Cape Cod Bird Sightings — Tuesday, April 19, 2022
Cape Cod Weekly Wildlife Sightings is sponsored by the Bird Watchers General Store in Orleans and Mass Audubon's Wellfleet Bay Wildlife Sanctuary. The following sightings were reported between April 6 and April 12, 2022.
A Swallow-tailed Kite was seen in North Truro on Saturday, and a Yellow-throated Warbler was in a Woods Hole yard on Friday.
A White Ibis and an Indigo Bunting continued at Mass Audubon’s Wellfleet Bay sanctuary this week.
A remarkable fallout of migrant songbirds grounded by fog occurred starting on Thursday, causing hundreds of Hermit Thrushes, Golden-crowned and Ruby-crowned Kinglets, Dark-eyed Juncos, Northern Flickers, and Palm Warblers to land on fishing boats and Outer Cape beaches. Many, especially flickers, didn’t make it and were found dead on beaches over the following days.
Some of these migrants were tallied at the Beech Forest in Provincetown on 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 Little Blue Herons, a Least Bittern, 9 Glossy Ibis, 3 Pectoral Sandpipers, a Least Sandpiper, a Short-billed Dowitcher, 60 Greater Yellowlegs, 2 Blue-winged Teal, 30 Green-winged Teal, and 2 Clapper Rails.
Other sightings around the Cape included 2 Black Vultures in Mashpee, a Willet in West Dennis, and a Clapper Rail in Wellfleet.
If you have questions about these sightings, or want to report a sighting, call the Wellfleet Bay Wildlife Sanctuary at 508-349-2615 or send e-mail to [email protected].