Bird Sightings

Bird sightings on Cape Cod

Recent bird sightings on Cape Cod (as of April 10) as reported to the Massachusetts Audubon Society.

Pacific loon was seen at Herring Cove Beach in Provincetown.

The yellow-crowned night-heron and 2 common ravens continue at the east end of the Cape Cod Canal.


Tree swallows and eastern phoebes have returned to the Cape, with a few reports of barn swallows as well.

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Spring migrants noted at Wellfleet Bay sanctuary included a snowy egret, a sharp-shinned hawk, a yellow-bellied sapsucker, an eastern phoebe, 2 killdeer, a purple martin, 2 pine warblers, and a savannah sparrow.

A boat survey of the Stellwagen Bank marine sanctuary produced 3 glaucous gulls, 5 Iceland gulls, an Atlantic puffin, 16 common murres, 3 thick-billed murres, and 10 razorbills.

West Harwich Conservation Area on Bell’s Neck Road continues to host some nice early spring birds, including 9 blue-winged teal, 48 green-winged teal, a black-crowned night-heron, 9 killdeer, 2 pectoral sandpipers, 4 lesser yellowlegs, 22 greater yellowlegs, 9 Wilson’s snipe.

Birds in Falmouth included a Eurasian wigeon and 2 redheads at Mill Pond, an American kestrel and 2 eastern phoebes at Crane WMA, and 2 purple martins at Long Pond.


Other sightings around the Cape included 18 red crossbills in Mashpee, a barn swallow and an American oystercatcher at Cahoon Hollow in Wellfleet, 4 pine siskins plus 20 red and 4 white-winged crossbills near Bound Brook Island in Wellfleet, and a glaucous gull at Corn Hill Beach in Truro.

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