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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 October 29, 2020

 Species n N  Jan  Feb  Mar  Apr  May  Jun  Jul  Aug  Sep  Oct  Nov  Dec
Herring Gull  1  5499 
Canada Goose  2  5462 
American Robin  3  5396 
American Black Duck  4  5287 
Mallard  5  5256 
American Crow  6  5156 
Black-capped Chickadee  7  5099 
Great Black-backed Gull  8  5074 
Song Sparrow  9  5024 
Northern Mockingbird  10  4905 
European Starling  11  4598 
Northern Cardinal  12  4538 
Blue Jay  13  4461 
Mourning Dove  14  4444 
Northern Harrier  15  4366 
Gadwall  16  4321 
American Goldfinch  17  4097 
Ring-billed Gull  18  4084 
Double-crested Cormorant  19  3899 
Green-winged Teal  20  3792 
 Jan  Feb  Mar  Apr  May  Jun  Jul  Aug  Sep  Oct  Nov  Dec
Greater Yellowlegs  21  3667 
Great Egret  22  3640 
Common Loon  23  3625 
House Sparrow  24  3593 
Great Blue Heron  25  3420 
Gray Catbird  26  3379 
Rock Pigeon  27  3292 
Common Eider  28  3258 
Downy Woodpecker  29  3184 
Red-winged Blackbird  30  3159 
Eastern Towhee  31  3134 
White-winged Scoter  32  3119 
Mute Swan  33  3097 
Tree Swallow  34  3028 
Snowy Egret  35  3022 
Black-bellied Plover  36  2862 
Killdeer  37  2847 
Common Grackle  38  2825 
Osprey  39  2822 
Red-breasted Merganser  40  2808 
 Jan  Feb  Mar  Apr  May  Jun  Jul  Aug  Sep  Oct  Nov  Dec
Cedar Waxwing  41  2798 
House Finch  42  2765 
Brown Thrasher  43  2571 
Northern Pintail  44  2556 
Savannah Sparrow  45  2540 
White-throated Sparrow  46  2501 
Semipalmated Plover  47  2401 
Semipalmated Sandpiper  48  2399 
Long-tailed Duck  49  2397 
Sanderling  50  2374 
Purple Finch  51  2350 
Dunlin  52  2307 
Common Yellowthroat  53  2305 
Bufflehead  54  2304 
Marsh Wren  55  2291 
Black Scoter  56  2287 
Lesser Yellowlegs  57  2236 
Red-tailed Hawk  58  2223 
Peregrine Falcon  59  2203 
Barn Swallow  60  2174 
 Jan  Feb  Mar  Apr  May  Jun  Jul  Aug  Sep  Oct  Nov  Dec
Eastern Kingbird  61  2150 
American Tree Sparrow  62  2123 
Yellow-rumped Warbler  63  2121 
Yellow Warbler  64  2057 
Red-throated Loon  65  2020 
Common Tern  66  2005 
Northern Gannet  67  1995 
Least Sandpiper  68  1934 
Northern Flicker  69  1920 
Horned Grebe  70  1919 
Bobolink  71  1917 
Turkey Vulture  72  1889 
Wild Turkey  73  1878 
Willet  74  1867 
Short-billed Dowitcher  75  1827 
Purple Martin  76  1819 
Brown-headed Cowbird  77  1805 
Least Tern  78  1784 
Merlin  79  1767 
Common Goldeneye  80  1751 
 Jan  Feb  Mar  Apr  May  Jun  Jul  Aug  Sep  Oct  Nov  Dec
Red-breasted Nuthatch  81  1741 
Field Sparrow  82  1738 
Piping Plover  83  1712 
Baltimore Oriole  84  1707 
Dark-eyed Junco  85  1693 
Eastern Phoebe  86  1662 
Hooded Merganser  87  1654 
White-rumped Sandpiper  88  1649 
American Wigeon  89  1646 
Saltmarsh Sparrow  90  1645 
American Redstart  91  1575 
Swamp Sparrow  92  1550 
Bonaparte's Gull  93  1491 
Black-crowned Night-Heron  94  1432 
Bald Eagle  95  1421 
Cooper's Hawk  96  1370 
Surf Scoter  97  1359 
Rough-legged Hawk  98  1313 
Spotted Sandpiper  99  1302 
Horned Lark  100  1295 
 Jan  Feb  Mar  Apr  May  Jun  Jul  Aug  Sep  Oct  Nov  Dec
Willow Flycatcher  101  1291 
Snowy Owl  102  1278 
Red-necked Grebe  103  1265 
Red-eyed Vireo  104  1263 
Hermit Thrush  105  1222 
Golden-crowned Kinglet  106  1219 
Northern Shoveler  107  1185 
Blue-winged Teal  108  1110 
Bank Swallow  109  1109 
Ruby-crowned Kinglet  110  1100 
Snow Bunting  111  1036 
Chipping Sparrow  112  995 
Brant  113  952 
Glossy Ibis  114  921 
Sharp-shinned Hawk  115  911 
American Kestrel  116  874 
Black-and-white Warbler  117  867 
Carolina Wren  118  859 
Greater Scaup  119  858 
Great Crested Flycatcher  120  835 
 Jan  Feb  Mar  Apr  May  Jun  Jul  Aug  Sep  Oct  Nov  Dec
Pectoral Sandpiper  121  799 
Blackpoll Warbler  122  786 
Belted Kingfisher  123  780 
Stilt Sandpiper  124  772 
Ruddy Turnstone  125  767 
Seaside Sparrow  126  754 
Black-throated Green Warbler  127  750 
Razorbill  128  738 
Northern Shrike  129  732 
American Woodcock  130  724 
Northern Parula  131  721 
Great Cormorant  132  712 
Laughing Gull  133  710 
Red Knot  134  707 
Palm Warbler  134  707 
Pied-billed Grebe  136  695 
Magnolia Warbler  137  680 
American Bittern  138  653 
Blue-headed Vireo  139  650 
Long-billed Dowitcher  139  650 
 Jan  Feb  Mar  Apr  May  Jun  Jul  Aug  Sep  Oct  Nov  Dec
Whimbrel  141  641 
Black-throated Blue Warbler  142  634 
Orchard Oriole  143  626 
Least Bittern  144  602 
White-breasted Nuthatch  145  595 
Eastern Meadowlark  146  593 
Virginia Rail  147  589 
Ruby-throated Hummingbird  148  577 
American Pipit  149  567 
Pine Warbler  150  557 
American Golden-Plover  151  553 
Northern Waterthrush  152  552 
Lesser Scaup  153  551 
White-crowned Sparrow  154  547 
Brown Creeper  155  536 
Short-eared Owl  156  529 
Chimney Swift  157  515 
Ruddy Duck  158  513 
Hairy Woodpecker  159  503 
Wilson's Warbler  160  486 
 Jan  Feb  Mar  Apr  May  Jun  Jul  Aug  Sep  Oct  Nov  Dec
Sora  161  484 
Common Raven  162  470 
Snow Goose  163  466 
Rose-breasted Grosbeak  164  461 
Nashville Warbler  165  460 
Ovenbird  166  437 
House Wren  167  434 
Tufted Titmouse  168  417 
Roseate Tern  169  408 
Chestnut-sided Warbler  170  405 
Purple Sandpiper  171  384 
Wood Duck  172  380 
Wilson's Snipe  173  375 
Eastern Wood-Pewee  174  374 
Black-legged Kittiwake  175  363 
Yellow-bellied Sapsucker  176  361 
Blackburnian Warbler  177  359 
Swainson's Thrush  178  352 
Common Merganser  179  349 
Green Heron  180  348 
 Jan  Feb  Mar  Apr  May  Jun  Jul  Aug  Sep  Oct  Nov  Dec
American Coot  181  345 
Lapland Longspur  182  342 
Hudsonian Godwit  183  340 
Alder Flycatcher  183  340 
Baird's Sandpiper  185  335 
Canada Warbler  186  332 
Western Sandpiper  187  324 
Scarlet Tanager  188  323 
Black-billed Cuckoo  189  322 
Least Flycatcher  190  314 
Veery  191  310 
Ring-necked Duck  192  309 
Great Horned Owl  192  309 
Blue-gray Gnatcatcher  194  308 
Red-bellied Woodpecker  195  294 
Warbling Vireo  196  284 
Eastern Whip-poor-will  197  281 
Pine Siskin  198  279 
Common Redpoll  199  278 
Eurasian Wigeon  200  275 
 Jan  Feb  Mar  Apr  May  Jun  Jul  Aug  Sep  Oct  Nov  Dec
Forster's Tern  201  271 
Prairie Warbler  202  270 
Yellow-billed Cuckoo  203  258 
Bay-breasted Warbler  204  247 
Yellow-crowned Night-Heron  205  238 
Wilson's Phalarope  206  228 
Philadelphia Vireo  207  219 
Tricolored Heron  208  214 
Lincoln's Sparrow  209  212 
Fox Sparrow  210  210 
Solitary Sandpiper  211  199 
Northern Rough-winged Swallow  212  198 
Buff-breasted Sandpiper  213  196 
Winter Wren  214  194 
Clay-colored Sparrow  215  189 
Cape May Warbler  215  189 
Little Blue Heron  217  181 
Lesser Black-backed Gull  218  172 
Barred Owl  219  162 
Yellow-bellied Flycatcher  219  162 
 Jan  Feb  Mar  Apr  May  Jun  Jul  Aug  Sep  Oct  Nov  Dec
Wood Thrush  221  158 
American Avocet  222  157 
Redhead  223  152 
Caspian Tern  224  147 
Cliff Swallow  225  144 
Mourning Warbler  226  137 
Indigo Bunting  227  133 
White-winged Crossbill  228  131 
Tennessee Warbler  228  131 
Iceland Gull  230  124 
Fish Crow  230  124 
Little Gull  232  123 
Black Tern  232  123 
King Rail  234  116 
Wilson's Storm-Petrel  235  114 
Common Gallinule  236  111 
Dickcissel  237  105 
Nelson's Sparrow  238  99/18 
Blue-winged Warbler  238  99/18 
Marbled Godwit  240  96/18 
 Jan  Feb  Mar  Apr  May  Jun  Jul  Aug  Sep  Oct  Nov  Dec
Orange-crowned Warbler  241  93/18 
Clapper Rail  242  92/11 
White-eyed Vireo  243  91/17 
King Eider  244  89/9 
Black Guillemot  244  89/16 
Red Crossbill  246  85/10 
Rusty Blackbird  247  84/17 
Yellow-breasted Chat  248  83/14 
Common Nighthawk  249  79/18 
Olive-sided Flycatcher  250  72/18 
Black Skimmer  251  71/11 
Western Grebe  252  70/6 
Manx Shearwater  253  65/18 
Lark Sparrow  254  61/16 
Ring-necked Pheasant  255  60/10 
Red-shouldered Hawk  255  60/14 
Connecticut Warbler  255  60/20 
Yellow-throated Vireo  258  58/16 
Parasitic Jaeger  259  52/16 
Great Shearwater  259  52/13 
 Jan  Feb  Mar  Apr  May  Jun  Jul  Aug  Sep  Oct  Nov  Dec
Hooded Warbler  261  51/16 
Vesper Sparrow  262  49/16 
Glaucous Gull  263  48/14 
Gull-billed Tern  264  44/8 
Northern Goshawk  264  44/17 
Summer Tanager  266  43/12 
Cory's Shearwater  267  42/11 
American Oystercatcher  268  41/16 
Eastern Bluebird  268  41/16 
Broad-winged Hawk  270  40/15 
Gray-cheeked Thrush  270  40/16 
Dovekie  272  39/13 
Black-headed Gull  273  38/11 
Northern Saw-whet Owl  274  37/14 
Thick-billed Murre  275  36/16 
Royal Tern  275  36/11 
Barrow's Goldeneye  277  33/6 
Long-eared Owl  278  31/13 
Arctic Tern  279  29/11 
Worm-eating Warbler  279  29/12 
 Jan  Feb  Mar  Apr  May  Jun  Jul  Aug  Sep  Oct  Nov  Dec
Western Kingbird  281  27/9 
Greater White-fronted Goose  282  26/2 
Red-necked Phalarope  282  26/10 
Cattle Egret  284  25/8 
Scissor-tailed Flycatcher  284  25/2 
Curlew Sandpiper  286  24/5 
Red Phalarope  286  24/7 
Grasshopper Sparrow  286  24/8 
Harlequin Duck  289  23/8 
White-faced Ibis  290  22/7 
Kentucky Warbler  291  21/10 
Canvasback  292  20/7 
Sooty Shearwater  293  19/11 
Black Rail  294  18/1 
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 
Blue Grosbeak  302  13/5 
Eastern Screech-Owl  305  12/8 
Acadian Flycatcher  305  12/10 
Hoary Redpoll  305  12/6 
Green-tailed Towhee  305  12/1 
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 
Evening Grosbeak  315  9/5 
Cackling Goose  317  8/3 
American White Pelican  317  8/7 
Louisiana Waterthrush  317  8/8 
Golden-winged Warbler  317  8/5 
 Jan  Feb  Mar  Apr  May  Jun  Jul  Aug  Sep  Oct  Nov  Dec
Common Ringed Plover  321  7/2 
Red-headed Woodpecker  321  7/4 
Gyrfalcon  321  7/5 
Swainson's Warbler  321  7/1 
Cerulean Warbler  321  7/5 
Sandhill Crane  326  6/6 
Wilson's Plover  326  6/3 
Red-necked Stint  326  6/2 
Atlantic Puffin  326  6/4 
Sandwich Tern  326  6/2 
Northern Fulmar  326  6/4 
Pacific Golden-Plover  332  5/1 
Franklin's Gull  332  5/4 
Brown Pelican  332  5/1 
Golden Eagle  332  5/4 
Say's Phoebe  332  5/3 
Yellow-headed Blackbird  332  5/4 
Northern Wheatear  338  4/2 
Chuck-will's-widow  339  3/3 
Loggerhead Shrike  339  3/1 
 Jan  Feb  Mar  Apr  May  Jun  Jul  Aug  Sep  Oct  Nov  Dec
Sedge Wren  339  3/3 
Western Tanager  339  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 
Townsend's Solitaire  350 
Bicknell's Thrush  350 
Sage Thrasher  350 
Chestnut-collared Longspur  350 
Black-throated Gray Warbler  350 

Total reports are 717,436. Total sightings are 347,030.

October 29, 2020, Tom Wetmore