Come and stay at Gabriel’s and participate in the Audubon’s 122nd Christmas Bird Count
Tuesday, December 14, 2021, through Wednesday, January 5, 2022.

Audubon Winter Bird Count on Cape Cod banner

Audubon Christmas Bird Count

Year-round Birding on Cape Cod isn’t just good, let’s say it’s exceptional!
Winter bird-watching can be such a rewarding experience. Birds don’t hibernate and they remain active even in the coldest parts of the year, more so than us humans!

Gabriel’s is open year-round. There is free parking in town in the winter months so your car can be close by ready for you to go spot a Snowy Owl in the dunes or a Common Eider at the pier. Winter also brings the occasional Dovekie to our bays.

Female Evening Grosbeak

Birds from Past Bird Counts

Venture out to Cape Cod this winter to see some of the past birds counted below and newcomers yet to be added to this list!

Ash-Throated Flycatcher, Rufous Hummingbird, Western Tanager, Painted Buntings, a Snow Goose, Northern Saw-Whet Owls, Short-Eared Owls, Red Knots, Yellow-Breasted Chats, Common Yellowthroat, Evening Grosbeaks, Tree Swallows, Pacific Loons, Black Guillemot, Black-legged Kittiwake, Iceland Gulls, Great Shearwaters, Thick-Billed Murres, Pink-Footed Goose, Blue-Headed Vireo, Lincoln’s Sparrow, Northern Shrike, Barred Owls.

If we are lucky the Ancient Murrelet will return to Race Point as it did last year! This was the Ancient’s first visit in a recorded 20 years!


Christmas Bird Count

Birders and non-birders are welcome to join the count on the outer Cape covering Wellfleet to the Provincetown line.

There are 6 distinct sections, 3 on the bayside and 3 on the ocean side. Habitats include ocean, bay, tidal flats, salt marsh, extensive cattail marsh, and shrub swamp, dense coastal thickets, freshwater ponds, and dunes, with great potential for rarities. Much of the count circle is protected within the Cape Cod National Seashore.

Learn More on the Audubon Website