The Cape Cod flamingo may now be on Long Island – NBC New York

It appears the flamingo that caused a stir in Massachusetts has flown over the Cape and may now be on Long Island, an expert said.

The flamingo was spotted by at least two people on Cape Cod, including in the bayside town of Dennis, but no further sightings have been made in the area, according to Mark Faherty, science coordinator for Mass Audubon Cape Cod.

“It looks like it’s back on Long Island,” he told NBC10 Boston on Friday.

There have been recent sightings on Long Island about a week after a flamingo was spotted there, Faherty said, but this time about 60 miles closer to New York City. According to Cornell University’s eBird app, a flamingo was sighted Wednesday by people near Cedar Beach Marina, where bird watchers record the animals they see.

This means that the flamingo – if it is the same – continues to enjoy popular holiday destinations. The first sighting in New York was first seen in Easthampton, part of New York’s Tony Hamptons community, and the new location is close to Fire Island in New York.

Faherty noted that he measured the distance from Easthampton to Dennis at 110 miles, “which is nothing for a big bird.”

Images of the bird on a Cape Cod beach circulated on social media the first weekend of June and were shared with NBC10 Boston on Tuesday. The bird can be seen wading in the water off the coast.

If the flamingo turns out to be in the wild, it would be the first American flamingo to ever visit the Bay State on its own, Faherty said.

A flamingo spotted on Cape Cod in the spring of 2024.
A flamingo spotted on Cape Cod in the spring of 2024.

American flamingos typically stick around Florida and point south, and sightings outside Florida are usually linked to captivity escapes or hurricanes — a hurricane in September dispersed some of them and the birds have been spotted in strange new places, such as Wisconsin and Ohio. .

“The idea is that it’s just a bird that was driven away by the hurricane and doesn’t know where it lives anymore,” he told NBC10 Boston earlier this week.

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