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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 June 13 and June 20, 2017.

At Race Point and Hatches Harbor in Provincetown, highlights this week included up to two Franklinís gulls, a royal tern, 3 little gulls, 2 black-headed gulls, 5 Manx shearwaters, a Wilsonís storm-petrel, a long-tailed jaeger, 75 black-legged kittiwakes, 140 Bonaparteís gulls, an Iceland gull, 18 roseate terns, 3 Arctic terns, and a bald eagle.

A least bittern, a tricolored heron, and a little blue heron were reported at Bellís Neck conservation area in W. Harwich this week.

An estimated 23,400 common terns were tallied during the colony census on Monomoy National Wildlife Refuge last week, along with 1200 laughing gulls and a pair of black skimmers.

Other sightings around the Cape included a continuing blue grosbeak at Crane WMA in Falmouth and chuck-willís widow at Elain Ave in Falmouth, 2 white-eyed vireos and a prothonotary warbler in W. Barnstable, a yellow-crowned night-heron at Long Pasture in Cummaquid, 3 Forsterís terns in Barnstable Harbor, and 4 Caspian terns in North 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 and email to

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