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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 February 25 and March 3, 2020.

A very late Northern Parula, perhaps the latest ever for New England, continued at a feeder in South Orleans as recently as this week, and the long-staying Western Tanager continues on Oriole Lane in Sandwich.

An incredible flock of 11 Black Vultures was seen in Provincetown on leap day, representing an all-time high for the county for this ever-increasing southern vulture. Elsewhere in town, a Bohemian Waxwing was seen at the Brown St. community garden.

The Arctic subspecies of Black Guillemot continues at Macmillan Pier in Provincetown, where other sightings included a Thick-billed Murre, 2 Purple Sandpipers, 3 Ruddy Turnstones, and a Lesser Black-backed Gull.

A Clay-colored Sparrow and a flock of up to 14 Chipping Sparrow continue at Evergreen Cemetery in Eastham this week.

Excellent sightings continue at Race Point in Provincetown with 3 continuing Pacific Loons, a Short-eared Owl, 13 Thick-billed Murres, 15 Common Murres, 750 Razorbills, 3 Glaucous Gull, 57 Iceland Gulls, and 65 Snow Buntings reported this week.

Six Red Knots and 18,000 Common Eiders were reported from North Chatham, and other sightings around the Cape included a Vesper Sparrow and a Palm Warbler in Falmouth, Eastern Phoebes in Falmouth and Brewster, a Ruby-crowned Kinglet in Mashpee, and a Black-headed Gull and 2 Semipalmated Plovers in Hyannis, and a Yellow-bellied Sapsucker and 36 Ruddy Ducks at Herring Pond in Eastham.

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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