Birdwatching on Cape Cod

Recent sightings (up to April 19) as reported to Mass Audubon.

A swallowtail kite was seen in North Truro and a yellow-throated warbler was in a yard in Woods Hole.

A white ibis and an indigo bunting continued to Mass Audubon’s Wellfleet Bay Sanctuary.

A remarkable downfall of migrating songbirds anchored in the fog occurred, causing the landing of hundreds of hermit thrushes, golden-crowned and ruby-crowned kinglets, black-eyed juncos, northern flickers and western warblers. palm trees on the fishing boats and the beaches of the Outer Cape. Many, especially the flickers, did not survive and were found dead on the beaches over the following days.

Some of these migrants were counted in the beech forest in Provincetown in the following days, including 220 golden-crowned kinglets, 44 ruby-crowned kinglets, 23 brown creepers, 66 hermit thrushes and 36 palm warblers. Other birds seen included an early magnolia warbler and a white-eyed vireo.

Birds seen at Bell’s Neck Conservation Area in Harwich included a tricolored heron, 2 lesser blue herons, a least bittern, 9 glossy ibis, 3 pectoral sandpipers, a lesser sandpiper, a short-billed sandpiper, 60 greater yellowlegs, 2 blue-winged teal, 30 green-winged teal, and 2 flapping rails.

Other sightings around the cape included 2 black vultures at Mashpee, a willet at West Dennis and a clamshell rail at Wellfleet.

If you have questions about these sightings or would like to report a sighting, call Wellfleet Bay Wildlife Sanctuary at 508-349-2615 or email [email protected].

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