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Cape Cod Weekly Wildlife Sightings

Cape Cod Weekly Wildlife Sightings is sponsored by the Bird Watchers General Store in Orleans and Mass Audubon's Wellfleet Bay Wildlife Sanctuary. The following sightings were reported between May 10 and May 16, 2017.

Provincetown highlights this week included a king eider, a Pacific loon, a black guillemot, a common murre, 7 razorbills, several Manx shearwaters, 14 parasitic jaegers, a pomarine jaeger, a glaucous gull, 20 Iceland gulls, 15 lesser black-backed gulls, a black-headed gull, a little gull, and 15 Arctic terns.

Bellís Neck conservation area in West Harwich produced 2 little blue herons, a common gallinule, a least bittern, a glossy ibis, 21 black-crowned night-herons, 2 white-rumped sandpipers, and 2 bald eagles.

Sighting s at Crane WMA in Falmouth included 2 American kestrels, 2 grasshopper sparrows, and 4 Eastern meadowlarks.

Other sightings around the Cape included a†chuck-willís-widow†in Falmouth and another at Camp Edwards, a worm-eating warbler and a white-eyed vireo in Falmouth,†a white-eyed vireo in Barnstable, 2 whimbrels at West Dennis Beach, 3 red knots at Tern Island in Chatham, and a Wilsonís storm-petrel at First Encounter Beach in Eastham,

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 and email to

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