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    Bird Sightings

    Bird sightings on Cape Cod

    Recent bird sightings on Cape Cod (as of June 5) as reported to the Massachusetts Audubon Society.

    A ruff was seen at South Beach in Chatham along with 18 American oystercatchers, 390 black-bellied plovers, 16 piping plovers, 8 killdeer, 355 ruddy turnstones, 109 red knots, 350 sanderling, 375 dunlin, 42 white-rumped sandpipers, 1,600 semipalmated sandpipers, 9 short-billed dowitchers, 80 willets, 10 roseate terns, 15,000 common terns, an Arctic tern, and a peregrine falcon.

    A king eider was seen at Herring Cove in Provincetown, along with a parasitic jaeger, a black-legged kittiwake, 3 Iceland gulls, 3 lesser black-backed gulls, and 2 glaucous gulls.


    A royal tern was seen by Race Point in Provincetown, where other sightings included 10 red-throated loons, a Cory’s shearwater, 5 great shearwaters, 12 sooty shearwaters, 20 Manx shearwaters, 120 parasitic jaegers, 3 black-legged kittiwakes, 2 glaucous gulls, and 1,500 common terns.

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    Falmouth sightings included 2 blue grosbeaks and 5 grasshopper sparrows at Crane WMA, a golden-crowned kinglet in Falmouth Town Forest, and a chuck-wills-widow at Elain Avenue.

    Another public trip to Mass Military Reservation/Joint Base Cape Cod produced the usual nice assortment of rare grassland birds, including 2 upland sandpipers, 3 American kestrels, 2 grasshopper sparrows, and 2 clay-colored sparrows.

    Other sightings around the Cape included 2 blue-winged warblers at Scusset Beach State Reservation in Sandwich, a clapper rail and a seaside sparrow at Sandy Neck in Barnstable, a sora in North Truro, and 2 Northern fulmars at sea east of Truro.

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