Cape Cod Bird Sightings — Tuesday, May 16, 2023

May 9, 2023

Cape Cod Weekly Wildlife Sightings

Cape Cod Weekly Wildlife Sightings is sponsored by the Bird Watchers General Store in Orleans and Mass Audubon's Wellfleet Bay Wildlife Sanctuary. The following sightings were reported between May 10 and May 16, 2023.

A Curlew Sandpiper was found in Nauset Marsh in Eastham on the 16th, and a Swainson’s Warbler was banded at Wellfleet Bay sanctuary on the 12th.

A Swallow-tailed Kite was reported from both Mashpee and Falmouth on the 12th and 13th, and a Mississippi Kite was seen in Barnstable on the 13th.

Mass Audubon’s Bird-a-thon fundraiser was held Friday and Saturday and produced many good sightings across the Cape:

Highlights from the Beech Forest in Provincetown included a Sandhill Crane, a Yellow-throated Warbler, and 3 Black Vultures.

Birds at Race Point in Provincetown included 2 Thick-billed Murres, 2 Common Murres, a Razorbill, a Northern Fulmar, a Caspian Tern, a Little Gull, 7 Iceland Gulls, 800 Bonaparte’s Gulls, 7 Manx Shearwaters, a Wilson’s Storm-Petrel, and 5 American Pipits.

Birds at Monomoy NWR included 2 Blue-winged Teal, 8 Northern Shovelers, 5 Northern Pintail, 16 Ruddy Ducks, 10 Ring-necked Ducks, 9 American Oystercatchers, an American Bittern, a Tricolored Heron, a Glossy Ibis, 3 Pied-billed Grebes, 3 American Coot, and an American Pipit.

Other sightings around the Cape included 2 Common Nighthawks, a Chuck-will’s-widow, and 5 Worm-eating Warblers in Falmouth; Blue Grosbeaks in Falmouth and Dennis; a Wilson’s Phalarope and a Seaside Sparrow at Sandy Neck; single Prothonotary Warblers in Mashpee, Wellfleet Bay sanctuary, and Brewster; a Tricolored, Heron, a Little Blue Heron, and Cattle Egret at Fort Hill in Eastham; single Summer Tanagers in Eastham and Provincetown, an Evening Grosbeak in North Truro; and a Pomarine Jaeger at Stellwagen Bank.

If you have questions about these sightings, or want to report a sighting, call the Wellfleet Bay Wildlife Sanctuary at 508-349-2615 or send e-mail to [email protected]