Recent bird sightings on Cape Cod (as of Sept. 19) as reported to the Massachusetts Audubon Society.
Two very rare Western warbler species were found on the Cape, a black-throated gray warbler in Chatham and a MacGillivray’s warbler in Orleans.
Provincetown sightings included 20,000 great shearwaters with smaller numbers of Cory’s, sooty, and Manx shearwaters, plus a king eider, 2 Caspian terns, a buff-breasted sandpiper, 6 American golden-plovers, 30 parasitic jaegers, 4 pomarine jaegers, a little gull, and 17 lesser black-backed gulls.
Sightings at South Beach and Monomoy in Chatham included 71 snowy egrets, 9 marbled godwits, a Hudsonian godwit, 500 red knots, 11 American oystercatchers, 1400 sanderlings, 85 dunlin, 27 white-rumped sandpipers, a Western sandpiper, an Arctic tern, and 5 black skimmers.
Other sightings around the Cape included 2 Caspian terns in Hyannis, a glaucous gull in Chatham, an alder flycatcher and a gray-cheeked thrush banded at Wing Island in Brewster, and 2 Wilson’s phalaropes in Nauset marsh in Eastham plus another at Wellfleet Bay sanctuary.
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