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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 July 18 and July 25, 2017.

The adult brown booby was seen again this week, this time from a whale watch boat off Provincetown on the 19th.

Sightings from Race Point to Herring Cove in Provincetown included a cattle egret, a south polar skua and an impressive 4259 Coryís shearwaters, plus 250 great shearwaters, 175 sooty shearwaters, 70 Manx shearwaters, 85 Wilsonís storm-petrels, 2 pomarine jaegers, 8 parasitic jaegers, 2 little gulls, a black-headed gull, 14 black-legged kittiwakes, 150 roseate terns, 1700 common terns, and 2 Arctic terns.

On Stellwagen Bank, sightings included 350 Wilsonís storm-petrels, 4 species of shearwater, and a red-necked phalarope.

Another offshore trip east of Chatham produced 2 red-necked phalaropes, 35 Coryís shearwaters, 1800 great shearwaters, 1400 sooty shearwaters, 3 Manx shearwaters, and 3 parasitic jaegers.

Other sightings around the Cape this week included a continuing blue grosbeak at Crane WMA in Falmouth, a black-headed gull, a black tern, and 45 Forsterís terns at Long Pasture sanctuary in Barnstable, a royal tern and 3 black terns at Grayís Beach in Yarmouth, and a little gull in Provincetown Harbor.

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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