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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 and July 29 and August 4 2020.

Sightings at Race Point in Provincetown this week included a Sabine’s Gull, a Black-headed Gull, a Lesser Black-backed Gull, 80 Cory’s Shearwaters, 30 Great Shearwaters, 130 Sooty Shearwaters, 60 Manx Shearwaters, 2 Whimbrel, a Pectoral Sandpiper, and a Northern Bobwhite. Birds in Nauset Marsh in Eastham included a Royal Tern, 18 Yellow-crowned Night-Herons, 12 Black-crowned Night-Herons, 12 American Oystercatchers, 520 Semipalmated Plovers, 980 Semipalmated Sandpipers, a Western Sandpiper, 400 Short-billed Dowitchers, 19 Whimbrels, and 19 Saltmarsh Sparrows.

Shorebirds recorded from remote parts of Monomoy National Wildlife Refuge this week included a Ruff, 25 American Oystercatchers, 21 Piping Plovers, 16 Hudsonian Godwits, a Marbled Godwit, 600 Sanderlings, 7 Western Sandpipers, 120 Red Knots, 1900 Semipalmated Sandpipers, 4600 Short-billed Dowitchers including 13 Hendersonii subspecies, a Long-billed Dowitcher, 224 Willets plus 22 Western Willets, and 13000 Common Terns. Another survey of the wilderness southern end of South Monomoy this week produced 13 Northern Shovelers, 38 Gadwall, 84 Mallards, 22 American Black Ducks, 5 Green-winged Teal, 8 Ruddy Ducks, 2 Pied-billed Grebes, 5 Common Gallinules, a Least Bittern, a Baird’s Sandpiper, and 6 Stilt Sandpipers.

Other reports around the Cape included a Blue Grosbeak in Falmouth, a Little Blue Heron in Mashpee and 2 at Wellfleet Bay sanctuary, and a Black Guillemot 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 e-mail to

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