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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 25, 2018

 Species n N  Jan  Feb  Mar  Apr  May  Jun  Jul  Aug  Sep  Oct  Nov  Dec
Herring Gull  1  4687 
Canada Goose  2  4672 
American Robin  3  4602 
American Crow  4  4539 
American Black Duck  5  4521 
Mallard  6  4464 
Great Black-backed Gull  7  4327 
Black-capped Chickadee  8  4314 
Song Sparrow  9  4271 
Northern Mockingbird  10  4194 
European Starling  11  3933 
Northern Harrier  12  3847 
Northern Cardinal  13  3829 
Blue Jay  14  3769 
Mourning Dove  15  3767 
Gadwall  16  3746 
Ring-billed Gull  17  3495 
American Goldfinch  18  3417 
Double-crested Cormorant  19  3310 
Green-winged Teal  20  3254 
 Jan  Feb  Mar  Apr  May  Jun  Jul  Aug  Sep  Oct  Nov  Dec
Common Loon  21  3151 
Greater Yellowlegs  22  3125 
Great Egret  23  3069 
House Sparrow  24  3004 
Great Blue Heron  25  2926 
Gray Catbird  26  2810 
Rock Pigeon  27  2793 
Common Eider  28  2709 
Mute Swan  29  2697 
Downy Woodpecker  30  2682 
White-winged Scoter  31  2681 
Red-winged Blackbird  32  2650 
Eastern Towhee  33  2629 
Snowy Egret  34  2571 
Tree Swallow  35  2548 
Red-breasted Merganser  36  2459 
Black-bellied Plover  37  2411 
Common Grackle  38  2396 
Killdeer  39  2369 
Osprey  40  2352 
 Jan  Feb  Mar  Apr  May  Jun  Jul  Aug  Sep  Oct  Nov  Dec
Cedar Waxwing  41  2319 
Northern Pintail  42  2249 
Savannah Sparrow  43  2222 
House Finch  44  2211 
Brown Thrasher  45  2209 
White-throated Sparrow  46  2159 
Long-tailed Duck  47  2079 
Bufflehead  48  1999 
Purple Finch  49  1990 
Semipalmated Plover  50  1988 
Semipalmated Sandpiper  51  1983 
Sanderling  52  1970 
Dunlin  52  1970 
Black Scoter  54  1906 
Marsh Wren  55  1904 
American Tree Sparrow  56  1896 
Common Yellowthroat  57  1893 
Lesser Yellowlegs  58  1882 
Red-tailed Hawk  59  1866 
Peregrine Falcon  60  1851 
 Jan  Feb  Mar  Apr  May  Jun  Jul  Aug  Sep  Oct  Nov  Dec
Red-throated Loon  61  1823 
Barn Swallow  62  1814 
Eastern Kingbird  63  1792 
Yellow-rumped Warbler  64  1777 
Northern Gannet  65  1742 
Yellow Warbler  66  1731 
Common Tern  67  1704 
Horned Grebe  68  1702 
Least Sandpiper  69  1625 
Bobolink  70  1602 
Northern Flicker  71  1593 
Willet  72  1576 
Merlin  73  1572 
Turkey Vulture  74  1554 
Brown-headed Cowbird  75  1547 
Short-billed Dowitcher  76  1513 
Purple Martin  77  1508 
Common Goldeneye  78  1484 
Hooded Merganser  79  1482 
Least Tern  80  1472 
 Jan  Feb  Mar  Apr  May  Jun  Jul  Aug  Sep  Oct  Nov  Dec
Dark-eyed Junco  81  1471 
Wild Turkey  82  1450 
Field Sparrow  83  1448 
American Wigeon  84  1443 
Red-breasted Nuthatch  85  1434 
Baltimore Oriole  86  1413 
Piping Plover  87  1400 
Eastern Phoebe  88  1396 
White-rumped Sandpiper  89  1395 
Bonaparte's Gull  90  1378 
Saltmarsh Sparrow  91  1349 
American Redstart  92  1297 
Swamp Sparrow  93  1212 
Horned Lark  94  1202 
Black-crowned Night-Heron  95  1193 
Bald Eagle  96  1181 
Red-necked Grebe  97  1171 
Surf Scoter  98  1150 
Rough-legged Hawk  99  1145 
Snowy Owl  99  1145 
 Jan  Feb  Mar  Apr  May  Jun  Jul  Aug  Sep  Oct  Nov  Dec
Cooper's Hawk  101  1123 
Golden-crowned Kinglet  102  1057 
Willow Flycatcher  103  1055 
Northern Shoveler  104  1044 
Spotted Sandpiper  105  1038 
Blue-winged Teal  106  1032 
Hermit Thrush  107  1016 
Red-eyed Vireo  108  972 
Ruby-crowned Kinglet  109  957 
Bank Swallow  110  941 
Snow Bunting  111  939 
Sharp-shinned Hawk  112  845 
Brant  113  838 
Chipping Sparrow  114  829 
Glossy Ibis  115  817 
American Kestrel  116  803 
Black-and-white Warbler  117  773 
Greater Scaup  118  754 
Blackpoll Warbler  119  671 
Stilt Sandpiper  120  665 
 Jan  Feb  Mar  Apr  May  Jun  Jul  Aug  Sep  Oct  Nov  Dec
Pectoral Sandpiper  121  663 
Great Cormorant  121  663 
Black-throated Green Warbler  123  657 
Belted Kingfisher  124  654 
Razorbill  125  646 
Northern Shrike  126  645 
American Woodcock  127  642 
Seaside Sparrow  128  641 
Ruddy Turnstone  129  633 
Northern Parula  130  632 
Palm Warbler  131  619 
Great Crested Flycatcher  132  615 
American Bittern  133  607 
Magnolia Warbler  133  607 
Pied-billed Grebe  135  602 
Laughing Gull  136  598 
Red Knot  137  595 
Eastern Meadowlark  138  578 
Blue-headed Vireo  139  573 
Black-throated Blue Warbler  140  560 
 Jan  Feb  Mar  Apr  May  Jun  Jul  Aug  Sep  Oct  Nov  Dec
Whimbrel  141  557 
Virginia Rail  142  551 
Carolina Wren  143  532 
Lesser Scaup  144  511 
American Pipit  145  504 
Ruby-throated Hummingbird  146  496 
Snow Goose  147  493 
White-breasted Nuthatch  148  490 
Brown Creeper  149  481 
Northern Waterthrush  149  481 
Ruddy Duck  151  478 
Long-billed Dowitcher  152  477 
Least Bittern  153  476 
Short-eared Owl  154  470 
American Golden-Plover  155  469 
White-crowned Sparrow  156  459 
Sora  157  454 
Orchard Oriole  158  447 
Chimney Swift  159  444 
Wilson's Warbler  160  440 
 Jan  Feb  Mar  Apr  May  Jun  Jul  Aug  Sep  Oct  Nov  Dec
Pine Warbler  161  424 
Nashville Warbler  162  408 
Rose-breasted Grosbeak  163  397 
House Wren  164  384 
Ovenbird  165  378 
Purple Sandpiper  166  365 
Black-legged Kittiwake  167  360 
Tufted Titmouse  167  360 
Chestnut-sided Warbler  169  357 
Wilson's Snipe  170  355 
Hairy Woodpecker  171  343 
Roseate Tern  172  341 
Lapland Longspur  173  326 
Common Merganser  174  321 
Blackburnian Warbler  175  317 
Wood Duck  176  311 
American Coot  177  304 
Eastern Wood-Pewee  178  300 
Canada Warbler  179  297 
Green Heron  180  294 
 Jan  Feb  Mar  Apr  May  Jun  Jul  Aug  Sep  Oct  Nov  Dec
Great Horned Owl  181  287 
Scarlet Tanager  182  284 
Common Raven  183  283 
Black-billed Cuckoo  184  282 
Swainson's Thrush  184  282 
Baird's Sandpiper  186  281 
Hudsonian Godwit  187  274 
Yellow-bellied Sapsucker  188  273 
Least Flycatcher  189  267 
Ring-necked Duck  190  266 
Eurasian Wigeon  191  259 
Veery  191  259 
Blue-gray Gnatcatcher  193  258 
Western Sandpiper  194  256 
Forster's Tern  195  254 
Common Redpoll  196  253 
Warbling Vireo  197  245 
Alder Flycatcher  198  238 
Prairie Warbler  198  238 
Eastern Whip-poor-will  200  234 
 Jan  Feb  Mar  Apr  May  Jun  Jul  Aug  Sep  Oct  Nov  Dec
Pine Siskin  201  225 
Red-bellied Woodpecker  202  224 
Yellow-billed Cuckoo  203  216 
Wilson's Phalarope  204  208 
Fox Sparrow  205  193 
Bay-breasted Warbler  206  188 
Tricolored Heron  207  184 
Philadelphia Vireo  208  176 
Winter Wren  208  176 
Lincoln's Sparrow  208  176 
Solitary Sandpiper  211  175 
Northern Rough-winged Swallow  212  172 
Buff-breasted Sandpiper  213  169 
Clay-colored Sparrow  214  160 
Little Blue Heron  215  157 
Yellow-crowned Night-Heron  216  154 
Redhead  217  151 
Wood Thrush  218  147 
Yellow-bellied Flycatcher  219  140 
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  123 
Little Gull  225  120 
American Avocet  226  117 
King Rail  227  116 
Caspian Tern  227  116 
Indigo Bunting  227  116 
Iceland Gull  230  115 
Mourning Warbler  230  115 
Common Gallinule  232  109 
Black Tern  233  105 
Tennessee Warbler  234  95/16 
Fish Crow  235  94/15 
Wilson's Storm-Petrel  236  91/15 
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 
Rusty Blackbird  245  71/16 
Common Nighthawk  245  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 
Olive-sided Flycatcher  251  58/15 
Manx Shearwater  252  57/15 
Connecticut Warbler  253  54/17 
Black Skimmer  254  53/8 
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  260  45/11 
 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 
American Oystercatcher  272  32/14 
Northern Saw-whet Owl  273  31/12 
Gray-cheeked Thrush  273  31/13 
King Eider  275  30/8 
Thick-billed Murre  276  29/14 
Arctic Tern  277  28/10 
Long-eared Owl  277  28/12 
Worm-eating Warbler  279  27/11 
Red-necked Phalarope  280  25/9 
 Jan  Feb  Mar  Apr  May  Jun  Jul  Aug  Sep  Oct  Nov  Dec
Royal Tern  280  25/8 
Scissor-tailed Flycatcher  280  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 
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 
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
Prothonotary Warbler  300  12/9 
Green-tailed Towhee  300  12/1 
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 
Western Meadowlark  337  2/1 
Yellow-headed Blackbird  337  2/2 
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 610,350. Total sightings are 295,235.

May 25, 2018, Tom Wetmore