Bird Sightings

Bird sightings on Cape Cod

Recent bird sightings on Cape Cod (as of Nov. 7) as reported to the Massachusetts Audubon Society.

Lots of pelicans have been turning up on the Cape since Sandy passed, including individual brown pelicans in Chatham, Harwich, Brewster, Truro, and Provincetown, plus an American white pelican found at Wellfleet Bay sanctuary.

Other birds at Wellfleet sanctuary include a scissor-tailed flycatcher, 600 brant, 20 wood ducks, 62 greater yellowlegs, 2 great horned owls, a Cape May warbler, a Nashville warbler, 2 indigo buntings, an American tree sparrow, and 45 white-winged crossbills.

An Audubon’s yellow-rumped warbler, the rare Western subspecies, was seen at High Head in Truro on Nov. 4, along with 15 evening grosbeaks, 15 white-winged crossbills, and 30 pine siskins.


Birds at Morris Island in Chatham included a Northern parula, a yellow-breasted chat,
11 red crossbills, 26 white-winged crossbills, and 40 pine siskins.

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A trip down Nauset and North Beaches in Orleans and Chatham produced a Cory’s shearwater, 4 Manx shearwaters, 24 red knots, an Iceland gull, 75 black-legged kittiwakes,
4 pomarine jaegers, a blue-headed vireo, an ovenbird, and a yellow-breasted chat.

Two Western kingbirds continue at Fort Hill in Eastham, and 3 cave swallows were seen in Hyannis Harbor along with an American oystercatcher and 3 ruddy turnstones.

Other sightings around the Cape included 20 evening grosbeaks in Sandwich, a blue-headed vireo in Woods Hole, a snowy egret in Falmouth, 25 snow buntings and 25 horned larks at Kalmus Beach in Hyannis, a brown thrasher and 2 ruffed grouse in Barnstable,
3 indigo buntings, a Lincoln’s sparrow, and a clay-colored sparrow at Brewster Community gardens, a yellow-breasted chat on Morris Island in Chatham, 5 lesser yellowlegs and
5 pectoral sandpipers at Beech Forest in Provincetown, and cattle egrets at several locations.

Be on the lookout for dovekies in strange places. A large flight of this small, penguin-esque seabird began during the nor’easter, conditions which can strand them inland at locations from which they are unable to take off.

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