Bird Sightings

Bird sightings on Cape Cod

Recent bird sightings on Cape Cod (as of Oct. 16) as reported to the Massachusetts Audubon Society.

A Northern wheatear was found at Skaket Beach in Orleans . This highly migratory songbird travels between arctic Canada and Africa by way of Europe each fall, but is rarely seen in the lower 48 states.

A nice variety of fall migrants noted in the vicinity of Chatham Lighthouse included 9 green-winged teal, 150 surf scoters, 1,200 white-winged scoters, 25 black scoters, 18 common loons, 2 Manx shearwaters, 2 sharp-shinned hawks, 85 common terns, a parasitic jaeger, an Eastern screech owl, a yellow-bellied sapsucker, 14 Northern flickers, a white-eyed vireo, a warbling vireo, 100 blue jays, 41 red-breasted nuthatches, 5 ruby-crowned kinglets, 6 American pipits, 57 yellow-rumped warblers, a Lincoln’s sparrow, a dickcissel, 2 bobolinks, an Eastern meadowlark, 2 rusty blackbirds, 3 Baltimore orioles, and 92 pine siskins.

In the High Head area of Truro, birders reported 3 greater scaup, a Northern harrier, a red-shouldered hawk, a killdeer, a white-rumped sandpiper, 100 cedar waxwings, an orange-crowned warbler, 3 white-crowned sparrows, a purple finch, and 47 pine siskins.


Birds in Provincetown included 2 Cory’s shearwaters, 75 Northern gannets, 350 sanderlings, a Bonaparte’s gull, 30 laughing gulls, 200 common terns, a Forster’s tern, 10 parasitic jaegers, and a long-tailed jaeger.

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On Nauset Beach in Orleans there was a green-winged teal, 2 red-throated loons, 4 Northern harriers, a merlin, a late piping plover, a pectoral sandpiper, 20 common terns, 4 yellow-bellied sapsuckers, a least flycatcher, 15 ruby-crowned kinglets, a brown thrasher, a prairie warbler, and a yellow-breasted chat.

Birds seen around Barnstable included a yellow-bellied sapsucker, a Northern parula, a yellow-breasted chat, an indigo bunting, a vesper sparrow, 2 clay-colored sparrows, 7 pine siskins, and a red crossbill.

Birds at Fort Hill in Eastham included a Western willet, 2 short-billed dowitchers, over 200 greater yellowlegs, 12 Forster’s terns, and a yellow-breasted chat.

Red-breasted nuthatches, pine siskins, and to a lesser extent purple finches continue to move through the area in numbers not seen for many years.

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