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May 17 – May 23, 2023

A Swallow-tailed Kite was photographed at Bearberry Hill in Truro, where other sightings included a Bald Eagle, 8 Broad-winged Hawks, 2 American Kestrels, and a Merlin.

A Little Gull was in Nauset Marsh in Eastham, along with 40 Black-bellied Plovers, 48 Semipalmated Plovers, 250 Dunlin, 2 White-rumped Sandpipers, 2 White-rumped Sandpipers, 10 Semipalmated Sandpipers, 9 Short-billed Dowitchers, and 200 Bonaparte’s Gulls.

Ship-based surveys on George’s Bank east of Cape Cod this week tallied 12 Atlantic Puffins, 5 Red Phalaropes, and a Common Murre.

Birds at Race Point in Provincetown included a Pacific Loon, a Parasitic Jaeger, a Thick-billed Murre, 155 Bonaparte’s Gulls, 2 Iceland Gulls, a Lesser Black-backed Gull, 1100 Common Terns, 5 Manx Shearwaters, 50 Northern Gannets, and 70 migrating Blue Jays.

Birds at Monomoy NWR this past weekend included an American Wigeon, a Northern Pintail, a Common Gallinule, 8 American Oystercatchers, 2 Red Knots, a Yellow-crowned Night-Heron, and 10 Glossy Ibis.

Other sightings around the Cape included 2 Caspian Terns in Osterville, a Seaside Sparrow and 5 Saltmarsh Sparrows at Sandy Neck in Barnstable, a Bufflehead in South Chatham, 15 Red Crossbills in West Harwich, late Dark-eyed Juncos in Harwich and Wellfleet, a Yellow-crowned Night-Heron in Brewster, a Little Blue Heron in North Truro, and a Pine Siskin in Provincetown.

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