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Wellfleet Bay Wildlife Sanctuary, Wellfleet

Cape Cod Bird Sightings — Tuesday, August 15, 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 August 9 and August 15, 2023.

The state’s first ever Lesser Sand-Plover was discovered at South Cape Beach in Mashpee on Monday and continued into at least Tuesday.

Swallow-tailed Kites have been reported several times since the 9th in Marstons Mills, Osterville, and Cotuit.

An American Avocet was found at Woodneck Beach in Falmouth this week.

Reports from surveys of remote parts of Monomoy National Wildlife Refuge this week included 3 Blue-winged Teal, 3 Northern Shovelers, 20 Gadwall, a Northern Pintail, 7 Ruddy Ducks, 5 Pied-billed Grebes, a Virginia Rail, 8 American Coot, an American Golden-Plover, 7 Hudsonian Godwits, a Wilson’s Phalarope, and a Little Blue Heron.

Other sightings around the Cape included a White-eyed Vireo in Woods Hole, at least 2 Blue Grosbeaks at Crane WMA in Falmouth, a Hooded Merganser Barnstable, a Black-headed Gull at Crowe’s Pasture in Dennis, a Seaside Sparrow at Wellfleet Bay sanctuary, and a Dickcissel elsewhere in Wellfleet.

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].