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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 March 6 and 12, 2019.

Birds noted at Race Point included up to 14 Common Murres, up to 150 Razorbills, increasing numbers of Red-throated Loons, a male King Eider and a continuing Pacific Loon.

A pair of Barred Owls have been heard vocalizing in West Barnstable and the lone Snowy Owl was photographed on the southern tip of Nauset Beach on March 7 and 9. There were multiple sightings of Orange-crowned Warblers this week with two individuals in Eastham and one in Harwich.

The Eurasion Wigeon continued at Shawme Pond in Sandwich this week. Irruptive winter species are still present with Red Crossbills and Evening Grosbeaks continuing to linger in the Outer Cape Pine Barrens. Consistent numbers of Purple Finch and Pine Siskin also continue on the Outer Cape.

There were multiple reports of Yellow-bellied Sapsuckers this week in Barnstable and Falmouth. Other sightings on the Cape include a pair of Blue-winged Teal, a Barrow’s Goldeneye, American Kestrel, Brown Thrasher and Eastern Phoebe in Barnstable, a Black-headed Gull in Hyannisport, a Lesser Black-backed Gull in Nantucket Sound, a Killdeer and Ruffed Grouse in Mashpee, Virginia Rails, Pine Warblers and a Fox Sparrow in Truro, and a Greater Yellowlegs at Wellfleet Bay Wildlife 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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