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Wellfleet Bay Wildlife Sanctuary, Wellfleet

Cape Cod Bird Sightings — Tuesday, October 10, 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 October 4 and October 10, 2023.

The state’s first record of Virginia’s Warbler, a scarce species of the southwest, was found at Putnam Farm Conservation Area in Orleans on Friday and continued through Sunday.

Single Common Murres continued in Sesuit Harbor in Dennis and Wellfleet Harbor this week.

From Race Point to Herring Cove in Provincetown, birds reported this week included 3 Red-necked Grebes, 5 Blue-winged Teal, a Marbled Godwit, 2 Parasitic Jaegers, a Razorbill, 11 Black-legged Kittiwakes, 600 Common Terns, a Roseate Tern, 8 Cory’s Shearwaters, 24 Great Shearwaters, a Sooty Shearwater, 8 Manx Shearwaters, 3500 Tree Swallows, and 2 American Pipits.

Birds at First Encounter Beach in Eastham included a Black-headed Gull, an American Golden-Plover, 4 Whimbrel, a Red Knot, and a Pectoral Sandpiper.

A survey of remote parts of Monomoy National Wildlife Refuge this week tallied 3 Blue-winged Teal, 5 Northern Pintail, 15 Green-winged Teal, 900 Black-bellied Plovers, 2 American Golden-Plovers, a Hudsonian Godwit, 120 Red Knots, 2800 Sanderlings, 600 Dunlin, 25 White-rumped Sandpipers, 4 Pectoral Sandpipers, 70 Semipalmated Sandpipers, a Western Sandpiper, a Short-billed Dowitcher, and 2 Peregrine Falcons.

Birds at Forest Beach in Chatham included a Horned Grebe, 8 Marbled Godwits, 27 Western Willets, 5 Whimbrel, 4 American Oystercatchers, 2 Saltmarsh Sparrows, and a Yellow-breasted Chat.

Other sightings around the Cape included a Swainson’s Thrush and a Veery in South Dennis, 6 Black Skimmers in Chatham, single Yellow-crowned Night-Herons at Wellfleet Bay sanctuary and Pogorelc sanctuary in West Barnstable, a Gray-cheeked Thrush banded at Wings Island in Brewster, and a Hudsonian Godwit in North 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].