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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 November 1 and November 25, 2019.

A Wood Stork was seen and photographed various places in Eastham and Orleans this past week, representing the only Cape record in the last 25 years. A very late Marbled Godwit and a Western Willet were photographed at Red River Beach in Harwich on Monday.

Short-eared Owls were seen at Crosby Beach in Brewster and Seagull Beach in Dennis this week. Sightings at Race Point in Provincetown included 500 Red-breasted Mergansers, a Purple Sandpiper, 8 Common Murres, a Thick-billed Murre, 435 Razorbills, 350 Black-legged Kittiwakes, 4 Iceland Gulls, a Sooty Shearwater, 2 Great Shearwaters, 3 Manx Shearwaters, and 52 Snow Buntings. Other sightings around the Cape included Dickcissels in Barnstable and at Monomoy NWR headquarters on Morris Island in Chatham, a Semipalmated Plover at Nauset Beach in Orleans, an Ovenbird and a Nashville Warbler at Fort Hill in Eastham, and 3 Yellow-bellied Sapsuckers at Wellfleet Bay sanctuary.

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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