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Wellfleet Bay Wildlife Sanctuary, Wellfleet

Cape Cod Bird Sightings — Tuesday, February 6, 2024

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 January 31 and February 6, 2024.

The Western Kingbird and Lark Sparrow continued at the Salt Pond visitor’s center in Eastham this week along with an Eastern Phoebe.

The Western Grebe also continues on Mashpee Pond.

One of the Western Tanagers wintering at the Sandwich end of the canal was reported from the Sandwich Marina this week.

Sightings at Race Point in Provincetown included a Pacific Loon, a Sooty Shearwater, 25 Razorbills, 3 Common Murres, 6 Iceland Gulls, and 3 Tree Swallows.

At nearby Provincetown Harbor there were 4 Harlequin Ducks, a Thick-billed Murre, a Common Murre, and a Black Guillemot.

Birds in the Hyannis area included 2 Black-headed Gulls, a Semipalmated Plover, a Black Vulture, and a Palm Warbler.

Other sightings around the Cape included a Rusty Blackbird in Barnstable; single Glaucous Gulls in Barnstable and Wellfleet; a Western Willet in Chatham and another in West Dennis; a Short-eared Owland a Ruby-crowned Kinglet in Chatham; a Yellow-breasted Chat and a Baltimore Oriole in East Orleans;  other Yellow-breasted Chats in West Yarmouth and Wellfleet; 3 Long-billed Dowitchers at Fort Hill in Eastham; a Clay-colored Sparrow elsewhere in Eastham; and 2 Orange-crowned Warblers in North Truro. 

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].