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Wellfleet Bay Wildlife Sanctuary, Wellfleet

Cape Cod Bird Sightings — Tuesday, July 18, 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 July 12 and 18, 2023.

An out of season Red-necked Grebe and 2 Yellow-crowned Night-Herons were at Forest Beach in Chatham.

A Chuck-will’s-Widow was calling near Nauset Light Beach in Eastham on the 12th.

Sightings at Race Point in Provincetown included a Royal Tern, 11 Piping Plovers, 3 Black Terns, 16 Wilson’s Storm-Petrels, 29 Cory’s Shearwaters, 43 Great Shearwaters, 10 Sooty Shearwaters, 3 Manx Shearwaters, a Bald Eagle, and an American Kestrel.

Surveys from remote parts of Monomoy National Wildlife Refuge this week turned up 7 Hudsonian Godwits, 325 Least Sandpipers, 4825 Semipalmated Sandpipers, 1945 Short-billed Dowitchers, 233 Willets, 8 Western Willets, 30 Bonaparte’s Gulls, an Iceland Gulls, 5000 Common Terns, and a Glossy Ibis.

Other sightings around the Cape included 5 Blue Grosbeaks and a family of Merlins, in Falmouth, a Yellow-crowned Night-Heron at Hallet’s Mill Pond in Yarmouth, a Stilt Sandpiper in Nauset Marsh in Eastham, and a Clapper Rail 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].