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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 December 25, 2018 and January 7, 2019.

An eared grebe was found at Macmillan Pier in Provincetown on the 1st and was still present yesterday. Other recent sightings at the pier included a black-guillemot, a thick-billed murre, a dovekie, red-necked grebes, 2 lesser scaup, and 2 purple sandpipers.

Highlights from the January 2nd Truro Christmas Bird Count, which covered parts of Truro and Wellfleet, included a bohemian waxwing, an American bittern, 2 long-eared owls, a yellow-breasted chat, a house wren, 3 common ravens, and up to a few dozen each of evening grosbeaks, red crossbills, common redpolls, and pine siskins.

Birds at Mill Pond in West Barnstable this week included a late great egret, 2 blue-winged teal, a northern pintail, 12 gadwall, 3 American wigeon, 12 ring-necked ducks, and a winter wren.

Other sightings around the Cape included an eastern phoebe and a vesper sparrow at Crane WMA in Falmouth, king eiders on the canal in Bourne and Sandwich, an ovenbird and a yellow-breasted chat in Barnstable, a black-headed gull in Hyannis, a painted bunting in Dennis on the 1st, a very late spotted sandpiper at Red River Beach in Harwich, 2 northern shovelers at Morris Island in Chatham, 7 pine warblers in East Harwich, a Baltimore oriole in Orleans, a killdeer and a great egret in Eastham, a red-shouldered hawk in Truro, and a Pacific loon at Race Point 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 and email to

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