Bird sightings

Bird sightings on Cape Cod

Recent bird sightings on Cape Cod (as of Sept. 4) as reported to the Massachusetts Audubon Society.

A black-necked stilt was seen at Wellfleet Bay Wildlife Sanctuary.

Another common ringed plover was found in Chatham in a large high tide shorebird roost on South Beach. Other birds at South Beach included 1,700 semipalmated plovers, 400 red knots, 2,500 sanderlings, a dunlin, 15 white-rumped sandpipers, 1,000 semipalmated sandpipers, 5 lesser black-backed gulls, and small numbers of great, sooty, and Manx shearwaters.


Reports from South Monomoy in Chatham included 16 blue-winged teal, 9 Northern shoveler, 56 gadwall, 4 American wigeon, 13 Northern pintail, 18 green-winged teal, 7 ring-necked ducks, 3 ruddy ducks, 2 pied-billed grebes, 2 common gallinules, 2 whimbrel, 8 Hudsonian godwit, a marbled godwit, a stilt sandpiper, 150 red knots, a pectoral sandpiper, 2 Western willets, 5 parasitic jaegers, 40 roseate terns, 500 common terns, a Forster’s tern, 6 Cory’s shearwaters, 67 great Shearwaters, 225 sooty Shearwaters, 18 Manx shearwaters, a snowy owl, a warbling vireo, and 2 Cape May warblers.

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Race Point in Provincetown produced 3 red-necked phalaropes, a whimbrel, 1,200 sanderlings, 8 parasitic jaegers, a black guillemot, 7 lesser black-backed gulls, a black tern, 1,600 common terns, 40 roseate terns, and 14 Cory’s, 1 great, and 36 Manx shearwaters.

Other sightings around the Cape included a blue grosbeak at Crane WMA in Falmouth, 3 Eastern whip-poor-wills in Forestdale, a continuing snow goose in Hyannis, a sora and a seaside sparrow in Eastham, and a hooded warbler in South Wellfleet.

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