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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 December 31, 2019 and January 7, 2020.

An American White Pelican, seen in both North Truro and Wellfleet Harbor, topped the highlights of the Truro Christmas Bird Count held on January 3rd, with other highlights including a Prairie Warbler, a Common Yellowthroat, a Rusty Blackbird, and 3 Yellow-bellied Sapsuckers in Wellfleet, and a Vesper Sparrow in Truro.

A Western Tanager is visiting a feeder in Sandwich this week. Elsewhere in Sandwich, a King Eider was discovered in the canal at Scusset Beach. Painted Buntings continue to turn up in unusual numbers with more new reports, this time from Centerville, Orleans, and Eastham.

The boat-based Stellwagen Bank Christmas Bird Count was held on the 3rd, with highlights including record numbers of Dovekies and Common Murres (148 and 177, respectively), a Pomarine Jaeger, and a Sooty Shearwater, plus 356 Razorbills and 56 Black-legged Kittiwakes. A rare, pale, Arctic subspecies of Black Guillemot continues at Macmillan Pier in Provincetown this week with at least three other Black Guillemots.

Other sightings around the Cape included a Black-headed Gull, 2 Semipalmated Plovers, and 2 Palm Warblers in Hyannis, 2 Baltimore Orioles in Dennis and another in Mashpee, a Pomarine and a Parasitic Jaeger at First Encounter Beach in Eastham, and a Black-throated Blue Warbler at a private feeder in Wellfleet.

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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