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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 15 and May 22, 2018. †

A very late snow goose continues in Hyannis. †

Warbler migration hit its peak this week, with 24 species including Cape May, Bay-breasted, Blackburnian, Nashville, Canada, and Wilsonís reported throughout the area. †

Sightings from Race Point in Provincetown included 4 sooty shearwater, 3 Manx shearwaters, 152 parasitic jaegers, 4 razorbills, a common murre, 7 Iceland gulls, 9 lesser black-backed gulls, a glaucous gull, a black tern, 2400 common terns, a snowy owl, and a cliff swallow. †

Other sightings around the Cape included a blue grosbeak and 5 grasshopper sparrows, at Crane WMA in Falmouth, 2 clay-colored sparrows and an upland sandpiper in closed areas of Camp Edwards, a worm-eating warbler in Falmouth Town Forest, 2 hooded mergansers and 5 common nighthawks in Yarmouth, a yellow-crowned night-heron at Long Pasture sanctuary in Cummaquid, 3 summer tanagers in Truro, and Philadelphia vireos in Provincetown and North Truro. †

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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