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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 June 27, 2022

 Species n N  Jan  Feb  Mar  Apr  May  Jun  Jul  Aug  Sep  Oct  Nov  Dec
Herring Gull  1  6091 
Canada Goose  2  6043 
American Robin  3  5978 
American Black Duck  4  5845 
Mallard  5  5834 
American Crow  6  5687 
Black-capped Chickadee  7  5685 
Great Black-backed Gull  8  5638 
Song Sparrow  9  5597 
Northern Mockingbird  10  5460 
Northern Cardinal  11  5114 
European Starling  12  5087 
Blue Jay  13  4991 
Mourning Dove  14  4938 
Northern Harrier  15  4834 
Gadwall  16  4777 
American Goldfinch  17  4554 
Ring-billed Gull  18  4477 
Double-crested Cormorant  19  4274 
Green-winged Teal  20  4204 
 Jan  Feb  Mar  Apr  May  Jun  Jul  Aug  Sep  Oct  Nov  Dec
House Sparrow  21  4088 
Common Loon  22  4032 
Great Egret  23  4010 
Greater Yellowlegs  24  3996 
Gray Catbird  25  3817 
Rock Pigeon  26  3769 
Great Blue Heron  27  3743 
Common Eider  28  3639 
Downy Woodpecker  29  3637 
Red-winged Blackbird  30  3564 
Mute Swan  31  3557 
White-winged Scoter  32  3556 
Eastern Towhee  33  3433 
Tree Swallow  34  3286 
Snowy Egret  35  3270 
House Finch  36  3246 
Killdeer  37  3176 
Red-breasted Merganser  38  3164 
Common Grackle  39  3146 
Black-bellied Plover  40  3114 
 Jan  Feb  Mar  Apr  May  Jun  Jul  Aug  Sep  Oct  Nov  Dec
Osprey  41  3098 
Cedar Waxwing  42  3077 
White-throated Sparrow  43  2867 
Northern Pintail  44  2847 
Brown Thrasher  45  2789 
Savannah Sparrow  46  2785 
Long-tailed Duck  47  2764 
Sanderling  48  2676 
Black Scoter  49  2637 
Bufflehead  50  2632 
Dunlin  51  2627 
Semipalmated Plover  52  2613 
Semipalmated Sandpiper  53  2604 
Purple Finch  54  2600 
Marsh Wren  55  2561 
Common Yellowthroat  56  2507 
Peregrine Falcon  57  2461 
Red-tailed Hawk  58  2450 
Yellow-rumped Warbler  59  2432 
Lesser Yellowlegs  60  2403 
 Jan  Feb  Mar  Apr  May  Jun  Jul  Aug  Sep  Oct  Nov  Dec
American Tree Sparrow  61  2393 
Barn Swallow  62  2385 
Eastern Kingbird  63  2330 
Red-throated Loon  64  2277 
Yellow Warbler  65  2242 
Common Tern  66  2179 
Horned Grebe  67  2176 
Northern Gannet  68  2171 
Northern Flicker  69  2162 
Wild Turkey  70  2121 
Least Sandpiper  71  2092 
Bobolink  72  2091 
Turkey Vulture  73  2084 
Willet  74  2060 
Common Goldeneye  75  2034 
Brown-headed Cowbird  76  2030 
Purple Martin  77  2011 
Red-breasted Nuthatch  78  2004 
Short-billed Dowitcher  79  1974 
Least Tern  80  1946 
 Jan  Feb  Mar  Apr  May  Jun  Jul  Aug  Sep  Oct  Nov  Dec
Field Sparrow  81  1944 
Merlin  82  1930 
Piping Plover  83  1901 
Dark-eyed Junco  84  1885 
Hooded Merganser  85  1874 
Baltimore Oriole  86  1868 
Swamp Sparrow  87  1849 
Saltmarsh Sparrow  88  1826 
Eastern Phoebe  89  1819 
White-rumped Sandpiper  90  1802 
American Wigeon  91  1766 
American Redstart  92  1739 
Bald Eagle  93  1732 
Cooper's Hawk  94  1601 
Surf Scoter  95  1579 
Bonaparte's Gull  96  1550 
Black-crowned Night-Heron  97  1545 
Horned Lark  98  1473 
Snowy Owl  99  1472 
Hermit Thrush  99  1472 
 Jan  Feb  Mar  Apr  May  Jun  Jul  Aug  Sep  Oct  Nov  Dec
Red-eyed Vireo  101  1438 
Spotted Sandpiper  102  1419 
Willow Flycatcher  103  1416 
Rough-legged Hawk  104  1401 
Red-necked Grebe  105  1378 
Golden-crowned Kinglet  106  1339 
Northern Shoveler  107  1273 
Bank Swallow  108  1211 
Ruby-crowned Kinglet  109  1207 
Blue-winged Teal  110  1200 
Snow Bunting  111  1168 
Chipping Sparrow  112  1112 
Carolina Wren  113  1072 
Brant  114  1060 
Great Crested Flycatcher  115  988 
Sharp-shinned Hawk  116  984 
Glossy Ibis  117  969 
American Kestrel  118  960 
Black-and-white Warbler  119  955 
Greater Scaup  120  945 
 Jan  Feb  Mar  Apr  May  Jun  Jul  Aug  Sep  Oct  Nov  Dec
Razorbill  121  878 
Pectoral Sandpiper  122  859 
Blackpoll Warbler  123  857 
Ruddy Turnstone  124  855 
Seaside Sparrow  125  850 
Belted Kingfisher  126  848 
Stilt Sandpiper  127  845 
Black-throated Green Warbler  128  814 
Northern Parula  129  806 
Palm Warbler  130  794 
Great Cormorant  131  781 
American Woodcock  132  779 
Northern Shrike  133  763 
Orchard Oriole  134  758 
Laughing Gull  135  753 
Pied-billed Grebe  136  748 
Red Knot  137  747 
Least Bittern  137  747 
Magnolia Warbler  139  738 
Blue-headed Vireo  140  720 
 Jan  Feb  Mar  Apr  May  Jun  Jul  Aug  Sep  Oct  Nov  Dec
Long-billed Dowitcher  141  716 
Pine Warbler  142  708 
American Bittern  143  699 
Black-throated Blue Warbler  144  669 
Whimbrel  145  668 
Common Raven  146  658 
Virginia Rail  147  657 
White-breasted Nuthatch  148  638 
Ruby-throated Hummingbird  149  632 
American Pipit  150  608 
Northern Waterthrush  150  608 
Brown Creeper  152  605 
Eastern Meadowlark  153  600 
White-crowned Sparrow  154  594 
American Golden-Plover  155  585 
Lesser Scaup  156  580 
Hairy Woodpecker  157  574 
Short-eared Owl  158  571 
Chimney Swift  159  566 
Ruddy Duck  160  535 
 Jan  Feb  Mar  Apr  May  Jun  Jul  Aug  Sep  Oct  Nov  Dec
House Wren  161  526 
Wilson's Warbler  162  525 
Rose-breasted Grosbeak  163  516 
Snow Goose  164  510 
Sora  165  490 
Nashville Warbler  165  490 
Ovenbird  167  482 
Yellow-bellied Sapsucker  168  481 
American Coot  169  480 
Tufted Titmouse  170  479 
Roseate Tern  171  445 
Chestnut-sided Warbler  171  445 
Eastern Wood-Pewee  173  432 
Purple Sandpiper  174  418 
Wood Duck  175  412 
Blackburnian Warbler  176  401 
Swainson's Thrush  177  392 
Wilson's Snipe  178  388 
Common Merganser  179  383 
Alder Flycatcher  180  378 
 Jan  Feb  Mar  Apr  May  Jun  Jul  Aug  Sep  Oct  Nov  Dec
Black-legged Kittiwake  181  374 
Great Horned Owl  182  366 
Canada Warbler  183  364 
Hudsonian Godwit  184  361 
Ring-necked Duck  185  358 
Green Heron  185  358 
Red-bellied Woodpecker  187  353 
Lapland Longspur  187  353 
Least Flycatcher  189  348 
Common Redpoll  189  348 
Baird's Sandpiper  191  347 
Scarlet Tanager  192  346 
Western Sandpiper  193  339 
Veery  193  339 
Blue-gray Gnatcatcher  195  334 
Black-billed Cuckoo  196  330 
Warbling Vireo  197  323 
Eastern Whip-poor-will  198  304 
Pine Siskin  198  304 
Prairie Warbler  200  302 
 Jan  Feb  Mar  Apr  May  Jun  Jul  Aug  Sep  Oct  Nov  Dec
Yellow-crowned Night-Heron  201  284 
Eurasian Wigeon  202  279 
Forster's Tern  203  277 
Bay-breasted Warbler  204  274 
Yellow-billed Cuckoo  205  271 
Fox Sparrow  205  271 
Philadelphia Vireo  207  238 
Tricolored Heron  208  237 
Wilson's Phalarope  209  233 
Solitary Sandpiper  210  224 
Lincoln's Sparrow  210  224 
Winter Wren  212  212 
Northern Rough-winged Swallow  213  211 
Cape May Warbler  213  211 
Buff-breasted Sandpiper  215  199 
Clay-colored Sparrow  216  198 
Lesser Black-backed Gull  217  197 
Little Blue Heron  218  196 
Fish Crow  219  184 
Yellow-bellied Flycatcher  220  174 
 Jan  Feb  Mar  Apr  May  Jun  Jul  Aug  Sep  Oct  Nov  Dec
Wood Thrush  221  171 
American Avocet  222  162 
Barred Owl  222  162 
Caspian Tern  222  162 
Redhead  225  153 
King Rail  225  153 
Red Crossbill  227  151 
Cliff Swallow  228  148 
Mourning Warbler  228  148 
Tennessee Warbler  230  144 
Iceland Gull  231  143 
Wilson's Storm-Petrel  232  139 
White-winged Crossbill  232  139 
Indigo Bunting  234  138 
Black Tern  235  131 
Black Guillemot  236  126 
Little Gull  237  124 
Dickcissel  238  122 
Common Gallinule  239  118 
Nelson's Sparrow  240  113 
 Jan  Feb  Mar  Apr  May  Jun  Jul  Aug  Sep  Oct  Nov  Dec
Blue-winged Warbler  241  106 
King Eider  242  103 
Yellow-throated Vireo  243  102 
White-eyed Vireo  244  99/19 
Orange-crowned Warbler  244  99/20 
Clapper Rail  246  98/13 
Marbled Godwit  247  96/18 
Rusty Blackbird  248  94/19 
Common Nighthawk  249  86/20 
Ring-necked Pheasant  250  84/12 
Yellow-breasted Chat  250  84/15 
Olive-sided Flycatcher  252  82/20 
Black Skimmer  253  80/13 
Western Grebe  254  71/7 
Manx Shearwater  255  65/18 
Lark Sparrow  255  65/17 
Red-shouldered Hawk  257  63/15 
Connecticut Warbler  257  63/21 
Harlequin Duck  259  57/11 
Parasitic Jaeger  260  55/18 
 Jan  Feb  Mar  Apr  May  Jun  Jul  Aug  Sep  Oct  Nov  Dec
Hooded Warbler  261  54/18 
Great Shearwater  262  53/13 
Vesper Sparrow  263  51/17 
American Oystercatcher  264  50/18 
Glaucous Gull  265  48/14 
Eastern Bluebird  266  46/17 
Gull-billed Tern  267  44/8 
Northern Goshawk  267  44/17 
Gray-cheeked Thrush  267  44/18 
Summer Tanager  267  44/13 
Northern Saw-whet Owl  271  43/14 
Dovekie  272  42/14 
Thick-billed Murre  272  42/17 
Cory's Shearwater  272  42/11 
Broad-winged Hawk  275  41/16 
Western Kingbird  276  40/10 
Black-headed Gull  277  39/12 
Royal Tern  278  37/12 
Barrow's Goldeneye  279  35/7 
Long-eared Owl  280  33/14 
 Jan  Feb  Mar  Apr  May  Jun  Jul  Aug  Sep  Oct  Nov  Dec
Arctic Tern  281  32/13 
Red-necked Phalarope  282  29/12 
Worm-eating Warbler  282  29/12 
Red Phalarope  284  28/8 
Cattle Egret  285  27/9 
Greater White-fronted Goose  286  26/2 
Scissor-tailed Flycatcher  287  25/2 
Grasshopper Sparrow  287  25/9 
Curlew Sandpiper  289  24/5 
White-faced Ibis  290  22/7 
Canvasback  291  21/8 
Sooty Shearwater  291  21/13 
Kentucky Warbler  291  21/10 
Upland Sandpiper  294  19/10 
Black Rail  295  18/1 
Ruff  296  17/9 
Pine Grosbeak  296  17/5 
Prothonotary Warbler  296  17/10 
Common Murre  299  16/9 
Hoary Redpoll  299  16/7 
 Jan  Feb  Mar  Apr  May  Jun  Jul  Aug  Sep  Oct  Nov  Dec
Pacific Loon  301  15/6 
Ross's Goose  302  14/4 
Acadian Flycatcher  302  14/11 
Bohemian Waxwing  302  14/8 
Evening Grosbeak  302  14/5 
Ash-throated Flycatcher  306  13/3 
Blue Grosbeak  306  13/5 
Eastern Screech-Owl  308  12/8 
Green-tailed Towhee  308  12/1 
Black-tailed Godwit  310  11/1 
Pomarine Jaeger  310  11/7 
Leach's Storm-Petrel  310  11/7 
Black-necked Stilt  313  10/2 
Cave Swallow  313  10/6 
Yellow-throated Warbler  313  10/5 
Black Vulture  316  9/7 
Louisiana Waterthrush  316  9/9 
Cackling Goose  318  8/3 
American White Pelican  318  8/7 
Golden-winged Warbler  318  8/5 
 Jan  Feb  Mar  Apr  May  Jun  Jul  Aug  Sep  Oct  Nov  Dec
Common Ringed Plover  321  7/2 
Golden Eagle  321  7/6 
Red-headed Woodpecker  321  7/4 
Gyrfalcon  321  7/5 
Swainson's Warbler  321  7/1 
Cerulean Warbler  321  7/5 
Sandhill Crane  327  6/6 
Wilson's Plover  327  6/3 
Red-necked Stint  327  6/2 
Atlantic Puffin  327  6/4 
Sandwich Tern  327  6/2 
Northern Fulmar  327  6/4 
Pacific Golden-Plover  333  5/1 
Franklin's Gull  333  5/4 
Brown Pelican  333  5/1 
Say's Phoebe  333  5/3 
Yellow-headed Blackbird  333  5/4 
Sedge Wren  338  4/4 
Northern Wheatear  338  4/2 
Chuck-will's-widow  340  3/3 
 Jan  Feb  Mar  Apr  May  Jun  Jul  Aug  Sep  Oct  Nov  Dec
Loggerhead Shrike  340  3/1 
Western Tanager  340  3/1 
Tundra Swan  343  2/1 
Eared Grebe  343  2/1 
Ringed Turtle-Dove  343  2/1 
Long-tailed Jaeger  343  2/2 
Sabine's Gull  343  2/2 
Little Egret  343  2/2 
Western Meadowlark  343  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 
Monk Parakeet  350 
Fork-tailed Flycatcher  350 
 Jan  Feb  Mar  Apr  May  Jun  Jul  Aug  Sep  Oct  Nov  Dec
Yellow-green Vireo  350 
Sage Thrasher  350 
Townsend's Solitaire  350 
Bicknell's Thrush  350 
Chestnut-collared Longspur  350 
Black-throated Gray Warbler  350 

Total reports are 829,733. Total sightings are 385,792.

June 27, 2022, Tom Wetmore