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May 10 – May 16, 2023

A Curlew Sandpiper was found in Nauset Marsh in Eastham on the 16th, and a Swainson’s Warbler was banded at Wellfleet Bay sanctuary on the 12th.

A Swallow-tailed Kite was reported from both Mashpee and Falmouth on the 12th and 13th, and a Mississippi Kite was seen in Barnstable on the 13th.

Mass Audubon’s Bird-a-thon fundraiser was held Friday and Saturday and produced many good sightings across the Cape. Highlights from the Beech Forest in Provincetown included a Sandhill Crane, a Yellow-throated Warbler, and 3 Black Vultures.

Birds at Race Point in Provincetown included 2 Thick-billed Murres, 2 Common Murres, a Razorbill, a Northern Fulmar, a Caspian Tern, a Little Gull, 7 Iceland Gulls, 800 Bonaparte’s Gulls, 7 Manx Shearwaters, a Wilson’s Storm-Petrel, and 5 American Pipits.

Birds at Monomoy NWR this past weekend included 2 Blue-winged Teal, 8 Northern Shovelers, 5 Northern Pintail, 16 Ruddy Ducks, 10 Ring-necked Ducks, 9 American Oystercatchers, an American Bittern, a Tricolored Heron, a Glossy Ibis, 3 Pied-billed Grebes, 3 American Coot, and an American Pipit.

Other sightings around the Cape included 2 Common Nighthawks, a Chuck-will’s-widow, and 5 Worm-eating Warblers in Falmouth; Blue Grosbeaks in Falmouth and Dennis; a Wilson’s Phalarope and a Seaside Sparrow at Sandy Neck; single Prothonotary Warblers in Mashpee, Wellfleet Bay sanctuary, and Brewster; a Tricolored, Heron, a Little Blue Heron, and Cattle Egret at Fort Hill in Eastham; single Summer Tanagers in Eastham and Provincetown, an Evening Grosbeak in North Truro; and a Pomarine Jaeger at Stellwagen Bank.

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