Bird Sightings

Bird sightings on Cape Cod

Recent bird sightings on Cape Cod (as of Oct. 30) as reported to the Massachusetts Audubon Society.

A Western kingbird was found at the Provincetown Airport. Other birds at the airport included 42 pectoral sandpipers, an American bittern, 30 horned larks, 80 snow buntings, 4 Eastern meadowlarks, a Baltimore oriole, and a common raven.

Storms produced some seabirds, including 41 pomarine jaegers, 3 parasitic jaegers, 2 common murres, 32 dovekies, 180 black-legged kittiwakes, 200 Cory’s shearwaters, and 2,000 Northern gannets at First Encounter Beach in Eastham.


Little gulls were seen at Sandy Neck in Barnstable and at Corporation Beach in Dennis, where other sightings included a harlequin duck, a red-necked grebe, 16 razorbills, 75 Forster’s terns, 65 red-throated loons, and 2 great, 1 Manx, and 4 sooty shearwaters.

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Sightings at Fort Hill in Eastham included 12 Northern bobwhites, 4 pectoral sandpipers, 2 American bitterns, 4 marsh wrens, a yellow-breasted chat, a Cape May warbler, an orange-crowned warbler, a prairie warbler, a Lincoln’s sparrow, 2 seaside sparrows, and 2 saltmarsh sparrows.

Mill Pond in Marstons Mills hosted a redhead, 12 wood ducks, 87 American wigeon, 6 gadwall, and 8 green-winged teal.

Other sightings around the Cape included a Tennessee warbler at Salt Pond in Falmouth, a late orchard oriole at Scusset Beach reservation in Sandwich, a common gallinule on South Monomoy, and a black-billed cuckoo and a mourning warbler at Wellfleet Bay sanctuary.

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