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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 25 and October 31, 2017.

An amazing list of birds seen at Pochet Island in Orleans on the 27th included a summer tanager, a rough-legged hawk, 4 northern harriers, a red-shouldered hawk, an American woodcock, a yellow-billed cuckoo, an eastern wood-pewee, 2 white-eyed vireos, 2 yellow-throated vireos, 5 blue-headed vireos, 9 red-eyed vireos, a common raven, a blue-gray gnatcatcher, 7 orange-crowned warblers, 3 northern parulas, a Cape May warbler, 120 yellow-rumped warblers, a yellow-breasted chat, 6 eastern meadowlarks, and a rusty blackbird.

Sightings at Race Point this week included a king eider, 2 greater scaup, a lesser scaup, 29 red-throated loons, 120 Cory’s shearwaters, 2000 great shearwaters, 45 sooty shearwaters, 205 Manx shearwaters, 550 northern gannets, a purple sandpiper, a pomarine jaeger, 35 parasitic jaegers, 10 razorbills, 930 Bonaparte’s gulls, 1675 common terns, 4 peregrine falcons, and 2 common ravens.

Birds seen from Coast Guard Beach in Truro on the 30th included a northern fulmar, a Cory’s shearwater, 70 great shearwaters, 2 sooty shearwaters, 2 parasitic jaegers, 7 razorbills, and a little gull.

Other sightings around the Cape included a dickcissel and a bobolink at Peterson Farm in Falmouth, 2 long-billed dowitchers in Mashpee, 4 marbled godwits and a willet at Buck’s Creek in Chatham, a late ruby-throated hummingbird in Harwich, and a rough-legged hawk and a common raven at High Head 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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