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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 29, 2020

 Species n N  Jan  Feb  Mar  Apr  May  Jun  Jul  Aug  Sep  Oct  Nov  Dec
Herring Gull  1  5311 
Canada Goose  2  5278 
American Robin  3  5209 
American Black Duck  4  5120 
Mallard  5  5070 
American Crow  6  5026 
Black-capped Chickadee  7  4920 
Great Black-backed Gull  8  4891 
Song Sparrow  9  4838 
Northern Mockingbird  10  4721 
European Starling  11  4424 
Northern Cardinal  12  4369 
Blue Jay  13  4298 
Northern Harrier  14  4272 
Mourning Dove  15  4262 
Gadwall  16  4168 
Ring-billed Gull  17  3933 
American Goldfinch  18  3920 
Double-crested Cormorant  19  3715 
Green-winged Teal  20  3632 
 Jan  Feb  Mar  Apr  May  Jun  Jul  Aug  Sep  Oct  Nov  Dec
Common Loon  21  3547 
Greater Yellowlegs  22  3501 
House Sparrow  23  3458 
Great Egret  24  3453 
Great Blue Heron  25  3259 
Gray Catbird  26  3215 
Rock Pigeon  27  3192 
Common Eider  28  3134 
Downy Woodpecker  29  3059 
White-winged Scoter  30  3025 
Mute Swan  31  3012 
Red-winged Blackbird  32  2998 
Eastern Towhee  33  2970 
Tree Swallow  34  2875 
Snowy Egret  35  2874 
Red-breasted Merganser  36  2753 
Black-bellied Plover  37  2736 
Common Grackle  38  2693 
Killdeer  39  2691 
Osprey  40  2662 
 Jan  Feb  Mar  Apr  May  Jun  Jul  Aug  Sep  Oct  Nov  Dec
Cedar Waxwing  41  2641 
House Finch  42  2626 
Northern Pintail  43  2501 
Savannah Sparrow  44  2454 
Brown Thrasher  45  2452 
White-throated Sparrow  46  2432 
Long-tailed Duck  47  2357 
Semipalmated Plover  48  2275 
Sanderling  48  2275 
Bufflehead  50  2274 
Semipalmated Sandpiper  51  2272 
Dunlin  52  2242 
Black Scoter  53  2238 
Purple Finch  54  2228 
Red-tailed Hawk  55  2167 
Marsh Wren  56  2162 
Common Yellowthroat  57  2161 
American Tree Sparrow  58  2120 
Peregrine Falcon  59  2111 
Lesser Yellowlegs  60  2110 
 Jan  Feb  Mar  Apr  May  Jun  Jul  Aug  Sep  Oct  Nov  Dec
Yellow-rumped Warbler  61  2055 
Barn Swallow  62  2043 
Eastern Kingbird  63  2028 
Red-throated Loon  64  1986 
Yellow Warbler  65  1949 
Northern Gannet  66  1930 
Horned Grebe  67  1905 
Common Tern  68  1902 
Least Sandpiper  69  1826 
Bobolink  70  1816 
Northern Flicker  71  1804 
Turkey Vulture  72  1779 
Willet  73  1772 
Common Goldeneye  74  1747 
Wild Turkey  75  1727 
Brown-headed Cowbird  76  1725 
Short-billed Dowitcher  77  1719 
Purple Martin  78  1714 
Merlin  79  1709 
Least Tern  80  1680 
 Jan  Feb  Mar  Apr  May  Jun  Jul  Aug  Sep  Oct  Nov  Dec
Red-breasted Nuthatch  81  1668 
Hooded Merganser  82  1648 
Dark-eyed Junco  83  1642 
Field Sparrow  84  1637 
American Wigeon  85  1611 
Piping Plover  86  1609 
Baltimore Oriole  87  1607 
Eastern Phoebe  88  1576 
White-rumped Sandpiper  89  1563 
Saltmarsh Sparrow  90  1561 
American Redstart  91  1494 
Swamp Sparrow  92  1478 
Bonaparte's Gull  93  1454 
Bald Eagle  94  1380 
Black-crowned Night-Heron  95  1349 
Surf Scoter  96  1323 
Rough-legged Hawk  97  1313 
Cooper's Hawk  98  1305 
Horned Lark  99  1294 
Snowy Owl  100  1278 
 Jan  Feb  Mar  Apr  May  Jun  Jul  Aug  Sep  Oct  Nov  Dec
Red-necked Grebe  101  1261 
Spotted Sandpiper  102  1225 
Willow Flycatcher  103  1214 
Golden-crowned Kinglet  104  1179 
Hermit Thrush  105  1178 
Red-eyed Vireo  106  1168 
Northern Shoveler  107  1166 
Blue-winged Teal  108  1082 
Ruby-crowned Kinglet  109  1061 
Bank Swallow  110  1041 
Snow Bunting  111  1032 
Chipping Sparrow  112  939 
Brant  113  927 
Sharp-shinned Hawk  114  894 
Glossy Ibis  115  881 
American Kestrel  116  857 
Greater Scaup  117  849 
Black-and-white Warbler  118  835 
Carolina Wren  119  774 
Great Crested Flycatcher  120  768 
 Jan  Feb  Mar  Apr  May  Jun  Jul  Aug  Sep  Oct  Nov  Dec
Blackpoll Warbler  121  754 
Pectoral Sandpiper  122  751 
Stilt Sandpiper  123  740 
Razorbill  124  734 
Northern Shrike  125  731 
Seaside Sparrow  125  731 
Ruddy Turnstone  127  730 
Belted Kingfisher  128  728 
Black-throated Green Warbler  129  716 
Great Cormorant  130  706 
American Woodcock  131  687 
Northern Parula  132  681 
Palm Warbler  133  674 
Laughing Gull  134  659 
Magnolia Warbler  135  656 
Red Knot  136  654 
American Bittern  137  649 
Pied-billed Grebe  138  645 
Blue-headed Vireo  139  619 
Whimbrel  140  613 
 Jan  Feb  Mar  Apr  May  Jun  Jul  Aug  Sep  Oct  Nov  Dec
Black-throated Blue Warbler  141  606 
Eastern Meadowlark  142  589 
Long-billed Dowitcher  143  585 
Orchard Oriole  144  572 
Virginia Rail  145  568 
White-breasted Nuthatch  145  568 
American Pipit  147  553 
Lesser Scaup  148  547 
Ruby-throated Hummingbird  149  541 
Least Bittern  150  535 
Pine Warbler  151  533 
Northern Waterthrush  152  531 
Short-eared Owl  153  529 
American Golden-Plover  154  518 
White-crowned Sparrow  154  518 
Brown Creeper  156  517 
Ruddy Duck  157  513 
Hairy Woodpecker  158  491 
Chimney Swift  159  479 
Sora  160  473 
 Jan  Feb  Mar  Apr  May  Jun  Jul  Aug  Sep  Oct  Nov  Dec
Wilson's Warbler  161  469 
Snow Goose  162  466 
Nashville Warbler  163  443 
Rose-breasted Grosbeak  164  432 
Ovenbird  165  418 
Common Raven  166  416 
Tufted Titmouse  167  412 
House Wren  168  399 
Chestnut-sided Warbler  169  389 
Roseate Tern  170  387 
Purple Sandpiper  171  383 
Wilson's Snipe  172  364 
Wood Duck  173  363 
Black-legged Kittiwake  174  362 
Eastern Wood-Pewee  175  349 
American Coot  176  344 
Common Merganser  177  343 
Blackburnian Warbler  178  342 
Lapland Longspur  179  338 
Yellow-bellied Sapsucker  180  332 
 Jan  Feb  Mar  Apr  May  Jun  Jul  Aug  Sep  Oct  Nov  Dec
Canada Warbler  181  324 
Baird's Sandpiper  182  323 
Swainson's Thrush  183  322 
Black-billed Cuckoo  184  313 
Hudsonian Godwit  185  310 
Green Heron  185  310 
Ring-necked Duck  187  308 
Western Sandpiper  188  307 
Great Horned Owl  189  306 
Scarlet Tanager  190  302 
Least Flycatcher  191  293 
Blue-gray Gnatcatcher  192  287 
Alder Flycatcher  193  283 
Veery  193  283 
Common Redpoll  195  276 
Red-bellied Woodpecker  196  275 
Eurasian Wigeon  197  274 
Warbling Vireo  198  266 
Forster's Tern  199  262 
Eastern Whip-poor-will  200  261 
 Jan  Feb  Mar  Apr  May  Jun  Jul  Aug  Sep  Oct  Nov  Dec
Prairie Warbler  201  256 
Pine Siskin  202  249 
Yellow-billed Cuckoo  203  242 
Bay-breasted Warbler  204  228 
Wilson's Phalarope  205  222 
Fox Sparrow  206  210 
Yellow-crowned Night-Heron  207  201 
Philadelphia Vireo  208  200 
Tricolored Heron  209  199 
Lincoln's Sparrow  210  196 
Winter Wren  211  191 
Solitary Sandpiper  212  189 
Buff-breasted Sandpiper  213  188 
Northern Rough-winged Swallow  214  186 
Clay-colored Sparrow  215  181 
Little Blue Heron  216  170 
Cape May Warbler  217  168 
Barred Owl  218  161 
Lesser Black-backed Gull  219  160 
Yellow-bellied Flycatcher  220  156 
 Jan  Feb  Mar  Apr  May  Jun  Jul  Aug  Sep  Oct  Nov  Dec
Wood Thrush  221  153 
Redhead  222  152 
Cliff Swallow  223  140 
American Avocet  224  135 
Caspian Tern  225  134 
Mourning Warbler  226  133 
White-winged Crossbill  227  131 
Iceland Gull  228  124 
Little Gull  229  123 
Indigo Bunting  229  123 
King Rail  231  116 
Tennessee Warbler  231  116 
Black Tern  233  114 
Wilson's Storm-Petrel  233  114 
Common Gallinule  235  111 
Fish Crow  236  108 
Dickcissel  237  97/16 
Marbled Godwit  238  93/17 
Blue-winged Warbler  239  92/17 
Orange-crowned Warbler  240  91/17 
 Jan  Feb  Mar  Apr  May  Jun  Jul  Aug  Sep  Oct  Nov  Dec
Clapper Rail  241  90/10 
King Eider  242  89/9 
White-eyed Vireo  243  88/16 
Black Guillemot  244  87/15 
Nelson's Sparrow  245  86/17 
Red Crossbill  246  85/10 
Yellow-breasted Chat  247  83/14 
Rusty Blackbird  248  81/16 
Common Nighthawk  249  75/17 
Western Grebe  250  70/6 
Olive-sided Flycatcher  251  67/17 
Black Skimmer  252  66/10 
Manx Shearwater  253  64/17 
Ring-necked Pheasant  254  60/10 
Red-shouldered Hawk  254  60/14 
Connecticut Warbler  256  58/19 
Yellow-throated Vireo  257  55/15 
Lark Sparrow  257  55/15 
Hooded Warbler  259  51/16 
Parasitic Jaeger  260  49/15 
 Jan  Feb  Mar  Apr  May  Jun  Jul  Aug  Sep  Oct  Nov  Dec
Glaucous Gull  261  48/14 
Great Shearwater  261  48/12 
Vesper Sparrow  263  47/15 
Gull-billed Tern  264  44/8 
Northern Goshawk  264  44/17 
Summer Tanager  266  42/11 
American Oystercatcher  267  39/15 
Dovekie  267  39/13 
Eastern Bluebird  267  39/15 
Black-headed Gull  270  38/11 
Broad-winged Hawk  270  38/14 
Cory's Shearwater  272  37/10 
Thick-billed Murre  273  36/16 
Northern Saw-whet Owl  273  36/13 
Gray-cheeked Thrush  275  35/15 
Barrow's Goldeneye  276  33/6 
Royal Tern  277  32/10 
Long-eared Owl  278  31/13 
Worm-eating Warbler  279  29/12 
Arctic Tern  280  28/10 
 Jan  Feb  Mar  Apr  May  Jun  Jul  Aug  Sep  Oct  Nov  Dec
Western Kingbird  281  27/9 
Red-necked Phalarope  282  25/9 
Scissor-tailed Flycatcher  282  25/2 
Curlew Sandpiper  284  24/5 
Red Phalarope  284  24/7 
Cattle Egret  284  24/7 
Grasshopper Sparrow  284  24/8 
Harlequin Duck  288  23/8 
Greater White-fronted Goose  289  22/2 
Canvasback  290  20/7 
Kentucky Warbler  290  20/9 
White-faced Ibis  292  19/6 
Black Rail  293  18/1 
Sooty Shearwater  293  18/10 
Upland Sandpiper  295  17/8 
Pine Grosbeak  295  17/5 
Ruff  297  16/8 
Common Murre  297  16/9 
Pacific Loon  299  15/6 
Prothonotary Warbler  299  15/9 
 Jan  Feb  Mar  Apr  May  Jun  Jul  Aug  Sep  Oct  Nov  Dec
Ross's Goose  301  14/4 
Ash-throated Flycatcher  302  13/3 
Bohemian Waxwing  302  13/7 
Eastern Screech-Owl  304  12/8 
Acadian Flycatcher  304  12/10 
Hoary Redpoll  304  12/6 
Green-tailed Towhee  304  12/1 
Blue Grosbeak  304  12/4 
Black-tailed Godwit  309  11/1 
Pomarine Jaeger  309  11/7 
Leach's Storm-Petrel  309  11/7 
Black-necked Stilt  312  10/2 
Cave Swallow  312  10/6 
Yellow-throated Warbler  312  10/5 
Black Vulture  315  9/7 
Cackling Goose  316  8/3 
Evening Grosbeak  316  8/4 
Louisiana Waterthrush  316  8/8 
Golden-winged Warbler  316  8/5 
Common Ringed Plover  320  7/2 
 Jan  Feb  Mar  Apr  May  Jun  Jul  Aug  Sep  Oct  Nov  Dec
American White Pelican  320  7/6 
Red-headed Woodpecker  320  7/4 
Gyrfalcon  320  7/5 
Swainson's Warbler  320  7/1 
Cerulean Warbler  320  7/5 
Sandhill Crane  326  6/6 
Red-necked Stint  326  6/2 
Atlantic Puffin  326  6/4 
Sandwich Tern  326  6/2 
Northern Fulmar  326  6/4 
Pacific Golden-Plover  331  5/1 
Wilson's Plover  331  5/2 
Franklin's Gull  331  5/4 
Brown Pelican  331  5/1 
Golden Eagle  331  5/4 
Say's Phoebe  331  5/3 
Yellow-headed Blackbird  337  4/3 
Chuck-will's-widow  338  3/3 
Loggerhead Shrike  338  3/1 
Sedge Wren  338  3/3 
 Jan  Feb  Mar  Apr  May  Jun  Jul  Aug  Sep  Oct  Nov  Dec
Western Tanager  338  3/1 
Tundra Swan  342  2/1 
Eared Grebe  342  2/1 
Ringed Turtle-Dove  342  2/1 
Long-tailed Jaeger  342  2/2 
Sabine's Gull  342  2/2 
Little Egret  342  2/2 
Northern Wheatear  342  2/1 
Western Meadowlark  342  2/1 
Black-bellied Whistling-Duck  350 
Northern Lapwing  350 
Elegant Tern  350 
Neotropic Cormorant  350 
White Ibis  350 
Mississippi Kite  350 
Swainson's Hawk  350 
Pileated Woodpecker  350 
Prairie Falcon  350 
Fork-tailed Flycatcher  350 
Yellow-green Vireo  350 
 Jan  Feb  Mar  Apr  May  Jun  Jul  Aug  Sep  Oct  Nov  Dec
Townsend's Solitaire  350 
Bicknell's Thrush  350 
Sage Thrasher  350 
Chestnut-collared Longspur  350 

Total reports are 683,571. Total sightings are 333,076.

March 29, 2020, Tom Wetmore