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Wellfleet Bay Wildlife Sanctuary, Wellfleet

Cape Cod Bird Sightings — Tuesday, November 21, 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 November 15 and November 21, 2023.

Sightings at Fort Hill in Eastham included a possible Western Tanager, 20 Eastern Bluebirds, 50 Cedar Waxwings, 5 Winter Wrens, 3 Fox Sparrows, 4 Yellow-breasted Chats, 6 Orange-crowned Warblers, a Black-and-white Warbler, and a Dickcissel.

Birds noted from Marconi Site overlook in Wellfleet included 2 Black-headed Gulls, 4 Green-winged Teal, 1500 Surf Scoters, 740 White-winged Scoters, 3400 Black Scoters, 215 Long-tailed Ducks, 2 Pomarine Jaegers, 2400 Razorbills, 350 Black-legged Kittiwake, 215 Bonaparte’s Gulls, 4 Lesser Black-backed Gulls, an Iceland Gull, 350 Red-throated Loons, 80 Common Loons, 96 Great Shearwaters, and 22 Manx Shearwaters.

High numbers of seabirds were also noted off Nauset Beach in Orleans, including 2100 Common Eider, 2300 White-winged Scoters, 450 Long-tailed Ducks, 8200 Razorbills, a Black-headed Gull, 3500 Herring Gulls, 9 Lesser Black-backed Gulls, 630 Red-throated Loons, 210 Common Loons, 710 Great Shearwaters, 4 Sooty Shearwaters, 48 Manx Shearwaters, 650 Northern Gannets, 1250 Double-crested Cormorants, 40 Pine Siskins, and 30 Snow Buntings.

Yet more seabirds from Race Point in Provincetown included 7000 Common Eider, 1500 Red-breasted Mergansers, a Purple Sandpiper, 1900 Razorbills, 15 Dovekies, a Thick-billed Murre, 3 Common Murres, a Black Guillemot, 700 Black-legged Kittiwakes, 4000 Bonaparte’s Gulls, 3 Iceland Gulls, 35 Great Shearwaters, 800 Northern Gannets, a Lapland Longspur, and 80 Snow Buntings.

Other sightings around the Cape included a White-rumped Sandpiper and a Great-crested Flycatcher in Sandwich, 2 Willets at Forest Beach in Chatham, a late Tennessee Warbler banded at Wing Island in Brewster, and a Blue-gray Gnatcatcher in Orleans.

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].