Bird Sightings

Bird sightings on Cape Cod

Recent bird sightings on Cape Cod (as of Nov. 6) as reported to the Massachusetts Audubon Society.

A cattle egret has been hanging around grassy areas along Route 6 in Eastham, including the Salt Pond Visitor Center and behind Town Hall.

Evening grosbeaks were recorded flying over Eastham and Barnstable, as well as visiting feeders in Brewster and Truro.


Storm-blown seabirds at First Encounter in Eastham included 12 pomarine jaegers, 500 razorbills, 80 black-legged kittiwakes, 800 Cory’s shearwaters, 3 great shearwaters, 1,000 unidentified shearwaters, and 800 Northern gannets.

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An incredible variety of late-lingering migrants at Fort Hill in Eastham included an alder flycatcher, a snowy egret, a red-eyed vireo, 2 Baltimore orioles, and 10 species of warblers including black-throated blue, Wilson’s, Tennessee, magnolia, and Northern parula.

A redhead was discovered at Mill Pond in Marstons Mills, along with 16 wood ducks, 75 American wigeon, and 20 green-winged teal.

Other sightings around the Cape included a green heron in Barnstable, a late chimney swift and blue-gray gnatcatcher in Orleans, a Bohemian waxwing in Eastham, grasshopper sparrows in Brewster and Eastham, and a white-eyed vireo at Wellfleet Bay Wildlife Sanctuary.

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