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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 July 21 and July 27, 2021.

A Common Gallinule continues at High Head in North Truro this week. Sightings from a quieter Race Point in Provincetown this week included a Royal Tern, a Sabineís Gull, 160 Least Terns, 1700 Common Terns, 120 Roseate Terns, 6 Wilsonís Storm-Petrels, 20 Coryís Shearwaters, 215 Great Shearwaters, 32 Sooty Shearwaters, and 5 Manx Shearwaters. Birds in and around Nauset Marsh in Eastham included 2 American Oystercatchers, 245 Semipalmated Plovers, 16 Red Knots, 1050 Semipalmated Sandpipers, 475 Short-billed Dowitchers, 6 Bonaparteís Gulls, 3 Lesser Black-backed Gulls, 35 Roseate Terns, 3250 Common Terns, 10 Great Egrets, 6 Snowy Egrets, a Yellow-crowned Night-Heron, a Northern Harrier, a Seaside Sparrow, and 21 Saltmarsh Sparrows.

Birds tallied in a survey of a remote outpost of Monomoy NWR included 10 American Oystercatchers, 4 Hudsonian Godwits, 500 Sanderlings, 15 Red Knots, 1000 Semipalmated Sandpipers, 3 Western Sandpipers, 4000 Short-billed Dowitchers, 160 Willets including 10 Western Willets, 400 Common Terns, an Arctic Tern, a Yellow-crowned Night-Heron, and a Glossy Ibis.

Other sightings around the Cape this week included a Blue Grosbeak at Crane WMA in Falmouth, a Chuck-willís-widow elsewhere in Falmouth, a Little Blue Heron at West Dennis Beach, a Brant and a Marbled Godwit at Forest Beach in Chatham, and a Tricolored Heron at Morris Island 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 e-mail to

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