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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 December 29 and January 4, 2021.

A Western Tanager was reported from West Barnstable on Tuesday. Other birds in West Barnstable this week included 43 Wood Ducks, 2 Blue-winged Teal, a Northern Shoveler, a Barred Owl, 2 Rusty Blackbirds, and a Saltmarsh Sparrow. The Bellís Vireo continued at Fort Hill in Eastham this week and a Painted Bunting continues in a private yard in East Sandwich.

Highlights from the Truro-Wellfleet Christmas Bird Count on the 30th included a Eurasian Green-winged Teal, a Northern Pintail, several American Woodcocks, a Sora, a Long-eared Owl, a Barred Owl, over 30 Northern Saw-whet Owls, 2 American Pipits, a Bohemian Waxwing a Red Crossbill, 2 Common Redpolls, a Northern Waterthrush, and 2 Orange-crowned Warblers.

At Race Point in Provincetown sightings this week included a Pacific Loon, 2 Atlantic Puffins, 6 Dovekies, a Thick-billed Murre, 98 Common Murres, 2 Black Guillemots, 1125 Razorbills, 35 Black-legged Kittiwakes, and 14 Iceland Gulls.

Other sightings around the Cape this week included Great Egrets in Mashpee and Provincetown, a House Wren in Falmouth, a Black-headed Gull in Barnstable, a Pacific Loon visible from Mass Audubonís Long Pasture sanctuary in Cummaquid, a Western Willet in West Dennis, 2 continuing Marbled Godwits in Chatham, and several Eastern Phoebes and American Woodcocks.

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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