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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 October 9 and October 16, 2018.

A painted redstart was found on Cuttyhunk Island on Sunday, representing only the second state record for this beautiful Mexican warbler. The last record was in 1947.

A western kingbird was found at the Eastham brush dump area on Sunday and

Up to 10 black skimmers were seen at West Dennis Beach on the 12th and a common gallinule continues at Lake Elizabeth in Centerville.

Birds at Race Point in Provincetown included a black guillemot, a little gull, 345 Coryís shearwaters, 1275 northern gannets, and 2 common ravens.

Birds at Fort Hill in Eastham included 127 greater yellowlegs, 18 great egrets, 3 northern bobwhites, 3 barn swallows, a yellow-billed cuckoo, a Philadelphia vireo, a gray-cheeked thrush, a Swainsonís thrush, 4 orange-crowned warblers, a Tennessee warbler, 4 dickcissels, a Baltimore oriole, a clay-colored sparrow, and a Lincolnís sparrow.

Birds noted at First Encounter in Eastham included a long-tailed duck, 5 parasitic jaegers, 11 black-legged kittiwakes, 215 common terns, 80 Forsterís terns, a Northern fulmar, 70 Coryís shearwaters, 2 great shearwaters, 8 sooty shearwaters, 3 Manx shearwaters, and 580 northern gannets.

Cape Cod Organic Farm in Barnstable hosted a grasshopper sparrow, a white-crowned sparrow, 2 Lincolnís sparrows, 2 prairie warblers, an indigo bunting, and a dickcissel.

Other sightings around the Cape included 2 Caspian terns in Woods Hole, an eastern wood-pewee in Brewster, 5 common ravens at Wellfleet Bay sanctuary, and a razorbill off Marconi in Wellfleet. †

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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