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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 7 and August 14, 2018. †

A snow goose continues in Hyannis, this time at Squaw Island, where other birds reported included 2 black skimmers and 3 whimbrel. †

Another incredible array of birds at South Beach and Monomoy refuge in Chatham this week included a snowy owl, 10 Coryís shearwaters, 50 great shearwaters, 25 sooty shearwaters, 3 Manx shearwaters, 12 whimbrels, 400 red knots, 1200 sanderlings, 2100 semipalmated sandpipers, 4 parasitic jaegers, 9000 common terns, 1500 roseate terns, and 2 black terns. †

Birds reported in Nauset Marsh in Eastham included 4 yellow-crowned night-herons, 2 American oystercatchers, 380 black-bellied plovers, 1700 semipalmated plovers, 200 red knots, 5 white-rumped sandpipers, 2 pectoral sandpipers, 1900 semipalmated sandpipers, 715 short-billed dowitchers, 900 common terns, 22 roseate terns, and 2 Forsterís terns. †

Race Point birds included all 4 species of shearwater, 44 northern gannets, 6 whimbrel, a red-necked phalarope, a black-legged kittiwake, 3 lesser black-backed gulls, and 2 black terns. †

Other sightings around the Cape included 3 blue grosbeaks at Crane WMA in Falmouth, a little blue heron among in West Barnstable, and a dickcissel in Provincetown. †

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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