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April 12 – April 18, 2023


A Swallow-tailed Kite was reported over Orleans on Saturday.

A Tricolored Heron was at Nauset Beach and Little Blue Herons were seen in Dennis and at Bell’s Neck Conservation Area in West Harwich.

Other birds at Bell’s Neck conservation area included an American Bittern, a Glossy Ibis, a Clapper Rail, a Virginia Rail, 2 Wilson’s Snipe, 3 Lesser Yellowlegs, 35 Greater Yellowlegs, 18 Snowy Egrets, 40 Black-crowned Night-Herons, 2 Bald Eagles, a Marsh Wren, and 5 Red Crossbills.

Newly arrived local breeders in the last week included Eastern Whip-poor-wills, Willets, and the first handful of Ruby-throated Hummingbirds.

Some earlier-than-expected arrivals included a Green Heron in Wellfleet, a Scarlet Tanager in Eastham, a Black-and-white Warbler in Sandwich, and Indigo Buntings in Yarmouth and Orleans.

Other sightings around the Cape included 3 Black Vultures in Bourne, 2 Clapper Rails in Mashpee, 12 singing Red Crossbills in South Wellfleet, and 2 White-crowned Sparrows continuing in North 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