Bird Sightings

Bird sightings on Cape Cod

Recent bird sightings on Cape Cod (as of
July 3) as reported to the Massachusetts Audubon Society.

Two royal terns were seen in Provincetown Harbor.

South Beach in Chatham continues to be the go-to spot for uncommon coastal birds, including a Sandwich tern. Also seen were a black scoter, 2 red-throated loons, a Northern harrier, a clapper rail, 37 piping plovers, 7 American oystercatchers, a clapper rail, 5 Hudsonian godwits, a marbled godwit, the continuing bar-tailed godwit, 3 Western willets, 280 red knots, 140 short-billed dowitchers, a Wilson’s phalarope, 17 roseate terns, and a black skimmer.

Birds seen on North Monomoy Island in Chatham included 3 brant, 2 great egrets, 2 snowy egrets, 2 black-crowned night-herons,
6 American oystercatchers, a marbled godwit, and 8 saltmarsh sparrows.


A pelagic birding trip out of Chatham produced 54 Cory’s shearwaters, 500 great shearwaters, 600 sooty shearwaters, 24 Manx shearwaters, 800 Wilson’s storm-petrels, 3 Northern gannets, and a parasitic jaeger.

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At Herring Cove Beach in Provincetown 45 Wilson’s storm-petrels, 12 roseate terns, and an Arctic tern were seen.

Other sightings included a Leach’s storm-petrel in the middle of Cape Cod Bay, a willow flycatcher at Kalmus Beach in Hyannis, a black vulture in North Truro, and a spotted sandpiper at Long Pond in Wellfleet.

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