Bird sightings on Cape Cod

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

Hurricane Jose brought a few storm-blown birds, including the following impressive list from Race Point in Provincetown: a Franklin’s gull, a Sandwich tern, 3 south polar skuas, 294 Northern fulmar, 650 Cory’s shearwaters, 8,000 great shearwaters, 90 sooty shearwaters, 80 Manx shearwaters, 8 Leach’s storm-petrels, 47 red-necked phalaropes, 52 pomarine jaegers, 82 parasitic jaegers, 3 long-tailed jaegers, a common murre, 27 black-legged kittiwakes, 2 Sabine’s gulls, a little gull, 122 Forster’s terns, 2,000 common terns, 108 roseate terns, and a late least tern.

The storm brought several reports of Leach’s storm-petrels and red-necked phalaropes at north-facing Cape Cod Bay beaches between Sandwich and Dennis, and many hundreds of Cory’s shearwaters and Northern gannets to beaches from Brewster to Eastham.


Birds reported from Morris Island in Chatham included 2 black skimmers, a yellow-bellied flycatcher, 2 golden-crowned kinglets, and 13 species of warbler including orange-crowned, Nashville, and bay-breasted.

Other birds around the Cape included an Acadian flycatcher and 3 Philadelphia vireos banded at Wing Island in Brewster, 9 marbled godwits and 1 Hudsonian godwit at Minimoy Island in Chatham, and a black-headed gull at High Head in North Truro and another at Herring Cove in Provincetown.

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