Bird Sightings

Bird sightings on Cape Cod

Recent bird sightings on Cape Cod (as of Oct. 3) as reported to the Massachusetts Audubon Society.

A masked booby, native to the warm tropical oceans of the world, was found at Lecount’s Hollow Beach in Wellfleet and taken to a wildlife rehabilitator. This is the first land-based record of this species in New England, and only the second overall.

Sightings at Race Point included 48 Northern fulmars, 2,800 great shearwaters, 1,200 Manx shearwaters, 274 Cory’s shearwaters, a Leach’s storm-petrel, 10 red-necked phalaropes, an American golden-plover, 48 parasitic jaegers, 3 pomarine jaegers, a long-tailed jaeger, 2 black-headed gulls, and a dickcissel.


Shorebirds at South Beach in Chatham included 18 American oystercatchers, 325 black-bellied plovers, 10 ruddy turnstones, 75 red knots, 425 sanderlings, 700 dunlin, a white-rumped sandpiper, and a pectoral sandpiper.

Lingering ruby-throated hummingbirds were reported in Harwich, Yarmouth, and Falmouth, and other sightings around the Cape included blue-winged warblers in Mashpee and Sandwich, little gulls in Orleans and Provincetown, and scattered first reports of migrants like yellow-bellied sapsucker, both ruby-crowned and golden-crowned kinglets, and dark-eyed juncos.

For more information about bird sightings or to report sightings, call the Massachusetts Audubon Society at 781-259-8805 or go to