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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 August 1 and August 7, 2018.

A little stint was photographed at South Beach and also reported from Morris Island in Chatham.

An incredible array of other birds at South Beach and Monomoy refuge in Chatham this week included a blue-winged teal, 2 northern shovelers, 32 gadwall, 6 northern pintail, 13 green-winged teal, 1600 Coryís shearwaters, 2000 great shearwaters, 960 sooty shearwaters, an American bittern, 5 northern harriers, 18 soras, a common gallinule, 21 American oystercatchers, 42 piping plovers 11 Hudsonian godwits, a marbled godwit, 14 stilt sandpipers, 356 red knots, 1300 sanderlings, 2100 semipalmated sandpipers, 61 lesser yellowlegs, 2 black terns, 10000 common terns, and a northern waterthrush.

Birds reported in Nauset Marsh in Eastham included 2 yellow-crowned night-herons, 3 American oystercatchers, 550 black-bellied plovers, 1700 semipalmated plovers, 200 red knots, 5 white-rumped sandpipers, 1 pectoral sandpiper, 1900 semipalmated sandpipers, 700 short-billed dowitchers, 500 common terns, and a Forsterís tern .

Other sightings around the Cape included 3 blue grosbeaks, a black skimmer at Wing Island in Brewster, and a sharp-shinned hawk, 60 whimbrel, 17 purple martins, and 2 black-billed cuckoos at Wellfleet Bay sanctuary. .

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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