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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 May 31, 2020

 Species n N  Jan  Feb  Mar  Apr  May  Jun  Jul  Aug  Sep  Oct  Nov  Dec
Herring Gull  1  5353 
Canada Goose  2  5321 
American Robin  3  5251 
American Black Duck  4  5160 
Mallard  5  5110 
American Crow  6  5064 
Black-capped Chickadee  7  4958 
Great Black-backed Gull  8  4930 
Song Sparrow  9  4879 
Northern Mockingbird  10  4761 
European Starling  11  4457 
Northern Cardinal  12  4405 
Blue Jay  13  4333 
Mourning Dove  14  4304 
Northern Harrier  15  4299 
Gadwall  16  4209 
American Goldfinch  17  3957 
Ring-billed Gull  18  3956 
Double-crested Cormorant  19  3752 
Green-winged Teal  20  3667 
 Jan  Feb  Mar  Apr  May  Jun  Jul  Aug  Sep  Oct  Nov  Dec
Common Loon  21  3577 
Greater Yellowlegs  22  3535 
Great Egret  23  3494 
House Sparrow  24  3486 
Great Blue Heron  25  3288 
Gray Catbird  26  3238 
Rock Pigeon  27  3213 
Common Eider  28  3151 
Downy Woodpecker  29  3086 
Mute Swan  30  3050 
White-winged Scoter  31  3045 
Red-winged Blackbird  32  3041 
Eastern Towhee  33  2997 
Tree Swallow  34  2908 
Snowy Egret  35  2893 
Red-breasted Merganser  36  2788 
Black-bellied Plover  37  2752 
Common Grackle  38  2735 
Killdeer  39  2730 
Osprey  40  2701 
 Jan  Feb  Mar  Apr  May  Jun  Jul  Aug  Sep  Oct  Nov  Dec
House Finch  41  2662 
Cedar Waxwing  42  2658 
Northern Pintail  43  2506 
Savannah Sparrow  44  2479 
Brown Thrasher  45  2474 
White-throated Sparrow  46  2457 
Long-tailed Duck  47  2384 
Bufflehead  48  2298 
Sanderling  49  2288 
Semipalmated Plover  50  2287 
Semipalmated Sandpiper  51  2284 
Purple Finch  52  2261 
Black Scoter  53  2253 
Dunlin  54  2251 
Red-tailed Hawk  55  2190 
Common Yellowthroat  56  2183 
Marsh Wren  57  2181 
Lesser Yellowlegs  58  2130 
Peregrine Falcon  59  2123 
American Tree Sparrow  60  2122 
 Jan  Feb  Mar  Apr  May  Jun  Jul  Aug  Sep  Oct  Nov  Dec
Yellow-rumped Warbler  61  2077 
Barn Swallow  62  2068 
Eastern Kingbird  63  2047 
Red-throated Loon  64  2001 
Yellow Warbler  65  1969 
Northern Gannet  66  1944 
Common Tern  67  1917 
Horned Grebe  68  1909 
Least Sandpiper  69  1841 
Northern Flicker  70  1838 
Bobolink  71  1835 
Turkey Vulture  72  1805 
Willet  73  1794 
Wild Turkey  74  1765 
Brown-headed Cowbird  75  1759 
Common Goldeneye  76  1750 
Purple Martin  77  1739 
Short-billed Dowitcher  78  1727 
Merlin  78  1727 
Least Tern  80  1696 
 Jan  Feb  Mar  Apr  May  Jun  Jul  Aug  Sep  Oct  Nov  Dec
Red-breasted Nuthatch  81  1668 
Field Sparrow  82  1667 
Dark-eyed Junco  83  1653 
Hooded Merganser  84  1649 
Piping Plover  85  1634 
Baltimore Oriole  86  1625 
American Wigeon  87  1612 
Eastern Phoebe  88  1597 
Saltmarsh Sparrow  89  1574 
White-rumped Sandpiper  90  1569 
American Redstart  91  1510 
Swamp Sparrow  92  1498 
Bonaparte's Gull  93  1459 
Bald Eagle  94  1401 
Black-crowned Night-Heron  95  1350 
Surf Scoter  96  1329 
Rough-legged Hawk  97  1313 
Cooper's Hawk  98  1312 
Horned Lark  99  1294 
Snowy Owl  100  1278 
 Jan  Feb  Mar  Apr  May  Jun  Jul  Aug  Sep  Oct  Nov  Dec
Red-necked Grebe  101  1262 
Spotted Sandpiper  102  1232 
Willow Flycatcher  103  1226 
Hermit Thrush  104  1196 
Golden-crowned Kinglet  105  1185 
Red-eyed Vireo  106  1178 
Northern Shoveler  107  1175 
Blue-winged Teal  108  1085 
Ruby-crowned Kinglet  109  1072 
Bank Swallow  110  1052 
Snow Bunting  111  1032 
Chipping Sparrow  112  960 
Brant  113  944 
Sharp-shinned Hawk  114  906 
Glossy Ibis  115  888 
American Kestrel  116  873 
Black-and-white Warbler  117  854 
Greater Scaup  118  851 
Great Crested Flycatcher  119  782 
Carolina Wren  120  778 
 Jan  Feb  Mar  Apr  May  Jun  Jul  Aug  Sep  Oct  Nov  Dec
Blackpoll Warbler  121  766 
Pectoral Sandpiper  122  752 
Seaside Sparrow  123  742 
Ruddy Turnstone  124  741 
Stilt Sandpiper  125  740 
Belted Kingfisher  125  740 
Razorbill  127  735 
Black-throated Green Warbler  128  733 
Northern Shrike  129  732 
Great Cormorant  130  707 
Northern Parula  131  698 
American Woodcock  132  693 
Palm Warbler  133  689 
Magnolia Warbler  134  669 
Laughing Gull  135  660 
Red Knot  136  654 
American Bittern  137  649 
Pied-billed Grebe  138  645 
Blue-headed Vireo  139  633 
Black-throated Blue Warbler  140  621 
 Jan  Feb  Mar  Apr  May  Jun  Jul  Aug  Sep  Oct  Nov  Dec
Whimbrel  141  613 
Eastern Meadowlark  142  591 
Orchard Oriole  143  589 
Long-billed Dowitcher  144  585 
Virginia Rail  145  573 
White-breasted Nuthatch  146  570 
American Pipit  147  557 
Ruby-throated Hummingbird  148  553 
Lesser Scaup  149  550 
Pine Warbler  150  545 
Northern Waterthrush  151  544 
Least Bittern  152  540 
Short-eared Owl  153  529 
White-crowned Sparrow  154  528 
American Golden-Plover  155  518 
Brown Creeper  155  518 
Ruddy Duck  157  513 
Chimney Swift  158  492 
Hairy Woodpecker  158  492 
Wilson's Warbler  160  481 
 Jan  Feb  Mar  Apr  May  Jun  Jul  Aug  Sep  Oct  Nov  Dec
Sora  161  473 
Snow Goose  162  466 
Nashville Warbler  163  456 
Rose-breasted Grosbeak  164  444 
Common Raven  165  436 
Ovenbird  166  430 
Tufted Titmouse  167  414 
House Wren  168  407 
Chestnut-sided Warbler  169  400 
Roseate Tern  170  394 
Purple Sandpiper  171  384 
Wilson's Snipe  172  369 
Wood Duck  173  366 
Black-legged Kittiwake  174  363 
Eastern Wood-Pewee  175  361 
Blackburnian Warbler  176  352 
Common Merganser  177  349 
American Coot  178  344 
Lapland Longspur  179  338 
Yellow-bellied Sapsucker  180  333 
 Jan  Feb  Mar  Apr  May  Jun  Jul  Aug  Sep  Oct  Nov  Dec
Swainson's Thrush  181  329 
Canada Warbler  181  329 
Baird's Sandpiper  183  323 
Black-billed Cuckoo  184  319 
Green Heron  185  313 
Scarlet Tanager  186  312 
Hudsonian Godwit  187  311 
Ring-necked Duck  188  309 
Western Sandpiper  189  307 
Great Horned Owl  190  306 
Least Flycatcher  191  304 
Blue-gray Gnatcatcher  192  302 
Veery  193  293 
Alder Flycatcher  194  286 
Red-bellied Woodpecker  195  279 
Common Redpoll  196  276 
Warbling Vireo  196  276 
Eurasian Wigeon  198  274 
Eastern Whip-poor-will  199  267 
Prairie Warbler  200  266 
 Jan  Feb  Mar  Apr  May  Jun  Jul  Aug  Sep  Oct  Nov  Dec
Forster's Tern  201  262 
Pine Siskin  202  249 
Yellow-billed Cuckoo  203  244 
Bay-breasted Warbler  204  240 
Wilson's Phalarope  205  223 
Fox Sparrow  206  210 
Philadelphia Vireo  207  203 
Lincoln's Sparrow  208  202 
Yellow-crowned Night-Heron  209  201 
Tricolored Heron  210  199 
Northern Rough-winged Swallow  211  193 
Solitary Sandpiper  212  191 
Winter Wren  212  191 
Buff-breasted Sandpiper  214  188 
Clay-colored Sparrow  215  181 
Cape May Warbler  216  173 
Little Blue Heron  217  170 
Lesser Black-backed Gull  218  161 
Barred Owl  218  161 
Yellow-bellied Flycatcher  220  158 
 Jan  Feb  Mar  Apr  May  Jun  Jul  Aug  Sep  Oct  Nov  Dec
Wood Thrush  220  158 
Redhead  222  152 
Cliff Swallow  223  140 
Caspian Tern  224  136 
American Avocet  225  135 
Mourning Warbler  226  134 
White-winged Crossbill  227  131 
Indigo Bunting  228  126 
Iceland Gull  229  124 
Little Gull  230  123 
Tennessee Warbler  230  123 
Fish Crow  232  122 
King Rail  233  116 
Black Tern  233  116 
Wilson's Storm-Petrel  235  114 
Common Gallinule  236  111 
Blue-winged Warbler  237  98/18 
Dickcissel  238  97/16 
Marbled Godwit  239  93/17 
Orange-crowned Warbler  240  92/18 
 Jan  Feb  Mar  Apr  May  Jun  Jul  Aug  Sep  Oct  Nov  Dec
White-eyed Vireo  241  91/17 
Clapper Rail  242  90/10 
King Eider  243  89/9 
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  76/18 
Olive-sided Flycatcher  250  72/18 
Western Grebe  251  70/6 
Black Skimmer  252  66/10 
Manx Shearwater  253  65/18 
Ring-necked Pheasant  254  60/10 
Red-shouldered Hawk  254  60/14 
Connecticut Warbler  256  58/19 
Yellow-throated Vireo  257  57/16 
Lark Sparrow  258  56/16 
Hooded Warbler  259  51/16 
Parasitic Jaeger  260  50/16 
 Jan  Feb  Mar  Apr  May  Jun  Jul  Aug  Sep  Oct  Nov  Dec
Glaucous Gull  261  48/14 
Great Shearwater  261  48/12 
Vesper Sparrow  261  48/16 
Gull-billed Tern  264  44/8 
Northern Goshawk  264  44/17 
Summer Tanager  266  43/12 
American Oystercatcher  267  40/16 
Eastern Bluebird  267  40/16 
Dovekie  269  39/13 
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 
Royal Tern  276  34/11 
Barrow's Goldeneye  277  33/6 
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 
Greater White-fronted Goose  282  26/2 
Red-necked Phalarope  283  25/9 
Scissor-tailed Flycatcher  283  25/2 
Curlew Sandpiper  285  24/5 
Red Phalarope  285  24/7 
Cattle Egret  285  24/7 
Grasshopper Sparrow  285  24/8 
Harlequin Duck  289  23/8 
White-faced Ibis  290  22/7 
Kentucky Warbler  291  21/10 
Canvasback  292  20/7 
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 
American White Pelican  316  8/7 
Evening Grosbeak  316  8/4 
Louisiana Waterthrush  316  8/8 
Golden-winged Warbler  316  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 
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 688,236. Total sightings are 336,190.

May 31, 2020, Tom Wetmore