Bird Sightings

Bird sightings on Cape Cod

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

A research cruise from Scituate to Stellwagen Bank produced a Sabine’s gull, 6 pomarine jaegers, 22 common murres, 3 black guillemots, 35 great shearwaters, 3 sooty shearwaters, 104 black-legged kittiwakes, and an Iceland gull.

A Pacific Loon was at Race Point, along with 400 red-breasted mergansers, 14 red-necked grebes, a parasitic jaeger, 220 razorbills, a dovekie, 2 black guillemots, 15 common murres, 7 Iceland gulls, 2 hybrid herring, a sooty shearwater, 9 great shearwaters, and 35 snow buntings.


Birds at Wellfleet Bay sanctuary included a white-eyed vireo, 2 semipalmated plovers, 2 black-bellied plovers, 400 razorbills, 260 black-legged kittiwakes, a Northern saw-whet owl, 2 gray catbirds, 2 fox sparrows, 3 field sparrows, an American tree sparrow, a pine siskin, and 60 snow buntings.

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Two redheads continued in Herring Pond in Eastham, along with an American coot, 5 American wigeon, a gadwall, 13 ring-necked ducks, and 45 ruddy ducks.

Other sightings included a dickcissel in East Falmouth; a blackpoll warbler at Nye Pond in Sandwich; a sora in Barnstable; a barn swallow in Yarmouth; a black-headed gull in Hyannis; an osprey in Chatham; 5 evening grosbeaks in Brewster plus 17 more in North Truro; and a dickcissel and 20 pine siskins in Wellfleet.

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