Bird Sightings

Bird sightings on Cape Cod

Recent bird sightings on Cape Cod (as of
Dec. 5) as reported to the Massachusetts
Audubon Society.

A very rare little egret, a European cousin to our more familiar snowy egret, has been seen by Kalmus Beach in Hyannis. Both great and snowy egrets, each rare for December, are also in the area. Two black-headed gulls and a laughing gull have also been seen at Kalmus and also Ocean Avenue Beach.

A Pacific loon was seen in Wellfleet Harbor. Other sightings in the harbor include two common murres, 300 razorbills, 24 ruddy turnstones, and 17 white-winged crossbills.

Provincetown Harbor has been hosting a thick-billed murre, a black guillemot, razorbills, and 2 harlequin ducks.


Noted at Herring Pond in Eastham were 165 American coot, 10 American wigeon, 2 gadwall, 6 lesser scaup, and 42 white-winged crossbills.

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At Mill Pond in Marstons Mills there was a Eurasian wigeon, 2 northern shovelers, 2 green-winged teal, and 2 blue-winged teal.

Other sightings around the Cape included a common raven at the canal in Sandwich, a killdeer at Elbow Pond in Brewster, 2 harlequin ducks at Nauset Beach in Orleans, 96 green-winged teal at Barley Neck in Orleans, a yellow-bellied sapsucker in Eastham, a black-throated green warbler and a yellow palm warbler at Marconi in Wellfleet, a northern pintail at Slough Pond in Wellfleet, 150 greater scaup and 25 common goldeneye at Pilgrim Lake in Truro, and red crossbill reports from Falmouth, Mashpee, Brewster, Eastham, and Provincetown.

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