Bird sightings on Cape Cod
Recent bird sightings on Cape Cod (as of Dec. 24) as reported to the Massachusetts Audubon Society.
Highlights from the Mid-Cape Cod Christmas Bird Count — which covered towns from Sandwich to Dennis — included an ovenbird, a Lincoln’s sparrow, a black-headed gull, a snow goose, more than 40 dovekies, at least 3 Eastern phoebes, and 3 evening grosbeaks. Nearly ideal owling conditions produced six species of owls including barred, long-eared, short-eared, and more than 20 Northern saw-whet owls.
The offshore Stellwagen Christmas Bird Count included sightings of 2 Atlantic puffins, 13 dovekies, 109 common murres, 26 razorbills, 141 black-legged kittiwakes, and 2 Iceland gulls.
A Pacific loon was at Race Point in Provincetown, where other sightings included 13 dovekies, 7 common murres, 240 razorbills, a black-bellied plover, 225 sanderlings, 320 dunlin, 48 black-legged kittiwakes, 10 Iceland gulls, 2 common ravens, and 48 snow buntings.
Other sightings around the Cape included a house wren in Falmouth; a great egret, 2 redheads, and 4 canvasbacks in Eastham; and a red crossbill in Brewster.