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Wellfleet Bay Wildlife Sanctuary, Wellfleet

Cape Cod Bird Sightings — Tuesday, December 12, 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 December 6 and December 12, 2023.

A likely Rufous or Allen’s Hummingbird continued in a yard in Wellfleet on the 5th.

Sightings at Race Point in Provincetown this week included a King Eider, 2 Harlequin Ducks, 1575 Long-tailed Ducks, 1719 Red-breasted Mergansers, a Pomarine Jaeger, 1600 Razorbills, 39 Dovekies, 2 Pacific Loons, 6 Thick-billed Murres, 66 Common Murres, a Black Guillemot, 32 Black-legged Kittiwakes, 5 Iceland Gulls, a Great Shearwater, and 350 Northern Gannets.

A survey of North Monomoy island in Chatham this week turned up 250 Long-tailed Ducks, an American Oystercatcher, 4 Piping Plovers, 2 Semipalmated Plovers, 5 Marbled Godwits, 360 Sanderlings, 640 Dunlin, and 90 Red Knots.

Other sightings around the Cape included single Eastern Phoebes in Falmouth and Wellfleet, 3 Great Egrets and a Tree Swallow at Sandy Neck in Barnstable, a Nashville Warbler at Long Pasture sanctuary in Cummaquid, a Black-headed Gull at Craigville Beach, an Indigo Bunting in Orleans, 3 Western Willets at Forest Beach in Chatham, and a Painted Bunting continuing elsewhere in Chatham through last Friday.

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].