. 23, spanning from Sandwich to Dennis, included a Eurasian wigeon, 3 Northern shovelers, a blue-winged teal, 2 harlequin ducks, 2 Barrow’s goldeneye, an American woodcock, a long-eared owl, 2 Eastern phoebes, a house wren, an ovenbird, a Baltimore oriole, and a seaside sparrow.
Other sightings around the Cape included a rose-breasted grosbeak, a black-headed gull, and a Forster’s tern in Woods Hole, a blue-headed vireo in Bourne, a white-eyed vireo in Hyannis, a great egret in Chatham, 2 semipalmated plovers in Orleans, and a rough-legged hawk at Corn Hill Beach in Truro.
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