Bird Sightings

Bird sightings on Cape Cod

Recent bird sightings on Cape Cod (as of
Aug. 13) as reported to the Massachusetts
Audubon Society.

A whale watch to waters northeast of Provincetown produced 3,500 Cory’s shearwaters, 40 great shearwaters, 25 sooty shearwaters, 25 Manx shearwaters, a Wilson’s storm-petrel, a pomarine jaeger, and 2 parasitic jaegers.

Birds noted from a land-based watch at Race Point in Provincetown included 1,600 Cory’s shearwaters, 38 great shearwaters, 35 sooty shearwaters, 20 Manx shearwaters, 6 whimbrel, 3 parasitic jaegers, 1 pomarine jaeger, and 2 Forster’s terns.


Among the 90-plus species tallied at Morris Island and the North Monomoy flats in Chatham  were 31 black scoters, a long-tailed duck, 6 black-crowned night-herons, 2 glossy ibis, 149 snowy egrets, 51 great egrets, 1,000 black-bellied plovers, 250 semipalmated plovers, a pectoral sandpiper, 1,500 semipalmated sandpipers, 1,700 short-billed dowitchers, a marbled godwit, a western willet, 43 red knots, a peregrine falcon, 2 northern waterthrushes, a blue-winged warbler, a Canada warbler, 7 saltmarsh sparrows, and a seaside sparrow.

Other sightings around the peninsula included an upland sandpiper and a lesser black-backed gull at Chapin Beach in Dennis, a black-headed gull and a little gull at Tern Island in Chatham, an American bittern at Harding’s Beach in Chatham, 2 hooded mergansers, a yellow-crowned night-heron and 11 whimbrel at Wellfleet Bay sanctuary, a least bittern and 6 clapper rails at the Herring River in Wellfleet, 3 lesser black-backed gulls at Head of the Meadow Beach in Truro, and a Louisiana waterthrush and 4 northern waterthrushes at Beech Forest in Provincetown.

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