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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.

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