Two kids running in the snow. We all need nature—and nature needs you. Together, we can protect the wildlife and wild lands of Massachusetts for generations to come. Make a tax-deductible donation today.
Two kids running in the snow. We all need nature—and nature needs you. Together, we can protect the wildlife and wild lands of Massachusetts for generations to come. Make a tax-deductible donation today.
boardwalk trail through a grassy meadow
Wellfleet Bay Wildlife Sanctuary, Wellfleet

Cape Cod Bird Sightings — Tuesday, January 2, 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 December 26, 2023 and January 2, 2024.

An amazing three Western Tanagers were found this week: one at Scusset Beach State Reservation in Sandwich, one in Truro and another in Dennis.

The Western Kingbird and Lark Sparrow continued at the Salt Pond visitor’s center in Eastham this week along with up to two Eastern Phoebes.

Highlights revealed thus far from the Mid-Cape Christmas Bird Count on the 26th included a Sora, a Clay-colored Sparrow, and a Dickcissel in Hyannis; a Short-billed Dowitcher and a Red Knot at Chapin Beach in Dennis; a Baltimore Oriole near Corporation Beach in Dennis; and a Eurasian Wigeon in Yarmouth Port.   

The Stellwagen Bank ship-based Christmas Bird Count was held on the 27th and, despite heavy fog, surveyors tallied an Atlantic Puffin, 1470 White-winged Scoters, 5 Pomarine Jaegers, 17 Razorbills, 585 Common Murres, 110 Black-legged Kittiwakes, 7 Iceland Gulls, and 260 Northern Gannets.

Sightings at Race Point in Provincetown included a Pacific Loon, a Pomarine Jaeger, a Thick-billed Murre, 9 Common Murres, 3 Dovekie, a Black Guillemot, 30 Iceland Gulls, aa Glaucous Gull, and an American Pipit.

Other sightings around the Cape included a Whimbrel in West Dennis; single Great Egrets in several locations around the Cape; an American Woodcock in Wellfleet; 3 Western Willets in Chatham; 100 lingering Tree Swallows in Wellfleet; and a Lesser Yellowlegs in 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].