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Bird sightings on Cape Cod

Recent bird sightings on Cape Cod (as of April 17) as reported to the Massachusetts Audubon Society.

Pacific loon was at Herring Cove in Provincetown once again.

Some early shearwaters were noted, including a Manx shearwater in Wellfleet, 2 sooty shearwaters off First Encounter in Eastham, and another sooty shearwater off Race Point in Provincetown.


Other birds noted from First Encounter in Eastham during strong northwest winds included 245 dunlin, 16 black-legged kittiwakes, 262 Bonaparte’s gulls, 4 little gulls, a lesser black-backed gull, 2 glaucous gulls, 57 common murres, 2 thick-billed murres, 532 razorbills, and an Atlantic puffin.

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A half day of birding around Truro tallied a northern harrier, 2 broad-winged hawks, 13 eastern phoebes, 70 red-breasted nuthatches, 43 golden-crowned kinglets, 2 ruby-crowned kinglets, 2 brown thrashers, 44 pine warblers, 10 white-winged crossbills, and 16 red crossbills.

Mass. Audubon’s hawk watch at Pilgrim Heights in Truro is underway on days with favorable south winds. This week’s sightings included 15 American kestrels, 7 merlins, a red-shouldered hawk, 5 locally nesting northern harriers, plus an American bittern, and an Iceland gull .

Other sightings around the Cape included a ruffed grouse at Long Pond in Falmouth, an early rose-breasted grosbeak elsewhere in Falmouthh, a dovekie, and 5 harlequin ducks at Corporation Beach in Dennis, 2 northern bobwhites in Harwich, snowy egrets at Cockle Cove in Chatham, a yellow-crowned night-heron in Nauset Marsh in Eastham, and 2 black vultures by the Provincetown dump.

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