Rarities

RARITIES

Cape Cod, due in large part to its location and geography, attracts a wide range of vagrant birds from all corners of the globe. The links below provide photos and other documentation for some of the avian waifs that have appeared here in recent years.

Two (or more) Pacific Loons – Provincetown, February & November 2004

Brown Pelicans in Harwich and Brewster in November 2012, following super storm Sandy.

Eurasian Kestrel – Chatham, April 2002

Purple Gallinule – East Orleans, August 2006

American Avocet – Eastham, August 2002

Common Ringed Plover – South Beach, Chatham, September 2010

Little Stint – South Beach, Chatham, July 2005

Two more Little Stints – South Beach, Chatham, July and September 2012

Red-necked Stint – South Beach, Chatham, August 2002

Red-necked Stint – South Beach & North Monomoy, Chatham, July & August 2003

Red-necked Stint – South Beach, Chatham, June 2010

An atypical American(?) Golden-Plover – South Beach, Chatham, May 2005

Two Bar-tailed Godwits – North Monomoy & South Beach, Chatham, May & June 2004

Bar-tailed Godwit – South Beach, Chatham, June – August 2012

A juvenile Dunlin – Eastham, 23 October 2004 (an unusually late date for this plumage)

An over-wintering Short-billed Dowitcher – Harwich, December 2011 – March 2012; the first confirmed over-wintering of this species in New England.

A late possible eastern Willet, East Orleans, 24 December 2006.

Franklin’s Gull – Wellfleet, November 2005

Slaty-backed Gull – Wellfleet, January 2012

Black-tailed Gull – Provincetown, November 2008

Ivory Gull – Provincetown, January 2010

Elegant Tern – South Beach, Chatham, August 2002

Pomarine Jaeger – Osterville, May 2004 (not a vagrant, but very rare sitting on the beach, especially in spring!)

Calliope Hummingbird – Eastham, December 2002 (first state record)

Rufous Hummingbird – Sandwich, October 2003

Rufous Hummingbird – Dennis, November 2006

Scissor-tailed Flycatcher – Truro, November 2006

Scissor-tailed Flycatcher – Truro, November 2007

Townsend’s Solitaire – Truro, November 2005

Bohemian Waxwings – Truro, January & March 2004

“Audubon’s” Warbler – Truro, November 2012

Cassins’s Sparrow – Truro, May 2011

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