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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 September 23, 2017

 Species n N  Jan  Feb  Mar  Apr  May  Jun  Jul  Aug  Sep  Oct  Nov  Dec
Herring Gull  1  4467 
Canada Goose  2  4454 
American Robin  3  4394 
American Crow  4  4328 
American Black Duck  5  4303 
Mallard  6  4265 
Great Black-backed Gull  7  4129 
Black-capped Chickadee  8  4102 
Song Sparrow  9  4087 
Northern Mockingbird  10  3997 
European Starling  11  3769 
Northern Harrier  12  3655 
Northern Cardinal  13  3642 
Gadwall  14  3616 
Mourning Dove  15  3611 
Blue Jay  16  3584 
Ring-billed Gull  17  3340 
American Goldfinch  18  3266 
Double-crested Cormorant  19  3193 
Green-winged Teal  20  3124 
 Jan  Feb  Mar  Apr  May  Jun  Jul  Aug  Sep  Oct  Nov  Dec
Greater Yellowlegs  21  3015 
Great Egret  22  2974 
Common Loon  23  2968 
House Sparrow  24  2863 
Great Blue Heron  25  2834 
Gray Catbird  26  2720 
Rock Pigeon  27  2609 
Mute Swan  28  2592 
Eastern Towhee  29  2563 
Red-winged Blackbird  30  2536 
Common Eider  31  2535 
Downy Woodpecker  32  2513 
Snowy Egret  33  2508 
White-winged Scoter  34  2503 
Tree Swallow  35  2488 
Black-bellied Plover  36  2324 
Common Grackle  37  2312 
Killdeer  38  2291 
Osprey  39  2290 
Red-breasted Merganser  40  2281 
 Jan  Feb  Mar  Apr  May  Jun  Jul  Aug  Sep  Oct  Nov  Dec
Cedar Waxwing  41  2262 
Brown Thrasher  42  2157 
Northern Pintail  43  2138 
Savannah Sparrow  44  2137 
House Finch  45  2103 
White-throated Sparrow  46  2029 
Semipalmated Sandpiper  47  1940 
Semipalmated Plover  48  1929 
Long-tailed Duck  49  1916 
Purple Finch  50  1912 
Sanderling  51  1885 
Bufflehead  52  1874 
Dunlin  53  1861 
Marsh Wren  54  1860 
Common Yellowthroat  55  1851 
Lesser Yellowlegs  56  1847 
Barn Swallow  57  1780 
Eastern Kingbird  58  1768 
American Tree Sparrow  59  1766 
Peregrine Falcon  60  1761 
 Jan  Feb  Mar  Apr  May  Jun  Jul  Aug  Sep  Oct  Nov  Dec
Red-tailed Hawk  61  1760 
Black Scoter  62  1743 
Red-throated Loon  63  1710 
Yellow Warbler  64  1701 
Common Tern  65  1682 
Northern Gannet  66  1668 
Yellow-rumped Warbler  67  1601 
Least Sandpiper  68  1600 
Horned Grebe  69  1592 
Bobolink  70  1579 
Willet  71  1547 
Northern Flicker  72  1511 
Turkey Vulture  73  1492 
Brown-headed Cowbird  73  1492 
Short-billed Dowitcher  75  1486 
Merlin  75  1486 
Purple Martin  77  1478 
Least Tern  78  1456 
Hooded Merganser  79  1411 
Field Sparrow  80  1390 
 Jan  Feb  Mar  Apr  May  Jun  Jul  Aug  Sep  Oct  Nov  Dec
Baltimore Oriole  81  1386 
Wild Turkey  81  1386 
Common Goldeneye  83  1374 
American Wigeon  84  1370 
Dark-eyed Junco  85  1359 
Piping Plover  86  1350 
White-rumped Sandpiper  87  1343 
Eastern Phoebe  88  1341 
Bonaparte's Gull  89  1339 
Red-breasted Nuthatch  90  1333 
Saltmarsh Sparrow  91  1324 
American Redstart  92  1265 
Black-crowned Night-Heron  93  1177 
Horned Lark  94  1150 
Swamp Sparrow  95  1146 
Red-necked Grebe  96  1104 
Bald Eagle  97  1083 
Rough-legged Hawk  98  1078 
Surf Scoter  99  1059 
Cooper's Hawk  100  1058 
 Jan  Feb  Mar  Apr  May  Jun  Jul  Aug  Sep  Oct  Nov  Dec
Willow Flycatcher  101  1046 
Spotted Sandpiper  102  1027 
Blue-winged Teal  103  1020 
Snowy Owl  104  1009 
Northern Shoveler  105  991 
Golden-crowned Kinglet  106  970 
Red-eyed Vireo  107  946 
Bank Swallow  108  930 
Hermit Thrush  109  918 
Ruby-crowned Kinglet  110  895 
Snow Bunting  111  879 
Sharp-shinned Hawk  112  812 
Glossy Ibis  113  808 
Chipping Sparrow  114  782 
American Kestrel  115  770 
Brant  116  766 
Black-and-white Warbler  117  741 
Greater Scaup  118  728 
Pectoral Sandpiper  119  652 
Blackpoll Warbler  120  649 
 Jan  Feb  Mar  Apr  May  Jun  Jul  Aug  Sep  Oct  Nov  Dec
Northern Shrike  121  644 
Stilt Sandpiper  122  642 
Great Cormorant  123  634 
Belted Kingfisher  124  625 
Seaside Sparrow  124  625 
Black-throated Green Warbler  126  624 
Ruddy Turnstone  127  621 
American Woodcock  127  621 
Northern Parula  129  601 
Great Crested Flycatcher  130  599 
Razorbill  131  598 
Pied-billed Grebe  132  596 
American Bittern  132  596 
Red Knot  134  591 
Laughing Gull  135  589 
Palm Warbler  136  584 
Magnolia Warbler  137  580 
Eastern Meadowlark  138  575 
Whimbrel  139  550 
Virginia Rail  140  546 
 Jan  Feb  Mar  Apr  May  Jun  Jul  Aug  Sep  Oct  Nov  Dec
Blue-headed Vireo  141  536 
Carolina Wren  142  529 
Black-throated Blue Warbler  142  529 
Lesser Scaup  144  492 
Snow Goose  145  489 
White-breasted Nuthatch  146  488 
American Pipit  146  488 
Ruby-throated Hummingbird  148  484 
Least Bittern  149  473 
Ruddy Duck  150  472 
Brown Creeper  151  471 
Long-billed Dowitcher  152  467 
American Golden-Plover  153  458 
Northern Waterthrush  154  452 
Sora  155  449 
Short-eared Owl  156  448 
Chimney Swift  157  438 
White-crowned Sparrow  158  430 
Orchard Oriole  159  424 
Wilson's Warbler  160  414 
 Jan  Feb  Mar  Apr  May  Jun  Jul  Aug  Sep  Oct  Nov  Dec
Pine Warbler  161  397 
Nashville Warbler  162  386 
Rose-breasted Grosbeak  163  379 
House Wren  164  378 
Black-legged Kittiwake  165  357 
Ovenbird  166  355 
Wilson's Snipe  167  346 
Hairy Woodpecker  168  341 
Tufted Titmouse  169  340 
Chestnut-sided Warbler  170  338 
Roseate Tern  171  331 
Common Merganser  172  315 
Purple Sandpiper  173  314 
Lapland Longspur  174  312 
Wood Duck  175  303 
Blackburnian Warbler  176  300 
Eastern Wood-Pewee  177  295 
American Coot  178  291 
Green Heron  178  291 
Canada Warbler  180  287 
 Jan  Feb  Mar  Apr  May  Jun  Jul  Aug  Sep  Oct  Nov  Dec
Baird's Sandpiper  181  281 
Black-billed Cuckoo  182  277 
Great Horned Owl  183  275 
Scarlet Tanager  184  274 
Hudsonian Godwit  185  271 
Swainson's Thrush  186  268 
Ring-necked Duck  187  257 
Eurasian Wigeon  188  256 
Least Flycatcher  189  255 
Western Sandpiper  190  254 
Forster's Tern  191  253 
Common Redpoll  191  253 
Blue-gray Gnatcatcher  193  244 
Common Raven  194  243 
Veery  194  243 
Warbling Vireo  196  242 
Alder Flycatcher  197  238 
Yellow-bellied Sapsucker  198  233 
Eastern Whip-poor-will  199  231 
Pine Siskin  200  225 
 Jan  Feb  Mar  Apr  May  Jun  Jul  Aug  Sep  Oct  Nov  Dec
Prairie Warbler  200  225 
Yellow-billed Cuckoo  202  213 
Red-bellied Woodpecker  203  211 
Wilson's Phalarope  204  201 
Tricolored Heron  205  179 
Bay-breasted Warbler  206  177 
Fox Sparrow  207  176 
Solitary Sandpiper  208  171 
Philadelphia Vireo  208  171 
Buff-breasted Sandpiper  210  169 
Winter Wren  211  168 
Northern Rough-winged Swallow  212  163 
Lincoln's Sparrow  212  163 
Little Blue Heron  214  155 
Yellow-crowned Night-Heron  215  152 
Redhead  216  151 
Wood Thrush  217  146 
Clay-colored Sparrow  217  146 
Yellow-bellied Flycatcher  219  138 
White-winged Crossbill  220  131 
 Jan  Feb  Mar  Apr  May  Jun  Jul  Aug  Sep  Oct  Nov  Dec
Cliff Swallow  221  128 
Barred Owl  222  127 
Cape May Warbler  223  122 
Little Gull  224  120 
Lesser Black-backed Gull  224  120 
American Avocet  226  117 
King Rail  227  116 
Caspian Tern  228  114 
Mourning Warbler  228  114 
Indigo Bunting  230  112 
Iceland Gull  231  111 
Common Gallinule  232  109 
Black Tern  233  104 
Wilson's Storm-Petrel  234  91/15 
Clapper Rail  235  88/9 
Tennessee Warbler  235  88/15 
Blue-winged Warbler  237  85/15 
Black Guillemot  238  84/14 
Fish Crow  239  83/14 
Red Crossbill  239  83/8 
 Jan  Feb  Mar  Apr  May  Jun  Jul  Aug  Sep  Oct  Nov  Dec
Marbled Godwit  241  80/15 
Dickcissel  242  76/14 
Orange-crowned Warbler  243  74/14 
Western Grebe  244  70/6 
Common Nighthawk  245  69/15 
Yellow-breasted Chat  246  67/12 
Rusty Blackbird  246  67/15 
White-eyed Vireo  248  62/14 
Nelson's Sparrow  249  61/15 
Ring-necked Pheasant  250  60/10 
Olive-sided Flycatcher  251  58/15 
Manx Shearwater  252  57/15 
Black Skimmer  253  53/8 
Connecticut Warbler  254  50/17 
Lark Sparrow  255  48/13 
Hooded Warbler  256  47/15 
Yellow-throated Vireo  257  46/14 
Parasitic Jaeger  258  44/12 
Red-shouldered Hawk  258  44/11 
Great Shearwater  260  43/11 
 Jan  Feb  Mar  Apr  May  Jun  Jul  Aug  Sep  Oct  Nov  Dec
Northern Goshawk  260  43/16 
Glaucous Gull  262  42/11 
Vesper Sparrow  263  40/13 
Black-headed Gull  264  38/11 
Summer Tanager  265  37/9 
Eastern Bluebird  266  36/14 
Broad-winged Hawk  267  35/13 
Gull-billed Tern  268  34/7 
Barrow's Goldeneye  269  33/6 
American Oystercatcher  270  30/13 
Northern Saw-whet Owl  270  30/12 
Gray-cheeked Thrush  272  29/13 
Dovekie  273  28/12 
Arctic Tern  273  28/10 
Cory's Shearwater  273  28/9 
Worm-eating Warbler  276  27/11 
Thick-billed Murre  277  26/13 
Long-eared Owl  277  26/11 
Red-necked Phalarope  279  25/9 
Royal Tern  279  25/8 
 Jan  Feb  Mar  Apr  May  Jun  Jul  Aug  Sep  Oct  Nov  Dec
Scissor-tailed Flycatcher  279  25/2 
King Eider  282  24/7 
Curlew Sandpiper  282  24/5 
Cattle Egret  282  24/7 
Harlequin Duck  285  23/8 
Red Phalarope  285  23/6 
Western Kingbird  285  23/7 
White-faced Ibis  288  19/6 
Kentucky Warbler  288  19/8 
Grasshopper Sparrow  288  19/7 
Canvasback  291  18/6 
Black Rail  291  18/1 
Upland Sandpiper  293  17/8 
Sooty Shearwater  293  17/9 
Ruff  295  16/8 
Pine Grosbeak  295  16/4 
Pacific Loon  297  14/5 
Ross's Goose  298  13/3 
Common Murre  298  13/7 
Hoary Redpoll  300  12/6 
 Jan  Feb  Mar  Apr  May  Jun  Jul  Aug  Sep  Oct  Nov  Dec
Green-tailed Towhee  300  12/1 
Blue Grosbeak  300  12/4 
Black-tailed Godwit  303  11/1 
Pomarine Jaeger  303  11/7 
Leach's Storm-Petrel  303  11/7 
Acadian Flycatcher  303  11/9 
Ash-throated Flycatcher  303  11/2 
Bohemian Waxwing  303  11/6 
Prothonotary Warbler  303  11/8 
Black-necked Stilt  310  10/2 
Eastern Screech-Owl  310  10/6 
Cave Swallow  310  10/6 
Cackling Goose  313  8/3 
Black Vulture  313  8/6 
Louisiana Waterthrush  313  8/8 
Yellow-throated Warbler  313  8/4 
Red-headed Woodpecker  317  7/4 
Gyrfalcon  317  7/5 
Golden-winged Warbler  317  7/4 
Swainson's Warbler  317  7/1 
 Jan  Feb  Mar  Apr  May  Jun  Jul  Aug  Sep  Oct  Nov  Dec
Cerulean Warbler  317  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 
Brown Pelican  324  5/1 
Say's Phoebe  324  5/3 
Sandhill Crane  331  4/4 
Common Ringed Plover  331  4/1 
Golden Eagle  331  4/3 
Evening Grosbeak  331  4/3 
Loggerhead Shrike  335  3/1 
Western Tanager  335  3/1 
Greater White-fronted Goose  337  2/1 
Eared Grebe  337  2/1 
Ringed Turtle-Dove  337  2/1 
Chuck-will's-widow  337  2/2 
 Jan  Feb  Mar  Apr  May  Jun  Jul  Aug  Sep  Oct  Nov  Dec
Red-necked Stint  337  2/1 
Long-tailed Jaeger  337  2/2 
Sabine's Gull  337  2/2 
Sedge Wren  337  2/2 
Northern Wheatear  337  2/1 
Yellow-headed Blackbird  337  2/2 
Black-bellied Whistling-Duck  347 
Northern Lapwing  347 
Wilson's Plover  347 
Elegant Tern  347 
Little Egret  347 
White Ibis  347 
Mississippi Kite  347 
Swainson's Hawk  347 
Pileated Woodpecker  347 
Prairie Falcon  347 
Fork-tailed Flycatcher  347 
Yellow-green Vireo  347 
Townsend's Solitaire  347 
Bicknell's Thrush  347 
 Jan  Feb  Mar  Apr  May  Jun  Jul  Aug  Sep  Oct  Nov  Dec
Sage Thrasher  347 
Chestnut-collared Longspur  347 

Total reports are 587,200. Total sightings are 282,789.

September 23, 2017, Tom Wetmore