Bird Sightings

Bird sightings on Cape Cod

Recent bird sightings on Cape Cod (as of Dec. 26) as reported to the Massachusetts Audubon Society.

The wandering little egret was rediscovered near Squaw Island in Hyannis during the Mid-Cape Christmas bird Count. Then it had moved to Buck’s Creek near Ridgevale Beach in Chatham and later Forest Beach in Chatham.

Other highlights among the record total of over 140 species found on the Mid-Cape Christmas Count, which spans from Sandwich to Dennis, included Eurasian wigeon, blue-winged teal, great egret, black guillemot, thick-billed murre, clapper rail, sora, western sandpiper, semipalmated plover, purple sandpiper, ruddy turnstone, American woodcock, black-headed gull, Iceland gull, long-eared owl, barred owl, rough-legged hawk, over 30,000 American robins leaving a dawn roost, a very late Wilson’s warbler, Nelson’s sparrow, several red crossbill, and hoary redpoll.

A trip down Nauset Beach in Orleans produced 2 American bitterns, a short-eared owl, a peregrine falcon, 50 horned larks, and an eastern meadowlark.


A Pacific loon, 5 red-necked grebes, 3 common murres, a black guillemot, several razorbills, 4 Iceland gulls, and a glaucous gull were noted at Race Point in Provincetown.

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Other sightings around the Cape include a bald eagle, a Wilson’s snipe, and a killdeer at Elbow Pond in Brewster, a rufous hummingbird at a private yard in Wellfleet, a continuing ruby-throated hummingbird in East Orleans, a northern saw-whet owl and both red and white-winged crossbills near Long Pond in Wellfleet, and 2 fox sparrows and an orange-crowned warbler in Provincetown.

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