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    Bird Sightings

    Bird sightings on Cape Cod

    Recent bird sightings on Cape Cod (as of Dec. 24) as reported to the Massachusetts Audubon Society.

    Highlights from the Mid-Cape Cod Christmas Bird Count — which covered towns from Sandwich to Dennis — included an ovenbird, a Lincoln’s sparrow, a black-headed gull, a snow goose, more than 40 dovekies, at least 3 Eastern phoebes, and 3 evening grosbeaks. Nearly ideal owling conditions produced six species of owls including barred, long-eared, short-eared, and more than 20 Northern saw-whet owls.

    The offshore Stellwagen Christmas Bird Count included sightings of 2 Atlantic puffins, 13 dovekies, 109 common murres, 26 razorbills, 141 black-legged kittiwakes, and 2 Iceland gulls.


    A Pacific loon was at Race Point in Provincetown, where other sightings included 13 dovekies, 7 common murres, 240 razorbills, a black-bellied plover, 225 sanderlings, 320 dunlin, 48 black-legged kittiwakes, 10 Iceland gulls, 2 common ravens, and 48 snow buntings.

    Other sightings around the Cape included a house wren in Falmouth; a great egret, 2 redheads, and 4 canvasbacks in Eastham; and a red crossbill in Brewster.

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