Recent bird sightings on Cape Cod (as of Aug. 3) as reported to the Massachusetts Audubon Society.
Birds at Mass Audubon’s Wellfleet Bay sanctuary included a continuing stilt sandpiper, a pectoral sandpiper, 2 white-rumped sandpipers, 3 snowy egrets, a Forster’s tern, 11 Northern bobwhites including 10 chicks, and a Northern waterthrush.
Seabirding has been great at the south end of Stellwagen bank, with reports of 18 Cory’s shearwaters, 900 great shearwaters, 1,100 sooty shearwaters, 23 Manx shearwaters, 480 Wilson’s storm-petrels, 75 roseate terns, 550 common terns, an arctic tern, and a pomarine jaeger.
Birds seen on north Monomoy Island in Chatham included 2 white-winged scoters, 160 double-crested cormorants, 10 great egrets, 22 snowy egrets, 7 black-crowned night-herons, 115 black-bellied plovers, 375 semipalmated plovers, a piping plover, 9 American oystercatchers, 130 greater yellowlegs, 115 willets, a whimbrel, 9 Hudsonian godwits, a marbled godwit, 145 ruddy turnstones, 2,600 semipalmated sandpipers, 90 least sandpipers, a white-rumped sandpiper, 490 short-billed dowitchers, and 4 saltmarsh sparrows.
At Old Harbor Creek in Sandwich, a white-rumped sandpiper, 4 Forster’s terns, 40 great blue herons, a Northern harrier, and 3 saltmarsh sparrows were spotted.
At Hawks Nest State Park in Harwich were 10 wood ducks, 2 spotted sandpipers, 13 Eastern wood pewees, 16 red-breasted nuthatches, 3 brown creepers, and 16 Eastern towhees.
Two black terns and 3 Western sandpipers were at South Beach in Chatham, and other sightings around the Cape included five Forster’s terns in Barnstable Harbor, a red-shouldered hawk in Mashpee, a continuing glaucous gull at Tern Island in Chatham, 26 whimbrels flying over Bell’s Neck Conservation Area in Harwich, and 13 whimbrels at Great Island in Wellfleet.
For more information about bird sightings or to report sightings, call the Massachusetts Audubon Society at 781-259-8805 or go to www.massaudubon.org.