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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 December 5 and December 11, 2018.

A bobolink visited a neighborhood in East Harwich last week, representing the latest ever record of this species for New England.

Other unseasonably late birds reported in the last week include Baltimore orioles in Eastham and Brewster, a white-eyed vireo continuing at Wellfleet Bay sanctuary, a great egret at Fort Hill in Eastham, and an osprey in Harwich.

Birds at Fort Hill in Eastham included a winter wren, a marsh wren, 2 ruby-crowned kinglets, a purple finch, a seaside sparrow, a fox sparrow, 7 swamp sparrows, and a common redpoll.

A Pacific loon continued at Race Point in Provincetown, where other sightings included 25 red-necked grebes, 4 common murres, 30 razorbills, 3 Iceland gulls.

Other sightings around the Cape included a snowy owl and 50 snow buntings at Kalmus Beach in Hyannis, canvasbacks in Yarmouth and Eastham, and 2 redheads continuing 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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