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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 December 29, 2020 and January 5, 2021.

A Western Tanager continues to visit a feeder in Brewster while another turned up at a feeder in Yarmouth.

A Painted Bunting was found on Morris Island in Chatham on January 1.

Two Snow Geese continue on fields near the center of Harwich.

The Truro Christmas Bird count was help on Wednesday the 30th, with highlights including a Hoary Redpoll, a Greater Yellowlegs, a Common Murre, a Thick-billed Murre, and a Dovekie at Lieutenant Island in Wellfleet, an Indigo Bunting and a King Eider elsewhere in Wellfleet, a Eurasian Green-winged Teal, a Great Shearwater, 4 Tree Swallows, 2 Eastern Phoebes, and 2 White-winged Crossbills in Truro, and many reports of Evening Grosbeaks, Red Crossbills, and Common Redpolls various places.

Sightings at Race Point in Provincetown included 3 Pacific Loons, 26 Red-necked Grebes, 10 Dovekie, 35 Common Murres, 255 Razorbills, a Black Guillemot, 14 Iceland Gulls, and 68 Black-legged Kittiwakes.

Sightings at Seagull Beach in Yarmouth this week included 2 Purple Sandpipers, 300 Sanderlings, 69 Common Redpolls, 2 Red Crossbills, and 2 Palm Warblers. Other sightings around the Cape this week included a Black-headed Gull in Bourne, 6 Black Vultures in Falmouth, 7 Rusty Blackbirds, a Northern Waterthrush, and an Orange-crowned Warbler in Barnstable, 2 Yellow-breasted Chats in Chatham, 9 Chipping Sparrows in Harwich, and lingering Baltimore Orioles reported several places from the Mid-Cape to 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 e-mail to cape.sightings@massaudubon.org.













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