7/12 – P’town and environs

Back on Sunday, July 12th, I made my way up to the Provincetown area to get some birding in before work started. Per usual, I’ve been spending my summer on Cape Cod, and this year have been working at one of my favorite places: The Birdwatcher’s General Store in Orleans.

Trying to get in as much time as I could, I began my day at sunrise at Race Point. Birding in the Provincetown area is always fantastic, and maybe surprisingly, the dog days of summer are  right up there with the rest of the year. The area is home to summering first cycle Black-legged Kittiwakes, Bonaparte’s Gulls, and Arctic Terns, as well as nearby breeding Common and Roseate Terns, plus transient Royal and Black Terns. The shorebirding isn’t too bad either, and any visit to a Provincetown beach is the equivalent of an onshore pelagic.

I walked a good deal of the beach toward Race Point itself, covering a little over two kilometers. Activity was steady along the entire route, highlighted by the first ‘lagoon’ area, which had a nice concentration of gulls and terns to poke through. Highlights at Race Point included eight Cory’s Shearwater and two Wilson’s Storm-Petrel, all extremely close to shore, Piping Plovers, Black-legged Kittiwakes, Bonaparte’s Gulls, Least, Roseate, and Common Terns, and a nice flock of six Horned Lark (postbreeding individuals?). My main target at Race Point, Royal Tern, remained elusive, but I nevertheless had a great time with the birds there. Photos below (click for sharper views):

Piping Plover, Race Point, MA

Piping Plovers

Piping Plovers

Bonaparte's Gulls

Bonaparte’s Gulls

Least Tern, Race Point, MA

Least Terns

Least Terns

Roseate Tern

Roseate Tern

Common Tern

Common Tern

Great Black-backed Gull

Great Black-backed Gull

Bottling Gray Seals

Bottling Gray Seals

After Race Point, I started heading south toward Orleans, stopping at Moon Pond Meadow in Truro along the way. It was at this location last year that I had enjoyed fantastic looks at both adult and juvenile Virginia Rails right along the roadside.

That experience was not to repeat itself this year, as I had but one briefly calling Virginia Rail at a distance. I surmised that because my visit was a couple of weeks earlier this year, the rails may have not been so bold, as the young may not have fledged. Either that, or they were just enjoying a different portion of the marsh for the day.

Other fun birds at Moon Pond included Green Heron and a nice flock of nine Lesser Yellowlegs.


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3 Responses to 7/12 – P’town and environs

  1. Deanna says:

    Another enjoyable read and great photos to boot! So happy you are back in the groove with your blog. We all have missed it.

  2. Nice to see a post from you and I’m glad you still can get out to bird in spite of the job. How did the Pipers do up there this year?

  3. Betsy says:

    Hi Alex,

    Just read both birding blogs this morning. Sure have missed my birding classes. The photos were amazing!

    The Nuthatches arrived with little ones at the feeder down at the lake this week, Our resident Eagle flies across the lake a couple of times a day. The birding has been good this summer. Hope you can get back again soon.

    Keep the birding news coming!

    Rangeley Hugs,
    Betsy and Bruce

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