Saturday, November 23, 2013

HBC-Cape Cod Weekend

Ten members of the Hampshire bird Club made a weekend trip to Cape Cod a couple of weeks ago. Overall the weekend weather was pretty good, but certainly a bit on the windy side. We headed out early Saturday morning for Race Point in Provincetown, hoping to cash in on a few pelagic birds. The biggest obstacle we encountered was the WIND….but we managed to find a couple lingering Great Shearwaters , 3-4 Parasitic Jaegers, lots of Bonaparte’s Gulls, Gannets, Scoters, Common Eiders and one Wood Duck flying close to shore with a flock of Common Eiders? Along the Beach…a flock of Snow Buntings and an American Pipit put on a nice show.

During the next two days we would work our way up and down Rte 6 from Chatham to Provincetown, stopping at Fort Hill, Wellfleet Harbor, Morris Island and High Head to mention just a few. We had some nice birds but nothing to out of the ordinary.  A late Lincoln’s Sparrow at High Head, Fox Sparrow, Rusty Blackbird at Fort Hill and loads of Dunlins, Black-bellied Plovers, American Oystercatcher and a couple Peregrine Falcons in Chatham.  Complete list below.   

Northern Harrier- Race Point

Gray Seals- Herring Cove Beach, Provincetown.

Common Eiders- Provincetown

Great Blue Heron- Marsh near High Head.


Race Point- Provincetown.

Common Loon-Wellfleet Harbor

Common Eider-Having a snack...Wellfleet Harbor.

The Gang....Chatham Light


Chatham Light

Herring Gull- dropping a scallop.

Greater Yellowlegs

Great Egret- Coast Guard Beach.

Great Blue Heron

Bonaparte's Gull- Coast Guard Beach.

Yellow-rumped Warbler- Fort Hill.

Northern Cardinal

Northern Flicker-Fort Hill

Peregrine Falcon- Fort Hill.

                                              Hampshire Bird Club                             

                                  Cape Cod Trip – Nov. 9-11, 2013

Areas Covered:

Chatham (Chatham Light/Morris Island/Cow Yard Rd/Hardings Beach/CockleCove)
Orleans (Nauset Beach)
Eastham (Coast Guard Beach/Fort Hill/First Encounter Beach)
Wellfleet (Harbor)
Truro (High Head/Head of the Meadow)
Provincetown (Race Point/Herring Cove Beach/MacMillian Wharf)



Canada Goose- Low numbers.

Brant -10

Mute Swan -2

Wood Duck -1. Flying with Eiders at Race Point.

American Black Duck- common.

Mallard- surprisingly uncommon this weekend.

Green-winged Teal-17. Coast Guard Beach, Nauset Beach, High Head.

Ring-necked Duck-8 Eastham.

Greater Scaup- 9

Common Eider- 3000+ large numbers in Chatham.

Harlequin Duck-1 male. Nauset Beach…Thank You Sally.

Surf Scoter- Common- 50-100

White-winged Scoter- Most Common-1000+

Black Scoter- 250-300

Long-tailed Duck -12

Bufflehead- 250+

Common Goldeneye-2.

Hooded Merganser- 3 Fort Hill.

Red-breasted Merganser- 75+

Red-throated Loon- 25

Common Loon- 65

Horned Grebe-15

Red-necked Grebe- 4

Great Shearwater-2 Race Point.

Northern Gannet- 400

Double-crested Cormorant- 1500+

Great Cormorant-6

Great Blue Heron- 10

Great Egret-2

Northern Harrier-6

Sharp-shinned Hawk-3

Red-tailed Hawk-2

Merlin-1. High Head.

Peregrine Falcon- 3. Chatham & Fort Hill.

American Coot- Eastham

Black-bellied Plover-150+ (Most at Morris Island)

American Oystercatcher-1 Morris Island.

Willet-1 Chatham.

Ruddy Turnstone-1 Chatham.


Semipalmated Sandpiper-6

White-rumped Sandpiper- 1 Herring Cove.


Bonaparte’s Gull-300+ Largest numbers-Race Point.

Laughing Gull-9

Ring-billed Gull- 40+

Herring Gull-very common.

Great Black-backed Gull-Commn

Common Tern-50 Race Point.

Parasitic Jaeger-3 Race Point.

Rock Pigeon- 300

Mourning Dove- 14

Red-bellied Woodpecker-1 Fort Hill

Downy Woodpecker-3

Northern Flicker-4

Blue Jay-5

American Crow

Horned Lark-6

Black-capped Chickadee 23

Tufted Titmouse-4

Red-breasted Nuthatch-1 Morris Island

White-breasted Nuthatch-1 Fort Hill

Carolina Wren-7

Golden-crowned Kinglet-3

Ruby-crowned Kinglet-1 Eastham.

Eastern Bluebird-2 Eastham

American Robin- 85+

Gray Catbird-4

Northern Mockingbird-3


American Pipit-1 Race Point.

Yellow-rumped Warbler- 65+

Palm Warbler-2 Chatham Light.

Fox Sparrow-1 Fort Hill.

Song Sparrow-15

Lincoln’s Sparrow-1 High Head.

White-throated Sparrow-3

Snow Bunting-41 Race Point.

Northern Cardinal-17

Red-winged Blackbird-1

Rusty Blackbird-1 Fort Hill

House Finch- 22

American Goldfinch-20+

House Sparrow-20


     84 Species  


Gray Seals


White-tailed Deer


Weekend Weather: Temps 38-60, Strong NW winds on Saturday 10-20mph.

Sunday-light winds (SW) Cloudy-light on-off rains. Monday –Clear steady NW winds.