Cape Cod Bird Sightings — Tuesday, May 23, 2023

May 23, 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 17 and May 23, 2023.

A Swallow-tailed Kite was photographed at Bearberry Hill in Truro, where other sightings included a Bald Eagle, 8 Broad-winged Hawks, 2 American Kestrels, and a Merlin.

A Little Gull was in Nauset Marsh in Eastham, along with 40 Black-bellied Plovers, 48 Semipalmated Plovers, 250 Dunlin, 2 White-rumped Sandpipers, 2 White-rumped Sandpipers, 10 Semipalmated Sandpipers, 9 Short-billed Dowitchers, and 200 Bonaparte’s Gulls.

Ship-based surveys on George’s Bank east of Cape Cod this week tallied 12 Atlantic Puffins, 5 Red Phalaropes, and a Common Murre.

Birds at Race Point in Provincetown included a Pacific Loon, a Parasitic Jaeger, a Thick-billed Murre, 155 Bonaparte’s Gulls, 2 Iceland Gulls, a Lesser Black-backed Gull, 1100 Common Terns, 5 Manx Shearwaters, 50 Northern Gannets, and 70 migrating Blue Jays.

Birds at Monomoy NWR this past weekend included an American Wigeon, a Northern Pintail, a Common Gallinule, 8 American Oystercatchers, 2 Red Knots, a Yellow-crowned Night-Heron, and 10 Glossy Ibis.

Other sightings around the Cape included 2 Caspian Terns in Osterville, a Seaside Sparrow and 5 Saltmarsh Sparrows at Sandy Neck in Barnstable, a Bufflehead in South Chatham, 15 Red Crossbills in West Harwich, late Dark-eyed Juncos in Harwich and Wellfleet, a Yellow-crowned Night-Heron in Brewster, a Little Blue Heron in North Truro, and a Pine Siskin in Provincetown.

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]