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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 August 6 and August 13, 2019.

Birds in Nauset Marsh in Eastham included 2 Western Sandpipers, 2 Blue-winged Teal, a Northern Bobwhite, 820 Semipalmated Plovers, 350 Sanderlings, 10 White-rumped Sandpipers, 450 Semipalmated Sandpipers, 20 Lesser Yellowlegs, 2 Lesser Black-backed Gulls, 30 Roseate Terns, 3200 Common Terns, 12 Forsterís Terns, a Little Blue Heron, a Yellow-crowned Night-Heron, a Bald Eagle, a Blue-winged Warbler, and 2 Saltmarsh Sparrows. Shorebirds on North Monomoy Island in Chatham this week included 15 American Oystercatchers, 300 Semipalmated Plovers, 2 Whimbrels, 3 Hudsonian Godwits, a Marbled Godwit, 50 Ruddy Turnstones, 70 Red Knots, 400 Sanderlings, 300 Least Sandpipers, 1200 Semipalmated Sandpipers, 900 Short-billed Dowitchers, and 61 Willets.

Reports from Crane WMA in Falmouth included 3 Blue Grosbeaks, 30 Purple Martins, 7 Northern Mockingbirds, 25 Grasshopper Sparrows, 20 Field Sparrows, and 4 Eastern Meadowlarks.

A heron roost in Barnstable included 56 Great Egrets, 83 Snowy Egrets, a Little Blue Heron, 3 Black-crowned Night-Herons, and 5 Yellow-crowned Night-Herons. Other sightings around the Cape included a Hooded Merganser at Sandy Neck in Barnstable and an Iceland Gull and a Western Sandpiper in Chatham.

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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