Tuesday, January 9, 2018

January 9, 2018

The following sightings were reported between January 2–9, 2018.

Highlights from the 23rd annual Truro Christmas Bird count held on January 2 included a king eider, 2 Barrow’s goldeneyes, 2 snowy owls, and a saltmarsh sparrow at Great Island in Wellfleet, another snowy owl on Pilgrim Lake in Truro, plus overall count highlights of 2 American woodcocks, a Wilson’s snipe, 11 Virginia rails, a dovekie, a common murre, a bald eagle, 6 northern saw-whet owls, a yellow-bellied sapsucker, a common raven, 3 marsh wrens, 30 hermit thrushes, and an orange-crowned warbler.

Bald eagles have been widely reported during the recent deep freeze, with sightings of 5 at Nye Pond in Sandwich, up to 4 in Mashpee, and scattered individuals in Harwich, Dennis, Falmouth and elsewhere.

Sightings from Fort Hill in Eastham included 2 American bitterns, a peregrine falcon, 2 Nelson’s sparrows, 2 saltmarsh sparrows, a seaside sparrow, and 7 eastern meadowlarks.

Other sightings around the Cape included a continuing rose-breasted grosbeak in Woods Hole, a redhead on Perch Pond in Falmouth, a Eurasian wigeon and a palm warbler at Nye Pond in Sandwich, a black-headed gull at Ocean Avenue Beach in Hyannis, an eastern phoebe in Nickerson State Park in Brewster, and 3 snow geese and a yellow-bellied sapsucker in Eastham.