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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 February 6 and February 13, 2018.

A black-headed gull continues at Ocean Avenue Beach in Hyannis.

Reports from Race Point in Provincetown included 10 common murres, 1 thick-billed murre, 1500 razorbills, 45 Iceland gulls, a peregrine falcon, a snowy owl, and a common raven.

Birds in Provincetown Harbor included 10 long-tailed ducks, 35 greater scaup, 2 lesser scaup, 12 horned grebes, 3 purple sandpipers, a dovekie, 2 thick-billed murres, and 3 Iceland gulls.

In an annual sign of eventual spring, American woodcocks have begun displaying, with reports from two areas in Barnstable, and the first red-winged blackbirds have begun to trickle in.

The first killdeer were reported this week from Lighthouse Charter School in Harwich, and other sightings around the Cape included a redhead on Perch Pond in Falmouth, 2 blue-winged teal and a northern pintail at Mill Pond in Barnstable, a yellow-bellied sapsucker in Barnstable Village, a rusty blackbird at Long Pasture sanctuary in Cummaquid, chipping sparrows in Sandwich and Brewster, an American pipit in Orleans, and a Baltimore oriole at a feeder in Brewster.

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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