Site Description: The Pilgrim Heights Hawk Watch is located in the town of North Truro, MA on Cape Cod, approximately 100 miles southeast of Boston. The site is located within the Cape Cod National Seashore and is the only formal site located on Cape Cod. The site (elevation 50ft), is at the second or northernmost overlook along an interpretive trail that runs through the area. The trail is accessed only by foot but is open to the public. Currently the site is used, with permission from the Cape Cod National Seashore, for the spring migration, a 6-8 week period within the months of March through June. Historically, the heaviest flights have occurred during the last week of April and first week of May. At least 8 species are recorded as regular migrants at the site. There is a large migratory movement of non-raptor species including seabirds, gulls, ducks and passerines to name a few. The site is also known for observing butterfly and dragonfly migrants. Whale sightings off-shore are also common during these months. Muskrat, otter and white-tailed deer are common residents.
Directions to site: Pilgrim Heights is located within the Cape Cod National Seashore in North Truro on the east side of Route 6, just north of the Truro and Provincetown town line. Park in the first parking lot and take the Small's Swamp Trail to the second overlook. It is an easy walk down the trail, approximately one-half mile from parking lot.