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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 July 19, 2018

 Species n N  Jan  Feb  Mar  Apr  May  Jun  Jul  Aug  Sep  Oct  Nov  Dec
Herring Gull  1  4741 
Canada Goose  2  4727 
American Robin  3  4658 
American Crow  4  4594 
American Black Duck  5  4570 
Mallard  6  4520 
Great Black-backed Gull  7  4381 
Black-capped Chickadee  8  4369 
Song Sparrow  9  4327 
Northern Mockingbird  10  4245 
European Starling  11  3988 
Northern Cardinal  12  3885 
Northern Harrier  13  3851 
Mourning Dove  14  3822 
Blue Jay  15  3818 
Gadwall  16  3794 
Ring-billed Gull  17  3544 
American Goldfinch  18  3473 
Double-crested Cormorant  19  3366 
Green-winged Teal  20  3303 
 Jan  Feb  Mar  Apr  May  Jun  Jul  Aug  Sep  Oct  Nov  Dec
Greater Yellowlegs  21  3173 
Common Loon  22  3170 
Great Egret  23  3125 
House Sparrow  24  3057 
Great Blue Heron  25  2955 
Gray Catbird  26  2866 
Rock Pigeon  27  2813 
Mute Swan  28  2734 
Common Eider  29  2729 
Red-winged Blackbird  30  2706 
Downy Woodpecker  31  2703 
White-winged Scoter  32  2688 
Eastern Towhee  33  2683 
Snowy Egret  34  2627 
Tree Swallow  35  2604 
Red-breasted Merganser  36  2463 
Black-bellied Plover  37  2459 
Common Grackle  38  2452 
Killdeer  39  2424 
Osprey  40  2408 
 Jan  Feb  Mar  Apr  May  Jun  Jul  Aug  Sep  Oct  Nov  Dec
Cedar Waxwing  41  2375 
Brown Thrasher  42  2262 
House Finch  43  2258 
Savannah Sparrow  44  2251 
Northern Pintail  45  2249 
White-throated Sparrow  46  2159 
Long-tailed Duck  47  2084 
Purple Finch  48  2045 
Semipalmated Sandpiper  49  2031 
Semipalmated Plover  50  2026 
Bufflehead  51  1999 
Dunlin  52  1986 
Sanderling  53  1983 
Marsh Wren  54  1959 
Common Yellowthroat  55  1949 
Black Scoter  56  1914 
Lesser Yellowlegs  57  1909 
American Tree Sparrow  58  1896 
Red-tailed Hawk  59  1876 
Barn Swallow  60  1865 
 Jan  Feb  Mar  Apr  May  Jun  Jul  Aug  Sep  Oct  Nov  Dec
Peregrine Falcon  61  1855 
Eastern Kingbird  62  1848 
Red-throated Loon  63  1826 
Yellow Warbler  64  1786 
Yellow-rumped Warbler  65  1777 
Common Tern  66  1759 
Northern Gannet  67  1749 
Horned Grebe  68  1702 
Bobolink  69  1657 
Least Sandpiper  70  1645 
Willet  71  1632 
Northern Flicker  72  1605 
Brown-headed Cowbird  73  1601 
Turkey Vulture  74  1581 
Merlin  75  1574 
Purple Martin  76  1563 
Short-billed Dowitcher  77  1541 
Least Tern  78  1528 
Wild Turkey  79  1503 
Field Sparrow  80  1488 
 Jan  Feb  Mar  Apr  May  Jun  Jul  Aug  Sep  Oct  Nov  Dec
Common Goldeneye  81  1484 
Hooded Merganser  82  1482 
Dark-eyed Junco  83  1471 
Baltimore Oriole  84  1464 
Red-breasted Nuthatch  84  1464 
Piping Plover  86  1447 
American Wigeon  87  1445 
White-rumped Sandpiper  88  1412 
Saltmarsh Sparrow  89  1403 
Bonaparte's Gull  90  1400 
Eastern Phoebe  90  1400 
American Redstart  92  1349 
Swamp Sparrow  93  1260 
Black-crowned Night-Heron  94  1227 
Horned Lark  95  1202 
Bald Eagle  96  1189 
Red-necked Grebe  97  1171 
Surf Scoter  98  1150 
Snowy Owl  99  1146 
Rough-legged Hawk  100  1145 
 Jan  Feb  Mar  Apr  May  Jun  Jul  Aug  Sep  Oct  Nov  Dec
Cooper's Hawk  101  1125 
Willow Flycatcher  102  1111 
Spotted Sandpiper  103  1079 
Golden-crowned Kinglet  104  1057 
Northern Shoveler  105  1046 
Blue-winged Teal  106  1033 
Red-eyed Vireo  107  1020 
Hermit Thrush  108  1017 
Bank Swallow  109  979 
Ruby-crowned Kinglet  110  957 
Snow Bunting  111  939 
Glossy Ibis  112  852 
Sharp-shinned Hawk  113  845 
Brant  114  842 
Chipping Sparrow  115  839 
American Kestrel  116  803 
Black-and-white Warbler  117  780 
Greater Scaup  118  754 
Blackpoll Warbler  119  682 
Seaside Sparrow  120  675 
 Jan  Feb  Mar  Apr  May  Jun  Jul  Aug  Sep  Oct  Nov  Dec
Stilt Sandpiper  121  669 
Pectoral Sandpiper  122  663 
Great Cormorant  122  663 
Black-throated Green Warbler  124  659 
Great Crested Flycatcher  125  657 
Belted Kingfisher  126  654 
American Woodcock  127  652 
Ruddy Turnstone  128  647 
Razorbill  129  646 
Northern Shrike  130  645 
Northern Parula  131  638 
Palm Warbler  132  620 
Magnolia Warbler  133  614 
American Bittern  134  608 
Laughing Gull  135  606 
Pied-billed Grebe  136  603 
Red Knot  137  601 
Eastern Meadowlark  138  578 
Blue-headed Vireo  139  574 
Black-throated Blue Warbler  140  563 
 Jan  Feb  Mar  Apr  May  Jun  Jul  Aug  Sep  Oct  Nov  Dec
Whimbrel  141  560 
Virginia Rail  142  555 
Carolina Wren  143  534 
Lesser Scaup  144  511 
American Pipit  145  504 
Least Bittern  146  500 
Ruby-throated Hummingbird  147  499 
Snow Goose  148  493 
Orchard Oriole  149  492 
White-breasted Nuthatch  150  491 
Northern Waterthrush  151  485 
Brown Creeper  152  481 
Ruddy Duck  153  478 
Long-billed Dowitcher  154  477 
Short-eared Owl  155  470 
American Golden-Plover  156  469 
Pine Warbler  157  462 
White-crowned Sparrow  158  459 
Sora  159  454 
Chimney Swift  160  451 
 Jan  Feb  Mar  Apr  May  Jun  Jul  Aug  Sep  Oct  Nov  Dec
Wilson's Warbler  161  443 
Nashville Warbler  162  409 
Rose-breasted Grosbeak  163  400 
House Wren  164  385 
Ovenbird  164  385 
Purple Sandpiper  166  366 
Chestnut-sided Warbler  167  361 
Black-legged Kittiwake  168  360 
Tufted Titmouse  168  360 
Roseate Tern  170  359 
Wilson's Snipe  171  355 
Hairy Woodpecker  172  343 
Lapland Longspur  173  326 
Blackburnian Warbler  174  322 
Common Merganser  175  321 
Wood Duck  176  315 
Eastern Wood-Pewee  177  312 
Canada Warbler  178  306 
Black-billed Cuckoo  179  304 
American Coot  179  304 
 Jan  Feb  Mar  Apr  May  Jun  Jul  Aug  Sep  Oct  Nov  Dec
Green Heron  181  301 
Great Horned Owl  182  288 
Common Raven  183  287 
Scarlet Tanager  184  286 
Swainson's Thrush  185  283 
Baird's Sandpiper  186  281 
Hudsonian Godwit  187  275 
Yellow-bellied Sapsucker  188  273 
Least Flycatcher  189  268 
Ring-necked Duck  190  266 
Veery  191  260 
Eurasian Wigeon  192  259 
Blue-gray Gnatcatcher  193  258 
Western Sandpiper  194  256 
Forster's Tern  195  255 
Common Redpoll  196  253 
Alder Flycatcher  197  251 
Warbling Vireo  198  248 
Prairie Warbler  199  238 
Eastern Whip-poor-will  200  237 
 Jan  Feb  Mar  Apr  May  Jun  Jul  Aug  Sep  Oct  Nov  Dec
Red-bellied Woodpecker  201  232 
Yellow-billed Cuckoo  202  230 
Pine Siskin  203  225 
Wilson's Phalarope  204  208 
Tricolored Heron  205  197 
Fox Sparrow  206  193 
Bay-breasted Warbler  207  191 
Lincoln's Sparrow  208  177 
Philadelphia Vireo  209  176 
Winter Wren  209  176 
Northern Rough-winged Swallow  209  176 
Solitary Sandpiper  212  175 
Buff-breasted Sandpiper  213  169 
Yellow-crowned Night-Heron  214  161 
Clay-colored Sparrow  215  160 
Little Blue Heron  216  158 
Redhead  217  151 
Wood Thrush  218  147 
Yellow-bellied Flycatcher  219  141 
Cape May Warbler  220  135 
 Jan  Feb  Mar  Apr  May  Jun  Jul  Aug  Sep  Oct  Nov  Dec
Barred Owl  221  133 
White-winged Crossbill  222  131 
Cliff Swallow  223  129 
Lesser Black-backed Gull  224  124 
Little Gull  225  123 
Mourning Warbler  225  123 
American Avocet  227  119 
Iceland Gull  228  118 
King Rail  229  116 
Caspian Tern  229  116 
Indigo Bunting  229  116 
Common Gallinule  232  109 
Black Tern  233  105 
Fish Crow  234  97/15 
Tennessee Warbler  235  96/16 
Wilson's Storm-Petrel  236  94/16 
Clapper Rail  237  88/9 
Blue-winged Warbler  237  88/16 
Black Guillemot  239  86/14 
Red Crossbill  240  83/8 
 Jan  Feb  Mar  Apr  May  Jun  Jul  Aug  Sep  Oct  Nov  Dec
Orange-crowned Warbler  241  82/15 
Dickcissel  242  81/14 
Marbled Godwit  243  80/15 
White-eyed Vireo  244  79/15 
Common Nighthawk  245  72/16 
Rusty Blackbird  246  71/16 
Western Grebe  247  70/6 
Nelson's Sparrow  248  69/15 
Yellow-breasted Chat  249  67/12 
Ring-necked Pheasant  250  60/10 
Manx Shearwater  250  60/16 
Olive-sided Flycatcher  252  59/16 
Black Skimmer  253  57/9 
Connecticut Warbler  254  54/17 
Hooded Warbler  255  51/16 
Lark Sparrow  256  50/13 
Red-shouldered Hawk  257  48/12 
Yellow-throated Vireo  257  48/14 
Parasitic Jaeger  259  46/14 
Great Shearwater  259  46/12 
 Jan  Feb  Mar  Apr  May  Jun  Jul  Aug  Sep  Oct  Nov  Dec
Northern Goshawk  261  44/17 
Glaucous Gull  262  42/11 
Vesper Sparrow  263  40/13 
Black-headed Gull  264  38/11 
Summer Tanager  264  38/10 
Eastern Bluebird  266  36/14 
Broad-winged Hawk  267  35/13 
Gull-billed Tern  268  34/7 
Cory's Shearwater  268  34/9 
Barrow's Goldeneye  270  33/6 
Dovekie  270  33/13 
Gray-cheeked Thrush  270  33/14 
American Oystercatcher  273  32/14 
Northern Saw-whet Owl  274  31/12 
King Eider  275  30/8 
Thick-billed Murre  276  29/14 
Arctic Tern  277  28/10 
Long-eared Owl  277  28/12 
Royal Tern  279  27/9 
Worm-eating Warbler  279  27/11 
 Jan  Feb  Mar  Apr  May  Jun  Jul  Aug  Sep  Oct  Nov  Dec
Red-necked Phalarope  281  25/9 
Scissor-tailed Flycatcher  281  25/2 
Curlew Sandpiper  283  24/5 
Cattle Egret  283  24/7 
Harlequin Duck  285  23/8 
Red Phalarope  285  23/6 
Western Kingbird  285  23/7 
White-faced Ibis  288  19/6 
Grasshopper Sparrow  288  19/7 
Kentucky Warbler  288  19/8 
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 
Common Murre  297  14/8 
Pacific Loon  297  14/5 
Ross's Goose  299  13/3 
Hoary Redpoll  300  12/6 
 Jan  Feb  Mar  Apr  May  Jun  Jul  Aug  Sep  Oct  Nov  Dec
Green-tailed Towhee  300  12/1 
Prothonotary Warbler  300  12/9 
Blue Grosbeak  300  12/4 
Black-tailed Godwit  304  11/1 
Pomarine Jaeger  304  11/7 
Leach's Storm-Petrel  304  11/7 
Acadian Flycatcher  304  11/9 
Ash-throated Flycatcher  304  11/2 
Bohemian Waxwing  304  11/6 
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 
Western Meadowlark  337  2/1 
Black-bellied Whistling-Duck  348 
Northern Lapwing  348 
Wilson's Plover  348 
Elegant Tern  348 
Little Egret  348 
White Ibis  348 
Mississippi Kite  348 
Swainson's Hawk  348 
Pileated Woodpecker  348 
Prairie Falcon  348 
Fork-tailed Flycatcher  348 
Yellow-green Vireo  348 
Townsend's Solitaire  348 
 Jan  Feb  Mar  Apr  May  Jun  Jul  Aug  Sep  Oct  Nov  Dec
Bicknell's Thrush  348 
Sage Thrasher  348 
Chestnut-collared Longspur  348 

Total reports are 617,889. Total sightings are 299,380.

July 19, 2018, Tom Wetmore