Bird Sightings

Bird sightings on Cape Cod

Bird sightings on Cape Cod (as of Jan. 9) as reported to the Massachusetts Audubon Society.

A short-eared owl was seen hunting at dusk at Fort Hill in Eastham. Another continues to be seen a Nauset Beach in Orleans.

Highlights from the 16th annual Truro Christmas Bird Count, which spans from Pilgrim Lake in Truro to Lieutenant Island in Wellfleet, included a lark sparrow, a rufous hummingbird, a Lincoln’s sparrow, 2 great egrets, a glaucous gull, 2 thick-billed murres, a dovekie, 2 black guillemots, 2 Wilson’s snipe, 4 northern saw-whet owls, 3 eastern phoebes, 4 fox sparrows, 9 purple finches, and both red and white-winged crossbills.

Some nice ducks continue at Herring Pond in Eastham, including a redhead, 200 ruddy ducks, 180 American coot, ring-necked ducks, and both greater and lesser scaup.


At Mill Pond in Marstons Mills, the continuing good ducks include 3 northern shovelers, 3 blue-winged teal, a Eurasian wigeon, and a wood duck.

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A mixed-species evening roost near Craigville Beach in Centerville included 2 rusty blackbirds, 98 red-winged blackbirds, 424 common grackles, and 8,000 American robins. Five Cooper’s hawks and a peregrine falcon were hunting the massive songbird flocks.

Birds noted around Barnstable Great Marsh included a winter wren, 2 marsh wrens, 4 American pipits, a pine warbler, a yellow-breasted chat, 2 Nelson’s sparrows, a seaside sparrow, 2 fox sparrows, 6 eastern meadowlarks, a common grackle, and 11 red crossbills.

Other highlights around the Cape included a ruffed grouse in Falmouth, a Lapland longspur and an Iceland gull in Centerville, a continuing black-headed gull at Ocean Avenue Beach in Hyannis, a harlequin duck at Nauset Beach in Orleans, 3 northern shovelers, and a Wilson’s snipe at Town Cove in Orleans, an orange-crowned warbler at a feeder in Eastham, 2 pine warblers at Marconi headquarters in Wellfleet, 55 horned larks and 2 pine siskins at Lieutenant Island in Wellfleet, a northern shrike and a marsh wren at High Head in Truro, a dovekie and a thick-billed murre at Head of the Meadow in Truro, and a common murre, a thick-billed murre, and 6 black-bellied plovers at Race Point in Provincetown.

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