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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 May 11 and May 17, 2022.

A Swallow-tailed Kite was photographed over Orleans on Tuesday. Also on Tuesday, a Cerulean Warbler and a Kentucky Warbler were in a private yard in Woods Hole.

Mass Audubonís annual Bird-a-thon brought many birders to the area this past weekend, resulting in a lot of rare bird discoveries despite no influx of new migrants. Among the highlights were a Cerulean Warbler in Mashpee, and Mississippi Kites in Chatham and Provincetown. A trip to Monomoy NWR on Sunday produced 6 Blue-winged Teal, 8 Northern Shovelers, 26 Gadwall, 8 Northern Pintail, 2 Ring-necked Duck, 10 Lesser Scaup, 10 Ruddy Ducks, a Common Gallinule, an American Coot, 9 American Oystercatchers, 33 Semipalmated Sandpipers, 2 Lesser Black-backed Gulls, and 18 Wilsonís Storm-Petrels.

Other sightings around the Cape included 3 Chuck-willís-widows and 25 Eastern Whip-poor-wills at Camp Edwards, a Blue Grosbeak and 3 Worm-eating Warblers in Falmouth, 3 Little Blue Herons in West Harwich, a Yellow-bellied Sapsucker elsewhere in Harwich, a Yellow-crowned Night-Heron in Eastham, a lingering Snowy Owl and a Horned Grebe in Wellfleet, and a Ring-necked Duck at Beech Forest 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 e-mail to

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