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Wellfleet Bay Wildlife Sanctuary, Wellfleet

Cape Cod Bird Sightings — Tuesday, December 19, 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 13 and December 19, 2023.

An Ash-throated Flycatcher was briefly seen near Uncle Tim’s Bridge in Wellfleet last week.

A Rufous Hummingbird continued as recently as Friday in a private yard Wellfleet.

Highlights from the Cape Cod Christmas Bird count, covering areas from Harwich to South Wellfleet, included a reported MacGillivray’s Warbler in Eastham; a Townsend’s Warbler in Orleans; a Wilson’s Warbler in Brewster; a Blue-gray Gnatcatcher, an American Oystercatcher, and three Western Willets in Chatham; a Lincoln’s Sparrow in South Wellfleet; and Yellow-breasted Chats in Chatham and Brewster.

Highlights from the Buzzard’s Bay Christmas Bird Count on Saturday included 2 Redheads, a hybrid Barrow’s x Common Goldeneye, 55 Fish Crows, a House Wren, a Lincoln’s Sparrow, a Western Tanager, and a Clay-colored Sparrow.

Sightings at Race Point in Provincetown included a Pacific Loon, a Thick-billed Murre, a Black Guillemot, 17 Dovekie, 21 Common Murres, 700 Razorbills, a Great Shearwater, a Sooty Shearwater, and 75 Snow Buntings.

Other sightings around the Cape included a Sora in Barnstable, a Whimbrel in West Dennis, a Blue-headed Vireo in East Harwich, a Sooty Shearwater and 2 Semipalmated Plovers in Orleans, and a Dickcissel at a feeder 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].