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Wellfleet Bay Wildlife Sanctuary, Wellfleet

Cape Cod Bird Sightings — Tuesday, December 5, 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 November 29 and December 5, 2023.

A Western Kingbird was seen in Provincetown on the 1st.

An unidentified hummingbird turned up in a yard in Wellfleet on the 5th.

A Rough-legged Hawk was at High Head in North Truro this week.

Sightings at Race Point in Provincetown this week included 550 Long-tailed Ducks, 800 Red-breasted Mergansers, a Purple Sandpiper, 23 Dovekies, a Black-headed Gull, 200 Razorbills, 2 Common Murres, 4 Laughing Gulls, 5 Iceland Gulls, 2 Common Terns, and 40 Snow Buntings.

Other sightings around the Cape included single Eastern Phoebes in Bourne and Provincetown, a hybrid Common x Barrow's Goldeneye in Mashpee, 3 late Tree Swallows seen in Sandwich and Barnstable plus four more in Truro, 3 Long-billed Dowitchers in Hyannis, a late Sooty Shearwater and Semipalmated Plover at Corporation Beach in Dennis, a Red Knot at nearby Chapin Beach in Dennis, a Whimbrel in West Dennis, 3 Willets and an American Oystercatcher in Chatham, a late Blue-gray Gnatcatcher in Eastham, and a Red Crossbill 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].