Bird Sightings

Bird sightings on Cape Cod

Recent bird sightings on Cape Cod (as of May 8) as reported to the Massachusetts Audubon Society.

A Swainson’s warbler, only the fourth ever for Cape Cod, was found at Santuit Pond in Mashpee, along with 2 little blue herons.

Four sandhill cranes were seen at various places on the Outer Cape.


A yellow-throated warbler was at Wellfleet Bay Wildlife Sanctuary, along with a hooded warbler, a blue-winged warbler, a Cape May warbler, and 2 black vultures.

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Sightings from Race Point in Provincetown included 14 sooty shearwaters, 3 Manx shearwaters, 16 parasitic jaegers, 3 common murres, 9 razorbills, a little gull, 32 Iceland gulls including two Thayer’s type, 7 lesser black-backed gulls, a glaucous gull, 4 American kestrels, 8 American pipits, and 2 snowy owls.

Other sightings around the Cape included early Eastern wood-pewees in Falmouth and Brewster, worm-eating warblers in South Sandwich, a snow goose in Hyannisport, a blue grosbeak in Orleans, soras in Cotuit and North Truro, orange-crowned warblers in Truro and Provincetown, hooded and Cape May warblers in several locations, and snowy owls continuing in Wellfleet and Provincetown.

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