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Wellfleet Bay Wildlife Sanctuary, Wellfleet

Cape Cod Bird Sightings — Tuesday, June 13, 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 June 7 and 13, 2023.

A White-winged Dove has been at a private feeder in Sandwich this week.

A Franklin’s Gull was photographed at Race Point in Provincetown on the 9th.

A Swallow-tailed Kite was reported from Sandwich and two Mississippi Kites were photographed over Barnstable this week.

Birds tallied in surveys of closed parts of Monomoy NWR this past weekend included 4 Northern Pintail, 2 Gadwall, 14 American Oystercatchers, 20 Piping Plovers, 100 Red Knots, 2 White-rumped Sandpipers, 1100 Least Terns, a Black Tern, 30000 Common Terns, 9 Roseate Terns, 13 Arctic Terns, 450 Least Terns, a Yellow-crowned Night-Heron, 10 Glossy Ibis, and 6 Saltmarsh Sparrows.

Late, uncommon migrants this week included an Acadian Flycatcher at Nickerson State Park, a Mourning Warbler and a Yellow-bellied Flycatcher at Wing Island in Brewster, and an Alder Flycatcher in Brewster.

A Hooded Warbler continued at Mass Audubon’s Skunknett River sanctuary as recently as the 9th and other sightings around the Cape included the annual Elain Ave Chuck-will’s-widow and at least one Blue Grosbeak continuing in Falmouth, 2 Red Crossbills in Bourne, 2 Dark-eyed Juncos in Sandwich, a Little Blue Heron and a Bufflehead in Chatham, and a Least Bittern and a Rose-breasted Grosbeak 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].