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Wellfleet Bay Wildlife Sanctuary, Wellfleet

Cape Cod Bird Sightings — Tuesday, August 1, 2023

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 July 26 and August 1, 2023.

The Mountain Plover discovered at Craigville Beach/Long Beach in Barnstable was last seen on the 25th.

A Least Bittern and an American Bittern were at High Head in Truro this week.

Sightings at Race Point in Provincetown included 3 Whimbrel, 2 Parasitic Jaegers, 200 Least Terns, 200 Roseate Terns, a Black Tern, a Black Skimmer, 14 Wilson’s Storm-Petrels, 9 Cory’s Shearwaters, 7 Great Shearwaters, 2 Manx Shearwaters, and a Bald Eagle.

Sightings from First Encounter Beach in Eastham on the 30th included 41 Whimbrel, 400 Semipalmated Sandpipers, 50 Short-billed Dowitchers, 26 Cory’s Shearwaters, 2 Manx Shearwaters, and a Bald Eagle.

Birds at Mass Audubon’s Wellfleet Bay sanctuary included 2 Northern Pintail, 6 Whimbrels, 3 Forster’s Terns, a Cory’s Shearwater, a Clapper Rail, and 20 Purple Martins.

Other sightings around the Cape included at least 2 Blue Grosbeaks and a Bobolink at Crane WMA in Falmouth, a Hooded Merganser and a Little Blue Heron in Barnstable, 3 Cliff Swallows in Dennis, a Black-headed Gull in Brewster, and another Little Blue Heron at Forest Beach in Chatham.

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].