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Cape Cod Weekly Wildlife Sightings is sponsored by the Bird Watchers General Store in Orleans and Mass Audubon’s Wellfleet Bay Wildlife Sanctuary.

November 22 – November 29, 2022

 

Single Brown Boobies were photographed off Nauset Beach in Orleans and First Encounter Beach in Eastham.

The Hammond’s Flycatcher continued at Peterson’s Farm in Falmouth. 

Two Pine Grosbeaks, the rarest of the “winter finches”, were photographed in Wellfleet this week.

A Lark Sparrow and a Eurasian Wigeon continued at Herring Pond in Eastham.

At Forest Beach in Chatham there was a Pectoral Sandpiper along with a Whimbrel and the continuing Marbled Godwit and 5 Western Willets.

At Race Point in Provincetown, sightings this week included a Little Gull, 2500 Red-breasted Mergansers, 3 Pomarine Jaegers, a Parasitic Jaeger, 12 Dovekies, 9 Common Murres, 2500 Razorbills, 3000 Black-legged Kittiwakes, 800 Bonaparte’s Gulls, 4 Iceland Gulls, a Cory’s Shearwater, 22 Great Shearwater, a Manx Shearwaters, 2 Common Ravens, 6 Lapland Longspurs, and 100 Snow Buntings.

Other sightings around the Cape included a Prairie Warbler in Falmouth, a Common Gallinule in Mashpee, 4 Piping Plovers in Yarmouth, a Dickcissel in Barnstable, Nashville Warblers in Falmouth and Wellfleet, a Blackpoll Warbler in Harwich, a House Wren in Eastham, single Blue-headed Vireos in Mashpee and Truro, a Lincoln’s Sparrow in Harwich, an Evening Grosbeak 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 e-mail to cape.sightings@massaudubon.org.

November 16 and November 21, 2022

A Brown Booby was seen at First Encounter Beach during strong winds on the 16th and has been seen twice more since amongst the frenzy of seabirds feeding daily on Atlantic saury offshore.

The Hammond’s Flycatcher continued at Peterson’s Farm in Falmouth. 

Single Painted Buntings were discovered on private properties in Orleans and Barnstable this week.

A Lark Sparrow, a Eurasian Wigeon, and a lingering Green Heron were at Herring Pond in Eastham this week.

A shorebird survey in remote areas of Monomoy NWR this week produced 29 American Oystercatchers, 9 Piping Plovers, a Hudsonian Godwit, 97 Red Knots, 555 Sanderlings, 475 Dunlin, 2 White-rumped Sandpipers, and 2 Lesser Black-backed Gulls.

At Race Point in Provincetown, sightings this week included a Little Gull, a Parasitic Jaeger, 2 Common Murres, 233 Razorbills, 1500 Black-legged Kittiwakes, 1000 Bonaparte’s Gulls, 106 Cory’s Shearwaters, 359 Great Shearwaters, 2 Manx Shearwaters, 2000 Northern Gannets, 2 Lapland Longspurs and 44 Snow Buntings.

Other sightings around the Cape included a Philadelphia Vireo and a Dickcissel in Falmouth, a Wilson’s Warbler in Cummaquid, a continuing Marbled Godwit and 4 Western Willets at Forest Beach in Chatham, a Blue-headed Vireo in Harwich, a Grasshopper Sparrow in Brewster, a Lincoln’s Sparrow and 2 Red Crossbills in Eastham, and an Evening Grosbeak in Truro.

November 9 – November 15, 2022

A Hammond’s Flycatcher, the Cape’s first record of this western species, continued at Peterson’s Farm in Falmouth since Saturday, and other species reported there included a Black Vulture and a late Red-eyed Vireo.

An immature Red-headed Woodpecker showed up at a private feeder in Barnstable over the weekend.

At Race Point in Provincetown, sightings this week included a Pacific Loon, 430 Long-tailed Ducks, 650 Razorbills, 425 Black-legged Kittiwakes, 2 Parasitic Jaegers, 40 Cory’s Shearwaters, 225 Great Shearwater, 7 Manx Shearwaters, a Barn Swallow, 8 Red Crossbills, and 150 Snow Buntings.

Other sightings around the Cape included a Blue-gray Gnatcatcher in Woods Hole, a Red-eyed Vireo in Sandwich, a Philadelphia Vireo in Falmouth, 2 continuing Marbled Godwits, 3 Western Willets in Chatham, a Barn Swallows in Provincetown, Eastham, and Mashpee, a Bohemian Waxwing in Wellfleet, a Dickcissel in Truro, and a single Grasshopper Sparrows in Truro and Provincetown.

November 2 to November 8, 2022

A Hammond’s Flycatcher, the Cape’s first record of this western species, has been at Peterson’s Farm in Falmouth since Saturday. An equally rare for the late date Olive-sided Flycatcher was also present there, along with late individual Red-eyed and Blue-headed Vireos.

A Lark Sparrow was at the Provincetown Airport on Saturday, where other sightings included 14 Sharp-shinned Hawks, a Blue-gray Gnatcatcher, 7 Pine Siskins, a Rusty Blackbird, and Orange-crowned Warbler, and 167 Yellow-rumped Warblers.

At Race Point in Provincetown, sightings this week included 2 Little Gulls, 2 Red-necked Grebes, 30 Razorbills, a Pomarine Jaeger, a Parasitic Jaeger, 400 Black-legged Kittiwakes, 1000 Bonaparte’s Gulls, 5 Lesser Black-backed Gulls, 60 Cory’s Shearwaters, 12 Great Shearwaters, 4 Manx Shearwaters, 3500 Northern Gannets, a Lapland Longspur, 8 American Pipits, and 29 Snow Buntings.

Other sightings around the Cape included 5 Marbled Godwits and 4 Western Willets in Chatham, an influx of late Barn Swallows including 17 at Nauset Beach in Orleans, a Prairie Warbler at Fort Hill in Eastham, and a Bohemian Waxwing at the Beech Forest in Provincetown.

October 26 – November 1

The Vermillion Flycatcher at Paine’s Creek Beach in Brewster has not been seen since the 26th.

A Pacific Loon continues off Town Neck in Sandwich this week, and a Western Kingbird was discovered at High Head in North Truro.

Evening Grosbeaks are expected to move into the region this winter, and there were already sightings in Eastham, Wellfleet, and Nantucket in recent days.

New arrivals on salt water this week included large numbers of Brant, all three species of scoter, Long-tailed Ducks, Red-breasted Mergansers, and Razorbills.

Birds at Fort Hill in Eastham included a Yellow-billed Cuckoo, 2 American Bitterns, a Clapper Rail, 3 Virginia Rails, 4 Purple Finches, 2 Baltimore Orioles, and 2 Dickcissels.

At Race Point in Provincetown, sightings this week included a late Piping Plover, 4 Red-necked Grebes, 2 Harlequin Ducks, 72 Razorbills, 220 Black-legged Kittiwakes, 113 Cory’s Shearwaters, 6 Great Shearwater, 3 Manx Shearwaters, 700 Northern Gannets, 3 American Pipits, and a Lapland Longspur.

Other sightings around the Cape include a Common Gallinule at Santuit Pond in Mashpee, single Common Nighthawks in Bourne and Brewster, late Snowy Egrets in Sandwich and Wellfleet plus 3 at Monomoy NWR, a late Piping Plover at Nauset Beach in Orleans, and 2 Bohemian Waxwings in Eastham.

October 12 – October 18, 2022

The Black-throated Gray Warbler was rediscovered at Pochet Island in Orleans this week.

The continuing Brown Pelican was most recently reported from Lieutenant Island in Wellfleet.

At Race Point in Provincetown, sightings this week included 8 Red Phalaropes, 4 White-rumped Sandpipers, Pomarine Jaegers, 12 Parasitic Jaegers, 21 Razorbills, 52 Black-legged Kittiwakes, 46 Bonaparte’s Gulls, 2 Lesser black-backed Gulls, 345 Cory’s Shearwaters, 6 Great Shearwaters, 4 Sooty Shearwaters, 8 Manx Shearwaters, 2 Northern Harriers, 2 Common Ravens, and 6 American Pipits.

Sightings around Pleasant Bay in Chatham this week included a late Piping Plover, 36 American Oystercatchers, 10 Red Knots, and 8 Lesser black-backed Gulls.

Ducks in Mill Pond in Marstons Mills this week included a Wood Duck, 52 American Wigeon, a Northern Pintail, and 23 Green-winged Teal.

Other sightings around the Cape included single Common Nighthawks in Dennis and Eastham, 5 Marbled Godwits and 18 Western Willets in Chatham, a Blackburnian Warbler and a probable Alder Flycatcher in Brewster, a late Green Heron in Eastham, an American Bittern in Orleans, and a Philadelphia Vireo and a Wood Thrush reported 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 e-mail to cape.sightings@massaudubon.org.