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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 April 25, 2017

 Species n N  Jan  Feb  Mar  Apr  May  Jun  Jul  Aug  Sep  Oct  Nov  Dec
Herring Gull  1  4334 
Canada Goose  2  4333 
American Robin  3  4257 
American Crow  4  4204 
American Black Duck  5  4183 
Mallard  6  4130 
Great Black-backed Gull  7  4005 
Black-capped Chickadee  8  3974 
Song Sparrow  9  3951 
Northern Mockingbird  10  3874 
European Starling  11  3639 
Northern Harrier  12  3593 
Northern Cardinal  13  3531 
Gadwall  14  3518 
Mourning Dove  15  3477 
Blue Jay  16  3459 
Ring-billed Gull  17  3254 
American Goldfinch  18  3136 
Double-crested Cormorant  19  3056 
Green-winged Teal  20  3026 
 Jan  Feb  Mar  Apr  May  Jun  Jul  Aug  Sep  Oct  Nov  Dec
Common Loon  21  2900 
Greater Yellowlegs  22  2894 
Great Egret  23  2837 
House Sparrow  24  2739 
Great Blue Heron  25  2735 
Gray Catbird  26  2587 
Rock Pigeon  27  2523 
Mute Swan  28  2510 
White-winged Scoter  29  2465 
Common Eider  30  2457 
Downy Woodpecker  31  2449 
Eastern Towhee  32  2431 
Red-winged Blackbird  33  2423 
Snowy Egret  34  2376 
Tree Swallow  35  2351 
Red-breasted Merganser  36  2261 
Black-bellied Plover  37  2227 
Common Grackle  38  2203 
Killdeer  39  2169 
Osprey  40  2157 
 Jan  Feb  Mar  Apr  May  Jun  Jul  Aug  Sep  Oct  Nov  Dec
Cedar Waxwing  41  2151 
Northern Pintail  42  2125 
Savannah Sparrow  43  2063 
Brown Thrasher  44  2050 
House Finch  45  2009 
White-throated Sparrow  46  2005 
Long-tailed Duck  47  1890 
Bufflehead  48  1864 
Sanderling  49  1834 
Semipalmated Plover  50  1829 
Semipalmated Sandpiper  51  1827 
Purple Finch  52  1821 
Dunlin  53  1790 
American Tree Sparrow  54  1765 
Marsh Wren  55  1755 
Lesser Yellowlegs  56  1748 
Common Yellowthroat  57  1736 
Red-tailed Hawk  58  1724 
Black Scoter  59  1708 
Peregrine Falcon  60  1707 
 Jan  Feb  Mar  Apr  May  Jun  Jul  Aug  Sep  Oct  Nov  Dec
Red-throated Loon  61  1694 
Barn Swallow  62  1658 
Eastern Kingbird  63  1656 
Northern Gannet  64  1626 
Yellow Warbler  65  1598 
Common Tern  66  1596 
Horned Grebe  67  1592 
Yellow-rumped Warbler  68  1577 
Least Sandpiper  69  1494 
Northern Flicker  70  1486 
Bobolink  71  1469 
Willet  72  1452 
Merlin  73  1447 
Turkey Vulture  74  1426 
Brown-headed Cowbird  75  1422 
Hooded Merganser  76  1409 
Short-billed Dowitcher  77  1393 
Purple Martin  78  1381 
Common Goldeneye  79  1374 
Least Tern  80  1367 
 Jan  Feb  Mar  Apr  May  Jun  Jul  Aug  Sep  Oct  Nov  Dec
American Wigeon  81  1360 
Dark-eyed Junco  82  1356 
Field Sparrow  83  1338 
Bonaparte's Gull  84  1329 
Red-breasted Nuthatch  85  1303 
Eastern Phoebe  86  1301 
Baltimore Oriole  87  1291 
Wild Turkey  88  1289 
Piping Plover  89  1278 
White-rumped Sandpiper  90  1255 
Saltmarsh Sparrow  91  1243 
American Redstart  92  1175 
Horned Lark  93  1150 
Black-crowned Night-Heron  94  1127 
Red-necked Grebe  95  1103 
Swamp Sparrow  96  1100 
Rough-legged Hawk  97  1077 
Surf Scoter  98  1055 
Bald Eagle  99  1054 
Cooper's Hawk  100  1036 
 Jan  Feb  Mar  Apr  May  Jun  Jul  Aug  Sep  Oct  Nov  Dec
Snowy Owl  101  1009 
Blue-winged Teal  102  1004 
Willow Flycatcher  103  983 
Northern Shoveler  103  983 
Golden-crowned Kinglet  105  968 
Spotted Sandpiper  106  956 
Hermit Thrush  107  909 
Red-eyed Vireo  108  885 
Bank Swallow  109  879 
Snow Bunting  109  879 
Ruby-crowned Kinglet  111  869 
Sharp-shinned Hawk  112  802 
Chipping Sparrow  113  760 
Glossy Ibis  114  757 
American Kestrel  115  756 
Brant  116  753 
Greater Scaup  117  728 
Black-and-white Warbler  118  708 
Northern Shrike  119  644 
Great Cormorant  120  634 
 Jan  Feb  Mar  Apr  May  Jun  Jul  Aug  Sep  Oct  Nov  Dec
Pectoral Sandpiper  121  625 
Blackpoll Warbler  121  625 
American Woodcock  123  609 
Belted Kingfisher  123  609 
Razorbill  125  598 
American Bittern  126  595 
Black-throated Green Warbler  127  594 
Ruddy Turnstone  128  593 
Stilt Sandpiper  129  585 
Seaside Sparrow  130  583 
Pied-billed Grebe  131  581 
Laughing Gull  132  574 
Eastern Meadowlark  132  574 
Northern Parula  134  571 
Palm Warbler  135  570 
Red Knot  136  563 
Magnolia Warbler  137  554 
Great Crested Flycatcher  138  544 
Whimbrel  139  538 
Carolina Wren  140  529 
 Jan  Feb  Mar  Apr  May  Jun  Jul  Aug  Sep  Oct  Nov  Dec
Virginia Rail  141  526 
Blue-headed Vireo  142  519 
Black-throated Blue Warbler  143  510 
Lesser Scaup  144  492 
Snow Goose  145  489 
American Pipit  146  485 
White-breasted Nuthatch  147  483 
Ruddy Duck  148  472 
Ruby-throated Hummingbird  149  465 
Brown Creeper  150  464 
Short-eared Owl  151  448 
Sora  152  446 
Long-billed Dowitcher  153  440 
American Golden-Plover  154  430 
Northern Waterthrush  155  428 
Least Bittern  156  426 
White-crowned Sparrow  157  419 
Chimney Swift  158  411 
Wilson's Warbler  159  402 
Nashville Warbler  160  379 
 Jan  Feb  Mar  Apr  May  Jun  Jul  Aug  Sep  Oct  Nov  Dec
Pine Warbler  161  374 
House Wren  162  367 
Orchard Oriole  163  364 
Rose-breasted Grosbeak  164  360 
Black-legged Kittiwake  165  357 
Ovenbird  166  343 
Hairy Woodpecker  167  341 
Wilson's Snipe  168  339 
Tufted Titmouse  169  330 
Chestnut-sided Warbler  170  328 
Roseate Tern  171  315 
Common Merganser  172  313 
Lapland Longspur  173  312 
Purple Sandpiper  174  311 
Wood Duck  175  299 
American Coot  176  291 
Blackburnian Warbler  177  287 
Green Heron  178  284 
Eastern Wood-Pewee  179  281 
Canada Warbler  180  275 
 Jan  Feb  Mar  Apr  May  Jun  Jul  Aug  Sep  Oct  Nov  Dec
Great Horned Owl  181  274 
Baird's Sandpiper  182  261 
Scarlet Tanager  182  261 
Hudsonian Godwit  184  259 
Ring-necked Duck  185  257 
Swainson's Thrush  185  257 
Eurasian Wigeon  187  256 
Black-billed Cuckoo  188  254 
Common Redpoll  189  253 
Forster's Tern  190  251 
Least Flycatcher  191  244 
Western Sandpiper  192  243 
Veery  193  236 
Warbling Vireo  194  234 
Yellow-bellied Sapsucker  195  233 
Common Raven  195  233 
Blue-gray Gnatcatcher  195  233 
Alder Flycatcher  198  228 
Pine Siskin  199  225 
Eastern Whip-poor-will  200  221 
 Jan  Feb  Mar  Apr  May  Jun  Jul  Aug  Sep  Oct  Nov  Dec
Prairie Warbler  201  213 
Red-bellied Woodpecker  202  210 
Yellow-billed Cuckoo  203  204 
Wilson's Phalarope  204  199 
Tricolored Heron  205  176 
Fox Sparrow  206  174 
Bay-breasted Warbler  207  171 
Philadelphia Vireo  208  169 
Winter Wren  209  167 
Solitary Sandpiper  210  164 
Buff-breasted Sandpiper  211  160 
Lincoln's Sparrow  211  160 
Northern Rough-winged Swallow  213  158 
Redhead  214  151 
Little Blue Heron  214  151 
Yellow-crowned Night-Heron  216  145 
Wood Thrush  217  142 
Clay-colored Sparrow  218  138 
Yellow-bellied Flycatcher  219  132 
White-winged Crossbill  220  131 
 Jan  Feb  Mar  Apr  May  Jun  Jul  Aug  Sep  Oct  Nov  Dec
Barred Owl  221  127 
Cliff Swallow  222  122 
Little Gull  223  120 
Cape May Warbler  224  117 
King Rail  225  115 
American Avocet  226  114 
Mourning Warbler  227  113 
Caspian Tern  228  112 
Iceland Gull  229  111 
Lesser Black-backed Gull  230  109 
Indigo Bunting  231  106 
Black Tern  232  99/15 
Common Gallinule  233  95/9 
Clapper Rail  234  88/9 
Tennessee Warbler  235  87/14 
Wilson's Storm-Petrel  236  84/14 
Black Guillemot  237  83/13 
Blue-winged Warbler  238  80/14 
Marbled Godwit  239  78/14 
Fish Crow  240  77/14 
 Jan  Feb  Mar  Apr  May  Jun  Jul  Aug  Sep  Oct  Nov  Dec
Red Crossbill  241  76/8 
Orange-crowned Warbler  242  74/14 
Western Grebe  243  70/6 
Dickcissel  243  70/13 
Yellow-breasted Chat  245  67/12 
Common Nighthawk  246  66/14 
Rusty Blackbird  246  66/14 
Ring-necked Pheasant  248  60/10 
Nelson's Sparrow  248  60/14 
White-eyed Vireo  250  56/13 
Olive-sided Flycatcher  251  55/14 
Black Skimmer  252  53/8 
Manx Shearwater  253  52/14 
Connecticut Warbler  254  49/16 
Lark Sparrow  255  46/12 
Yellow-throated Vireo  256  45/13 
Hooded Warbler  256  45/14 
Parasitic Jaeger  258  44/12 
Red-shouldered Hawk  258  44/11 
Northern Goshawk  260  43/16 
 Jan  Feb  Mar  Apr  May  Jun  Jul  Aug  Sep  Oct  Nov  Dec
Glaucous Gull  261  39/10 
Great Shearwater  261  39/10 
Vesper Sparrow  261  39/13 
Black-headed Gull  264  38/11 
Summer Tanager  265  37/9 
Gull-billed Tern  266  34/7 
Broad-winged Hawk  266  34/13 
Barrow's Goldeneye  268  33/6 
Eastern Bluebird  268  33/13 
Northern Saw-whet Owl  270  30/12 
American Oystercatcher  271  28/12 
Dovekie  271  28/12 
Gray-cheeked Thrush  273  27/12 
Thick-billed Murre  274  26/13 
Arctic Tern  274  26/9 
Long-eared Owl  274  26/11 
Worm-eating Warbler  274  26/10 
Red-necked Phalarope  278  25/9 
Royal Tern  278  25/8 
Cory's Shearwater  278  25/8 
 Jan  Feb  Mar  Apr  May  Jun  Jul  Aug  Sep  Oct  Nov  Dec
Scissor-tailed Flycatcher  278  25/2 
King Eider  282  24/7 
Curlew Sandpiper  282  24/5 
Harlequin Duck  284  23/8 
Red Phalarope  284  23/6 
Cattle Egret  284  23/6 
Western Kingbird  284  23/7 
Kentucky Warbler  288  19/8 
Grasshopper Sparrow  288  19/7 
Canvasback  290  18/6 
Black Rail  290  18/1 
Upland Sandpiper  292  17/8 
Sooty Shearwater  292  17/9 
White-faced Ibis  292  17/5 
Ruff  295  16/8 
Pine Grosbeak  295  16/4 
Ross's Goose  297  13/3 
Common Murre  297  13/7 
Hoary Redpoll  299  12/6 
Green-tailed Towhee  299  12/1 
 Jan  Feb  Mar  Apr  May  Jun  Jul  Aug  Sep  Oct  Nov  Dec
Blue Grosbeak  299  12/4 
Black-tailed Godwit  302  11/1 
Pomarine Jaeger  302  11/7 
Pacific Loon  302  11/4 
Leach's Storm-Petrel  302  11/7 
Ash-throated Flycatcher  302  11/2 
Bohemian Waxwing  302  11/6 
Black-necked Stilt  308  10/2 
Eastern Screech-Owl  308  10/6 
Acadian Flycatcher  308  10/8 
Cave Swallow  308  10/6 
Prothonotary Warbler  308  10/7 
Cackling Goose  313  8/3 
Black Vulture  313  8/6 
Yellow-throated Warbler  313  8/4 
Red-headed Woodpecker  316  7/4 
Gyrfalcon  316  7/5 
Louisiana Waterthrush  316  7/7 
Golden-winged Warbler  316  7/4 
Swainson's Warbler  316  7/1 
 Jan  Feb  Mar  Apr  May  Jun  Jul  Aug  Sep  Oct  Nov  Dec
Cerulean Warbler  316  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 
Say's Phoebe  324  5/3 
Sandhill Crane  330  4/4 
Common Ringed Plover  330  4/1 
Golden Eagle  330  4/3 
Evening Grosbeak  330  4/3 
Loggerhead Shrike  334  3/1 
Western Tanager  334  3/1 
Greater White-fronted Goose  336  2/1 
Eared Grebe  336  2/1 
Ringed Turtle-Dove  336  2/1 
Chuck-will's-widow  336  2/2 
Red-necked Stint  336  2/1 
 Jan  Feb  Mar  Apr  May  Jun  Jul  Aug  Sep  Oct  Nov  Dec
Long-tailed Jaeger  336  2/2 
Sabine's Gull  336  2/2 
Sedge Wren  336  2/2 
Northern Wheatear  336  2/1 
Yellow-headed Blackbird  336  2/2 
Black-bellied Whistling-Duck  346 
Northern Lapwing  346 
Wilson's Plover  346 
Elegant Tern  346 
Little Egret  346 
White Ibis  346 
Mississippi Kite  346 
Swainson's Hawk  346 
Pileated Woodpecker  346 
Eurasian Kestrel  346 
Prairie Falcon  346 
Fork-tailed Flycatcher  346 
Yellow-green Vireo  346 
Townsend's Solitaire  346 
Bicknell's Thrush  346 
 Jan  Feb  Mar  Apr  May  Jun  Jul  Aug  Sep  Oct  Nov  Dec
Sage Thrasher  346 
Chestnut-collared Longspur  346 

Total reports are 569,053. Total sightings are 273,142.

April 25, 2017, Tom Wetmore