Bird Sightings

Bird sightings on Cape Cod

Recent bird sightings on Cape Cod (as of
Dec. 12) as reported to the Massachusetts Audubon Society.

The little egret continued in Hyannis at Kalmus and also Ocean Avenue Beach, along with late lingering snowy and great egrets. Black-headed and lesser black-backed gulls were also noted in the area.

Amazing and unprecedented numbers of white-winged crossbills have been noted in Wellfleet. An estimated 400 white-winged crossbills were in South Wellfleet, concentrated along Route 6. There were smaller numbers of red crossbills mixed in. Flocks of 75 and 175 common redpolls were also noted in Wellfleet.

In addition to the many winter finches in and near the Marconi area in Wellfleet, a blue-headed vireo, a black-throated green warbler, 18 pine warblers, and 7 palm warblers were also noted.


Rare and out-of-season hummingbirds continue at private yards around the region, including ruby-throated hummingbirds in Falmouth and Orleans and a rufous hummingbird in Orleans.

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Highlights from the Wellfleet Harbor area included a continuing common murre, numerous razorbills, a dovekie, a peregrine falcon, 4 pine warblers, a late Lincoln’s sparrow in a private yard, and 42 red crossbills along Chequessett Neck Road.

In Provincetown a Pacific loon, a Barrow’s goldeneye, and five species of alcids – common murre, thick-billed murre, razorbill, dovekie, and black guillemot — were reported between the harbor and Race Point.

Birds noted in Falmouth included 4 redheads at Little Pond, a killdeer, 8 gray catbirds, a brown thrasher, a yellow palm warbler, 3 yellow-breasted chats, 3 fox sparrows, a white-crowned sparrow, and a red crossbill.

Other sightings around the Cape included a Eurasian wigeon, a blue-winged teal, and 3 northern shovelers in Marstons Mills, 35 common redpolls and 2 Ipswich savannah sparrows at Seagull Beach in Yarmouth, an American oystercatcher at West Dennis Beach, a rusty blackbird at Wellfleet Bay sanctuary and a blue-headed vireo and a brown thrasher elsewhere in Wellfleet.

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