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Wellfleet Bay Wildlife Sanctuary, Wellfleet

Cape Cod Bird Sightings — Tuesday, June 20, 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 14 and 20, 2023.

Another Swallow-tailed Kite was photographed in Sandwich this week and a Mississippi Kite was reported from Eastham.

A Dickcissel was photographed at Crane WMA in Falmouth, where other sightings included 2 American Kestrels, 4 Brown Thrashers, 55 Grasshopper Sparrows, 30 Field Sparrows, 4 Eastern Meadowlarks, 15 Prairie Warblers, and 3 Blue Grosbeaks.

An Atlantic Puffin flew by Race Point in Provincetown, where other sightings this week included 2 Arctic Terns, 7 Lesser Black-backed Gulls, a Sooty Shearwater, 18 Wilson’s Storm-Petrels, and a Bald Eagle.

Birds tallied in surveys of closed parts of Monomoy NWR this past weekend included 2 Northern Pintail, 12 Gadwall, 36 Red Knots, 7 White-rumped Sandpipers, 48 Arctic Terns, 300 Least Terns, a Black Tern, 20000 Common Terns, and 7 Glossy Ibis.

Late, uncommon migrants this week included Acadian Flycatchers in a few places, Alder and Yellow-bellied Flycatchers at Wing Island in Brewster, and a Dark-eyed Junco and a Chestnut-sided Warbler in Wellfleet.

Other sightings around the Cape included the annual Elain Ave Chuck-will’s-widow and 2 Worm-eating Warblers continuing in Falmouth, 2 White-eyed Vireos elsewhere in Falmouth, a Seaside Sparrow and 23 Saltmarsh Sparrows at Sandy Neck in Barnstable, 2 Black Vultures elsewhere in Barnstable, a Common Nighthawk at Nauset Beach in Orleans, 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].