Bird Sightings

Bird sightings on Cape Cod

Recent bird sightings on Cape Cod (as of May 30) as reported to the Massachusetts Audubon Society.

The prothonotary warbler continues in Pocasset and a very tardy snowy owl continues to linger in the dunes of Provincetown.

An Acadian flycatcher was reported from West Barnstable Conservation Area.

A survey of Otis Air Force Base on May 26 turned up a nice suite of rare and/or declining grassland birds including Northern harrier, American kestrel, upland sandpiper, brown thrasher, clay-colored sparrow, grasshopper sparrow, and Eastern meadowlark.


Reported from Nauset Beach Orleans/North Beach Chatham were a Manx shearwater, a Northern harrier, snowy egret, a great horned owl, a yellow-billed cuckoo, and an alder flycatcher. At North Beach Island in Chatham there was a Northern gannet, 18 piping plovers, 3 red knots, 7 semipalmated sandpipers, a cliff swallow, and a savannah sparrow.

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Among the birds banded recently at the Wing Island banding station in Brewster were Swainson’s thrush, veery, white-eyed vireo, and brown thrasher.

Birds at Wellfleet Bay sanctuary included a clapper rail, 45 ruddy turnstones, a Northern bobwhite, a wood thrush, and 2 saltmarsh sparrows.

Other sightings around the Cape included a willow flycatcher at Fort Hill in Eastham, a ruffed grouse and a wood thrush at Long Pond in Falmouth, a willow flycatcher at Navigation Road in Barnstable, a warbling vireo at Ashumet Holly sanctuary in Falmouth, and 200 ruddy turnstones and 50 least sandpipers at South Beach in Chatham.

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