Bird Sightings

Bird sightings on Cape Cod

Recent bird sightings on Cape Cod (as of April 4) as reported to the Massachusetts Audubon Society.

A pair of peregrine falcons is once again looking to nest under the Sagamore Bridge, where they were recently spotted.

Thirteen black-crowned night-herons are back at West Harwich Conservation Area, where 30 green-winged teal, 48 double-crested cormorants, 5 great blue herons, 4 osprey, 19 greater yellowlegs, a killdeer, 8 Wilson’s snipe, 1 long-billed dowitcher, a Virginia rail, 2 pine warblers, and 2 rusty blackbirds were noted.

At Crane Wildlife Management Area in Falmouth there were 2 killdeer, an American kestrel, 8 field sparrows, 7 Eastern bluebirds, and 3 tree swallows.


Two wood ducks were sited in the Mashpee River Woodlands, along with 14 green-winged teal, 10 ring-necked ducks, 7 osprey, 3 Virginia rails, a hermit thrush, 15 pine warblers, 2 chipping sparrows, and 5 swamp sparrows tallied.

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An early cliff swallow was seen among 26 tree swallows at Willow Bend Golf Course in Mashpee, where a red-shouldered hawk, 3 osprey, 4 Eastern phoebes, 3 Eastern bluebirds, 4 pine warblers, and 2 chipping sparrows were also noted.

Other sightings around the Cape included a common raven at the Sandwich marina, 3 red-shouldered hawks in Centerville, 30 American oystercatchers at Tern Island in Chatham, a marsh wren in Harwich, 8 laughing gulls and 2 long-tailed ducks in Wellfleet Harbor, 12 Northern shovelers in the Herring River in Wellfleet, and 5 harlequin ducks in Provincetown Harbor.

For more information about bird sightings or to report sightings, call the Massachusetts Audubon Society at 781-259-8805 or go to