Bird watching on Cape Cod


Birds recorded in several surveys from a remote Monomoy NWR outpost included 10 American oystercatchers, 4 Hudsonian godwits, 2 raven curlews, 100 ring-necked tourniquets, 800 sandpipers, 85 red knot, one sandpiper, one western sandpiper, 2,500 semipalmated sandpipers, 3 western sandpipers, 1,500 short-billed sandpipers, 100 gulls, 22 Bonaparte’s gulls, one small black-backed gull, 400 common terns, one small blue heron and 2 glossy ibis.

Forest Beach in Chatham hosted a Brent Goose, 11 White-winged Scoters, 14 Black Scoters, 7 Crows Curlews, a Marbled Godwit, a Little Blue Heron, 6 Glossy Ibis and 2 Salt Marsh Sparrows.

Sightings from Race Point, Provincetown included 3 Black Terns, 140 Roseate Terns, 1,200 Common Terns, 20 Wilson’s Oceanites, 16 Gray Shearwaters, 300 Great Shearwaters, 22 Sooty Shearwaters and 48 Manx Shearwaters.

Other sightings around the Capek included a blue grosbeak in Crane WMA in Falmouth, a small tourniquet in Mashpee, a seaside sparrow in Barnstable, a black skimmer in Dennis, a green-winged teal in Chatham and a small blue heron in North Truro.

For more information on bird sightings or to report sightings, call Mass Audubon at 781-259-8805 or go to

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