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    Bird sightings on Cape Cod

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

    A Western kingbird was found in a cranberry bog in West Yarmouth.

    In Provincetown, a nice mix of seabird and landbird migrants included 3 species of shearwater, 14 black-crowned night-herons, 8 pectoral sandpipers, a black tern, 12 roseate terns, a pomarine jaeger, 56 parasitic jaegers, a yellow-bellied sapsucker, an Eastern wood-pewee, 3 blue-gray gnatcatchers, a wood thrush, a yellow-breasted chat, 2 clay-colored sparrows, a Lincoln’s sparrow, a blue grosbeak, a dickcissel, and 4 rusty blackbirds.

    From High Head in Truro birders noted 4 species of shearwater, 2 Virginia rails, 2 Wilson’s snipe, a Forster’s tern, a merlin, a least flycatcher, a warbling vireo, 2 clay-colored sparrows, a Lincoln’s sparrow, a bobolink, and a purple finch.


    Birds seen at Fort Hill in Eastham included 60 great blue herons, 10 great egrets, 310 greater yellowlegs, 5 short-billed dowitchers, 3 marsh wrens, 2 seaside sparrows, and 2 pine siskins.

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    At Wellfleet Bay Wildlife Sanctuary, new migrants this week included an American golden-plover, a black skimmer, a brown thrasher, a yellow-bellied sapsucker, a blue-headed vireo, 2 brown creepers, a rose-breasted grosbeak, a bay-breasted warbler, 3 white-throated sparrows, and several pine siskins.

    At Chapin Beach in Dennis an astounding 155 Forster’s terns was counted, along with 18 red knots, 15 short-billed dowitchers, an American kestrel, and a peregrine falcon.

    Other sightings around the Cape included 14 black skimmers at Sandy Neck in Barnstable, flocks of pine siskins in Brewster, Eastham, Cotuit, and West Barnstable, a blue grosbeak in the Brewster Community Gardens and another in Eastham, 2 American coots at Herring Pond in Eastham plus a common gallinule found dead nearby at Great Pond, and a blackburnian warbler in Bourne.

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