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Cape Cod Weekly Wildlife Sightings

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 May 8 and May 15, 2018.

A very late snow goose continues in Hyannis, and an exceptionally late snowy owl continues in Provincetown.

Sightings from South Monomoy on the 12th included 10 northern shovelers, 19 northern pintail, 8 green-winged teal, 2 blue-winged teal, 2 American bitterns, a northern harrier, 2 sora, a red knot, 2 lesser black-backed gulls, a glaucous gull, and a peregrine falcon.

Sightings from Race Point in Provincetown included 2 sooty and 4 Manx shearwaters, 10 common murres, 12 razorbills, over 100 parasitic jaegers, 650 Bonaparteís gulls, 5 black-legged kittiwakes, 30 Iceland gulls, 20 lesser black-backed gulls, 3 glaucous gulls, 4 black terns, 22 roseate terns, 2200 common terns, a snowy owl, a merlin, and a common raven.

Other sightings around the Cape included a prothonotary warbler in Sandwich, a blue grosbeak at Crane WMA in Falmouth, a worm-eating warbler and a little blue heron in Mashpee, a clay-colored sparrow and 2 chuck-willís-widows in a closed area of Camp Edwards, 2 hooded mergansers in Yarmouth, a least bittern in Chatham, a harlequin duck at Coast Guard Beach in Eastham, and a red-necked grebe at Head of the Meadow Beach 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 and email to

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