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January 4 – January 10, 2023

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 January 4 and January 10, 2023.

A Western Tanager was found along the bike path at Scusset Beach State Park this week. Another continues at a feeder in West Barnstable. A Rusty Blackbird was also photographed at Scusset.

Both a Tufted Duck and a Tufted Duck x scaup hybrid have been on Hinckley’s Pond in Harwich, and the Western Grebe continues on Mashpee-Wakeby Pond, along with 3 Canvasbacks and 8 Redheads.

Painted Buntings are visiting feeders in Sandwich and Orleans and an out-of-season Rose-breasted Grosbeak has been visiting a feeder in Wellfleet.

Sightings at Race Point in Provincetown included a Pacific Loon, another late Great Shearwater, 9 Common Murres, and 240 Razorbills.

Other sightings around the Cape included a Great Egret and two Eastern Phoebes in Falmouth, single Orange-crowned Warblers in Mashpee and West Barnstable, a Glaucous Gull at Sandy Neck in Barnstable, 5 Long-billed Dowitchers and 3 Killdeer continuing in Centerville, a Semipalmated Plover and a Black-headed Gull continuing in Hyannis, an American Woodcock in Barnstable Village, a Thick-billed Murre in Yarmouth, a Snowy Egret in West Dennis, 4 Pomarine Jaegers at Skaket Beach in Orleans, single American Bitterns in Eastham and Orleans, flocks of up to 12 Red Crossbills several locations, and single Short-eared Owls in Eastham and Barnstable.