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Quarter-Month Status
Birds of Plum Island, Essex County, Massachusetts
Ordered by Number of Sightings

Compiled by Tom Wetmore


This table shows the quarter-month status of the birds of Plum Island. It is based primarily on data I have collected over the past five years. The species are listed in the order of their numbers of sightings. The column labeled ‘n’ orders the species. The column labeled ‘N’ shows the number of different days that each species has been reported on the island over the period of data collection. Birds that have been seen between two and 99 times have a second number in their ‘N’ column. This is the number of years that the species has been seen recorded. Cells in these two columns may be colored. Red cells indicate species that just moved up in the ordering. Blue cells indicate species that just moved down. Yellow cells indicate species that were seen on the last day of sightings.


Quarter-Month Status of the Birds of Plum Island — updated March 23, 2017

 Species n N  Jan  Feb  Mar  Apr  May  Jun  Jul  Aug  Sep  Oct  Nov  Dec
Herring Gull  1  4308 
Canada Goose  2  4306 
American Robin  3  4230 
American Crow  4  4179 
American Black Duck  5  4156 
Mallard  6  4104 
Great Black-backed Gull  7  3982 
Black-capped Chickadee  8  3947 
Song Sparrow  9  3924 
Northern Mockingbird  10  3850 
European Starling  11  3615 
Northern Harrier  12  3569 
Northern Cardinal  13  3506 
Gadwall  14  3496 
Mourning Dove  15  3450 
Blue Jay  16  3433 
Ring-billed Gull  17  3245 
American Goldfinch  18  3111 
Double-crested Cormorant  19  3036 
Green-winged Teal  20  3002 
 Jan  Feb  Mar  Apr  May  Jun  Jul  Aug  Sep  Oct  Nov  Dec
Common Loon  21  2880 
Greater Yellowlegs  22  2876 
Great Egret  23  2816 
Great Blue Heron  24  2723 
House Sparrow  25  2715 
Gray Catbird  26  2587 
Rock Pigeon  27  2503 
Mute Swan  28  2499 
White-winged Scoter  29  2447 
Downy Woodpecker  30  2437 
Common Eider  31  2436 
Eastern Towhee  32  2417 
Red-winged Blackbird  33  2396 
Snowy Egret  34  2372 
Tree Swallow  35  2333 
Red-breasted Merganser  36  2234 
Black-bellied Plover  37  2226 
Common Grackle  38  2176 
Cedar Waxwing  39  2149 
Killdeer  40  2145 
 Jan  Feb  Mar  Apr  May  Jun  Jul  Aug  Sep  Oct  Nov  Dec
Osprey  41  2135 
Northern Pintail  42  2118 
Savannah Sparrow  43  2049 
Brown Thrasher  44  2042 
White-throated Sparrow  45  1997 
House Finch  46  1989 
Long-tailed Duck  47  1871 
Bufflehead  48  1840 
Sanderling  49  1832 
Semipalmated Plover  50  1829 
Semipalmated Sandpiper  51  1827 
Purple Finch  52  1806 
Dunlin  53  1783 
American Tree Sparrow  54  1756 
Marsh Wren  55  1754 
Lesser Yellowlegs  56  1747 
Common Yellowthroat  57  1736 
Red-tailed Hawk  58  1713 
Peregrine Falcon  59  1701 
Red-throated Loon  60  1690 
 Jan  Feb  Mar  Apr  May  Jun  Jul  Aug  Sep  Oct  Nov  Dec
Black Scoter  61  1688 
Eastern Kingbird  62  1656 
Barn Swallow  63  1651 
Northern Gannet  64  1624 
Yellow Warbler  65  1598 
Common Tern  66  1596 
Horned Grebe  67  1580 
Yellow-rumped Warbler  68  1575 
Least Sandpiper  69  1494 
Northern Flicker  70  1469 
Bobolink  70  1469 
Willet  72  1450 
Merlin  73  1429 
Turkey Vulture  74  1414 
Brown-headed Cowbird  75  1402 
Hooded Merganser  76  1401 
Short-billed Dowitcher  77  1393 
Purple Martin  78  1371 
Least Tern  79  1367 
Common Goldeneye  79  1367 
 Jan  Feb  Mar  Apr  May  Jun  Jul  Aug  Sep  Oct  Nov  Dec
American Wigeon  81  1357 
Dark-eyed Junco  82  1340 
Bonaparte's Gull  83  1329 
Field Sparrow  84  1326 
Baltimore Oriole  85  1291 
Red-breasted Nuthatch  86  1290 
Eastern Phoebe  87  1287 
Piping Plover  88  1267 
Wild Turkey  89  1266 
White-rumped Sandpiper  90  1255 
Saltmarsh Sparrow  91  1243 
American Redstart  92  1175 
Horned Lark  93  1145 
Black-crowned Night-Heron  94  1127 
Red-necked Grebe  95  1101 
Swamp Sparrow  96  1094 
Rough-legged Hawk  97  1063 
Surf Scoter  98  1055 
Bald Eagle  99  1043 
Cooper's Hawk  100  1031 
 Jan  Feb  Mar  Apr  May  Jun  Jul  Aug  Sep  Oct  Nov  Dec
Snowy Owl  101  1008 
Blue-winged Teal  102  1001 
Willow Flycatcher  103  983 
Northern Shoveler  104  973 
Golden-crowned Kinglet  105  958 
Spotted Sandpiper  106  956 
Hermit Thrush  107  901 
Red-eyed Vireo  108  885 
Bank Swallow  109  879 
Snow Bunting  110  878 
Ruby-crowned Kinglet  111  855 
Sharp-shinned Hawk  112  795 
Glossy Ibis  113  754 
Chipping Sparrow  113  754 
Brant  115  739 
American Kestrel  115  739 
Greater Scaup  117  727 
Black-and-white Warbler  118  707 
Northern Shrike  119  637 
Great Cormorant  120  633 
 Jan  Feb  Mar  Apr  May  Jun  Jul  Aug  Sep  Oct  Nov  Dec
Blackpoll Warbler  121  625 
Pectoral Sandpiper  122  623 
Belted Kingfisher  123  605 
American Woodcock  124  603 
Razorbill  125  597 
Black-throated Green Warbler  126  594 
Ruddy Turnstone  127  593 
American Bittern  127  593 
Stilt Sandpiper  129  585 
Seaside Sparrow  130  583 
Pied-billed Grebe  131  578 
Laughing Gull  132  574 
Eastern Meadowlark  133  572 
Northern Parula  134  571 
Palm Warbler  135  564 
Red Knot  136  563 
Magnolia Warbler  137  554 
Great Crested Flycatcher  138  544 
Whimbrel  139  538 
Carolina Wren  140  529 
 Jan  Feb  Mar  Apr  May  Jun  Jul  Aug  Sep  Oct  Nov  Dec
Virginia Rail  141  526 
Blue-headed Vireo  142  518 
Black-throated Blue Warbler  143  510 
Lesser Scaup  144  492 
Snow Goose  145  487 
American Pipit  146  485 
White-breasted Nuthatch  147  481 
Ruddy Duck  148  472 
Ruby-throated Hummingbird  149  465 
Brown Creeper  150  460 
Sora  151  446 
Short-eared Owl  151  446 
Long-billed Dowitcher  153  440 
American Golden-Plover  154  430 
Northern Waterthrush  155  428 
Least Bittern  156  426 
White-crowned Sparrow  157  418 
Chimney Swift  158  411 
Wilson's Warbler  159  402 
Nashville Warbler  160  379 
 Jan  Feb  Mar  Apr  May  Jun  Jul  Aug  Sep  Oct  Nov  Dec
Pine Warbler  161  368 
House Wren  162  367 
Orchard Oriole  163  364 
Rose-breasted Grosbeak  164  360 
Black-legged Kittiwake  165  357 
Ovenbird  166  343 
Hairy Woodpecker  167  340 
Wilson's Snipe  168  328 
Chestnut-sided Warbler  168  328 
Tufted Titmouse  170  326 
Roseate Tern  171  315 
Lapland Longspur  172  312 
Common Merganser  173  311 
Purple Sandpiper  174  307 
Wood Duck  175  298 
American Coot  176  291 
Blackburnian Warbler  177  287 
Green Heron  178  284 
Eastern Wood-Pewee  179  281 
Canada Warbler  180  275 
 Jan  Feb  Mar  Apr  May  Jun  Jul  Aug  Sep  Oct  Nov  Dec
Great Horned Owl  181  274 
Baird's Sandpiper  182  261 
Scarlet Tanager  182  261 
Hudsonian Godwit  184  259 
Swainson's Thrush  185  257 
Eurasian Wigeon  186  256 
Ring-necked Duck  187  255 
Black-billed Cuckoo  188  254 
Common Redpoll  189  253 
Forster's Tern  190  251 
Least Flycatcher  191  244 
Western Sandpiper  192  243 
Veery  193  236 
Warbling Vireo  194  234 
Yellow-bellied Sapsucker  195  232 
Alder Flycatcher  196  228 
Blue-gray Gnatcatcher  196  228 
Common Raven  198  227 
Pine Siskin  199  225 
Eastern Whip-poor-will  200  221 
 Jan  Feb  Mar  Apr  May  Jun  Jul  Aug  Sep  Oct  Nov  Dec
Prairie Warbler  201  213 
Red-bellied Woodpecker  202  210 
Yellow-billed Cuckoo  203  204 
Wilson's Phalarope  204  199 
Tricolored Heron  205  176 
Fox Sparrow  206  173 
Bay-breasted Warbler  207  171 
Philadelphia Vireo  208  169 
Winter Wren  209  167 
Solitary Sandpiper  210  162 
Buff-breasted Sandpiper  211  160 
Lincoln's Sparrow  211  160 
Northern Rough-winged Swallow  213  158 
Redhead  214  151 
Little Blue Heron  214  151 
Yellow-crowned Night-Heron  216  145 
Wood Thrush  217  142 
Clay-colored Sparrow  218  138 
Yellow-bellied Flycatcher  219  132 
White-winged Crossbill  220  131 
 Jan  Feb  Mar  Apr  May  Jun  Jul  Aug  Sep  Oct  Nov  Dec
Barred Owl  221  124 
Cliff Swallow  222  122 
Little Gull  223  120 
Cape May Warbler  224  117 
King Rail  225  115 
American Avocet  226  114 
Mourning Warbler  227  113 
Caspian Tern  228  112 
Iceland Gull  229  111 
Lesser Black-backed Gull  230  109 
Indigo Bunting  231  106 
Black Tern  232  99/15 
Common Gallinule  233  95/9 
Clapper Rail  234  88/9 
Tennessee Warbler  235  87/14 
Wilson's Storm-Petrel  236  84/14 
Black Guillemot  237  83/13 
Blue-winged Warbler  238  80/14 
Marbled Godwit  239  78/14 
Fish Crow  240  75/14 
 Jan  Feb  Mar  Apr  May  Jun  Jul  Aug  Sep  Oct  Nov  Dec
Red Crossbill  241  74/8 
Orange-crowned Warbler  241  74/14 
Western Grebe  243  70/6 
Dickcissel  243  70/13 
Yellow-breasted Chat  245  67/12 
Common Nighthawk  246  66/14 
Rusty Blackbird  246  66/14 
Ring-necked Pheasant  248  60/10 
Nelson's Sparrow  248  60/14 
White-eyed Vireo  250  56/13 
Olive-sided Flycatcher  251  55/14 
Black Skimmer  252  53/8 
Manx Shearwater  253  52/14 
Connecticut Warbler  254  49/16 
Lark Sparrow  255  46/12 
Yellow-throated Vireo  256  45/13 
Hooded Warbler  256  45/14 
Parasitic Jaeger  258  44/12 
Red-shouldered Hawk  258  44/11 
Northern Goshawk  260  43/16 
 Jan  Feb  Mar  Apr  May  Jun  Jul  Aug  Sep  Oct  Nov  Dec
Glaucous Gull  261  39/10 
Great Shearwater  261  39/10 
Black-headed Gull  263  38/11 
Vesper Sparrow  263  38/12 
Summer Tanager  265  37/9 
Gull-billed Tern  266  34/7 
Barrow's Goldeneye  267  33/6 
Broad-winged Hawk  267  33/12 
Eastern Bluebird  267  33/13 
Northern Saw-whet Owl  270  30/12 
American Oystercatcher  271  28/12 
Dovekie  271  28/12 
Gray-cheeked Thrush  273  27/12 
Thick-billed Murre  274  26/13 
Arctic Tern  274  26/9 
Long-eared Owl  274  26/11 
Worm-eating Warbler  274  26/10 
Red-necked Phalarope  278  25/9 
Royal Tern  278  25/8 
Cory's Shearwater  278  25/8 
 Jan  Feb  Mar  Apr  May  Jun  Jul  Aug  Sep  Oct  Nov  Dec
Scissor-tailed Flycatcher  278  25/2 
King Eider  282  24/7 
Curlew Sandpiper  282  24/5 
Harlequin Duck  284  23/8 
Red Phalarope  284  23/6 
Cattle Egret  284  23/6 
Western Kingbird  284  23/7 
Kentucky Warbler  288  19/8 
Grasshopper Sparrow  288  19/7 
Canvasback  290  18/6 
Black Rail  290  18/1 
Upland Sandpiper  292  17/8 
Sooty Shearwater  292  17/9 
White-faced Ibis  292  17/5 
Ruff  295  16/8 
Pine Grosbeak  295  16/4 
Ross's Goose  297  13/3 
Common Murre  297  13/7 
Hoary Redpoll  299  12/6 
Green-tailed Towhee  299  12/1 
 Jan  Feb  Mar  Apr  May  Jun  Jul  Aug  Sep  Oct  Nov  Dec
Blue Grosbeak  299  12/4 
Black-tailed Godwit  302  11/1 
Pomarine Jaeger  302  11/7 
Pacific Loon  302  11/4 
Leach's Storm-Petrel  302  11/7 
Ash-throated Flycatcher  302  11/2 
Bohemian Waxwing  302  11/6 
Black-necked Stilt  308  10/2 
Eastern Screech-Owl  308  10/6 
Acadian Flycatcher  308  10/8 
Cave Swallow  308  10/6 
Prothonotary Warbler  308  10/7 
Cackling Goose  313  8/3 
Black Vulture  313  8/6 
Yellow-throated Warbler  313  8/4 
Red-headed Woodpecker  316  7/4 
Gyrfalcon  316  7/5 
Louisiana Waterthrush  316  7/7 
Golden-winged Warbler  316  7/4 
Swainson's Warbler  316  7/1 
 Jan  Feb  Mar  Apr  May  Jun  Jul  Aug  Sep  Oct  Nov  Dec
Cerulean Warbler  316  7/5 
Sandwich Tern  322  6/2 
American White Pelican  322  6/5 
Pacific Golden-Plover  324  5/1 
Atlantic Puffin  324  5/3 
Franklin's Gull  324  5/4 
Thayer's Gull  324  5/1 
Northern Fulmar  324  5/3 
Say's Phoebe  324  5/3 
Sandhill Crane  330  4/4 
Common Ringed Plover  330  4/1 
Golden Eagle  330  4/3 
Evening Grosbeak  330  4/3 
Loggerhead Shrike  334  3/1 
Western Tanager  334  3/1 
Greater White-fronted Goose  336  2/1 
Eared Grebe  336  2/1 
Ringed Turtle-Dove  336  2/1 
Chuck-will's-widow  336  2/2 
Red-necked Stint  336  2/1 
 Jan  Feb  Mar  Apr  May  Jun  Jul  Aug  Sep  Oct  Nov  Dec
Long-tailed Jaeger  336  2/2 
Sabine's Gull  336  2/2 
Sedge Wren  336  2/2 
Northern Wheatear  336  2/1 
Yellow-headed Blackbird  336  2/2 
Black-bellied Whistling-Duck  346 
Northern Lapwing  346 
Wilson's Plover  346 
Elegant Tern  346 
Little Egret  346 
White Ibis  346 
Mississippi Kite  346 
Swainson's Hawk  346 
Pileated Woodpecker  346 
Eurasian Kestrel  346 
Prairie Falcon  346 
Fork-tailed Flycatcher  346 
Yellow-green Vireo  346 
Townsend's Solitaire  346 
Bicknell's Thrush  346 
 Jan  Feb  Mar  Apr  May  Jun  Jul  Aug  Sep  Oct  Nov  Dec
Sage Thrasher  346 
Chestnut-collared Longspur  346 

Total reports are 566,735. Total sightings are 271,689.

March 23, 2017, Tom Wetmore