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    Bird Sightings

    Bird sightings on Cape Cod

    Recent bird sightings on Cape Cod (as of Sept. 19) as reported to the Massachusetts Audubon Society.

    Two very rare Western warbler species were found on the Cape, a black-throated gray warbler in Chatham and a MacGillivray’s warbler in Orleans.

    Provincetown sightings included 20,000 great shearwaters with smaller numbers of Cory’s, sooty, and Manx shearwaters, plus a king eider, 2 Caspian terns, a buff-breasted sandpiper, 6 American golden-plovers, 30 parasitic jaegers, 4 pomarine jaegers, a little gull, and 17 lesser black-backed gulls.


    Sightings at South Beach and Monomoy in Chatham included 71 snowy egrets, 9 marbled godwits, a Hudsonian godwit, 500 red knots, 11 American oystercatchers, 1400 sanderlings, 85 dunlin, 27 white-rumped sandpipers, a Western sandpiper, an Arctic tern, and 5 black skimmers.

    Other sightings around the Cape included 2 Caspian terns in Hyannis, a glaucous gull in Chatham, an alder flycatcher and a gray-cheeked thrush banded at Wing Island in Brewster, and 2 Wilson’s phalaropes in Nauset marsh in Eastham plus another at Wellfleet Bay sanctuary.

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