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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 September 20 and September 26, 2017.

Hurricane Jose hit New England in the form of a 4-day nor’easter, bringing a few storm blown birds, including the following impressive list of birds from Race Point in Provincetown on the 23rd: a Franklin’s gull, a Sandwich tern, 3 south polar skuas, 294 northern fulmar, 650 Cory’s shearwaters, 8000 great shearwaters, 90 sooty shearwaters, 80 Manx shearwaters, 8 Leach’s storm-petrels, 47 red-necked phalaropes, 52 pomarine jaegers, 82 parasitic jaegers, 3 long-tailed jaegers, a common murre, 27 black-legged kittiwakes, 2 Sabine’s gulls, a little gull, 122 Forster’s terns, 2000 common terns, 108 roseate terns, and a late least tern.

The storm brought several reports of Leach’s storm-petrels and red-necked phalaropes at north-facing Cape Cod Bay beaches between Sandwich and Dennis, and many hundreds of Cory’s shearwaters and northern gannets to beaches from Brewster to Eastham.

Birds reported from Morris Island in Chatham on the 25th included 2 black skimmers, a yellow-bellied flycatcher, 2 golden-crowned kinglets, and 13 species of warbler including orange-crowned, Nashville, and bay-breasted.

Other birds around the Cape included an Acadian flycatcher and 3 Philadelphia vireos banded at Wing Island in Brewster, 9 marbled godwits and 1 Hudsonian godwit at Minimoy Island in Chatham, and a black-headed gull at High Head in North Truro and another at Herring Cove in Provincetown.

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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