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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 September 28, 2022

 Species n N  Jan  Feb  Mar  Apr  May  Jun  Jul  Aug  Sep  Oct  Nov  Dec
Herring Gull  1  6184 
Canada Goose  2  6134 
American Robin  3  6071 
American Black Duck  4  5935 
Mallard  5  5927 
American Crow  6  5778 
Black-capped Chickadee  6  5778 
Great Black-backed Gull  8  5730 
Song Sparrow  9  5690 
Northern Mockingbird  10  5553 
Northern Cardinal  11  5207 
European Starling  12  5180 
Blue Jay  13  5080 
Mourning Dove  14  5031 
Northern Harrier  15  4889 
Gadwall  16  4868 
American Goldfinch  17  4644 
Ring-billed Gull  18  4567 
Double-crested Cormorant  19  4367 
Green-winged Teal  20  4295 
 Jan  Feb  Mar  Apr  May  Jun  Jul  Aug  Sep  Oct  Nov  Dec
House Sparrow  21  4180 
Great Egret  22  4103 
Common Loon  23  4094 
Greater Yellowlegs  24  4089 
Gray Catbird  25  3910 
Rock Pigeon  26  3848 
Great Blue Heron  27  3835 
Downy Woodpecker  28  3712 
Common Eider  29  3672 
Mute Swan  30  3648 
Red-winged Blackbird  31  3647 
White-winged Scoter  32  3612 
Eastern Towhee  33  3526 
Tree Swallow  34  3379 
Snowy Egret  35  3363 
House Finch  36  3338 
Killdeer  37  3258 
Common Grackle  38  3214 
Osprey  39  3188 
Black-bellied Plover  40  3183 
 Jan  Feb  Mar  Apr  May  Jun  Jul  Aug  Sep  Oct  Nov  Dec
Cedar Waxwing  41  3168 
Red-breasted Merganser  42  3164 
Brown Thrasher  43  2875 
White-throated Sparrow  44  2873 
Northern Pintail  45  2859 
Savannah Sparrow  46  2823 
Long-tailed Duck  47  2764 
Sanderling  48  2743 
Semipalmated Plover  49  2701 
Semipalmated Sandpiper  50  2695 
Black Scoter  51  2655 
Purple Finch  52  2652 
Marsh Wren  53  2644 
Dunlin  54  2642 
Bufflehead  55  2633 
Common Yellowthroat  56  2592 
Peregrine Falcon  57  2509 
Lesser Yellowlegs  58  2493 
Red-tailed Hawk  59  2477 
Barn Swallow  60  2469 
 Jan  Feb  Mar  Apr  May  Jun  Jul  Aug  Sep  Oct  Nov  Dec
Yellow-rumped Warbler  61  2448 
Eastern Kingbird  62  2408 
American Tree Sparrow  63  2393 
Yellow Warbler  64  2310 
Red-throated Loon  65  2278 
Common Tern  66  2253 
Northern Flicker  67  2225 
Northern Gannet  68  2216 
Least Sandpiper  69  2180 
Horned Grebe  70  2176 
Wild Turkey  71  2164 
Bobolink  72  2155 
Turkey Vulture  73  2135 
Willet  74  2123 
Brown-headed Cowbird  75  2065 
Short-billed Dowitcher  76  2059 
Purple Martin  77  2055 
Red-breasted Nuthatch  78  2050 
Common Goldeneye  79  2034 
Least Tern  80  2010 
 Jan  Feb  Mar  Apr  May  Jun  Jul  Aug  Sep  Oct  Nov  Dec
Piping Plover  81  1973 
Merlin  82  1965 
Field Sparrow  82  1965 
Baltimore Oriole  84  1934 
Saltmarsh Sparrow  85  1903 
Dark-eyed Junco  86  1894 
Swamp Sparrow  87  1892 
Hooded Merganser  88  1883 
Eastern Phoebe  89  1879 
White-rumped Sandpiper  90  1864 
American Redstart  91  1806 
American Wigeon  92  1779 
Bald Eagle  93  1754 
Cooper's Hawk  94  1638 
Black-crowned Night-Heron  95  1625 
Surf Scoter  96  1585 
Bonaparte's Gull  97  1556 
Red-eyed Vireo  98  1520 
Spotted Sandpiper  99  1484 
Hermit Thrush  100  1476 
 Jan  Feb  Mar  Apr  May  Jun  Jul  Aug  Sep  Oct  Nov  Dec
Horned Lark  101  1473 
Snowy Owl  102  1472 
Willow Flycatcher  103  1468 
Rough-legged Hawk  104  1401 
Red-necked Grebe  105  1378 
Golden-crowned Kinglet  106  1341 
Northern Shoveler  107  1277 
Bank Swallow  108  1252 
Ruby-crowned Kinglet  109  1216 
Blue-winged Teal  110  1207 
Snow Bunting  111  1168 
Chipping Sparrow  112  1122 
Carolina Wren  113  1086 
Brant  114  1060 
Great Crested Flycatcher  115  1029 
Sharp-shinned Hawk  116  989 
Glossy Ibis  117  988 
Black-and-white Warbler  118  971 
American Kestrel  119  963 
Greater Scaup  120  945 
 Jan  Feb  Mar  Apr  May  Jun  Jul  Aug  Sep  Oct  Nov  Dec
Stilt Sandpiper  121  894 
Pectoral Sandpiper  122  892 
Razorbill  123  879 
Ruddy Turnstone  124  871 
Seaside Sparrow  124  871 
Belted Kingfisher  126  869 
Blackpoll Warbler  127  868 
Northern Parula  128  826 
Black-throated Green Warbler  129  822 
Palm Warbler  130  799 
Laughing Gull  131  785 
American Woodcock  132  783 
Orchard Oriole  132  783 
Great Cormorant  134  781 
Least Bittern  135  773 
Long-billed Dowitcher  136  767 
Northern Shrike  137  763 
Red Knot  138  753 
Pied-billed Grebe  139  750 
Magnolia Warbler  140  744 
 Jan  Feb  Mar  Apr  May  Jun  Jul  Aug  Sep  Oct  Nov  Dec
Blue-headed Vireo  141  724 
Pine Warbler  142  711 
American Bittern  143  699 
Whimbrel  144  695 
Virginia Rail  145  689 
Common Raven  146  680 
White-breasted Nuthatch  147  678 
Black-throated Blue Warbler  148  673 
Ruby-throated Hummingbird  149  651 
American Pipit  150  612 
Northern Waterthrush  151  611 
Brown Creeper  152  607 
Eastern Meadowlark  153  600 
White-crowned Sparrow  154  596 
American Golden-Plover  155  594 
Lesser Scaup  156  580 
Hairy Woodpecker  157  575 
Chimney Swift  158  574 
Short-eared Owl  159  571 
House Wren  160  541 
 Jan  Feb  Mar  Apr  May  Jun  Jul  Aug  Sep  Oct  Nov  Dec
Ruddy Duck  161  535 
Rose-breasted Grosbeak  162  532 
Wilson's Warbler  163  529 
Tufted Titmouse  164  516 
Snow Goose  165  510 
Sora  166  498 
Nashville Warbler  166  498 
Ovenbird  168  487 
Yellow-bellied Sapsucker  169  484 
American Coot  170  480 
Roseate Tern  171  459 
Eastern Wood-Pewee  172  447 
Chestnut-sided Warbler  172  447 
Wood Duck  174  421 
Purple Sandpiper  175  418 
Blackburnian Warbler  176  401 
Swainson's Thrush  177  400 
Wilson's Snipe  178  388 
Common Merganser  179  383 
Alder Flycatcher  179  383 
 Jan  Feb  Mar  Apr  May  Jun  Jul  Aug  Sep  Oct  Nov  Dec
Black-legged Kittiwake  181  376 
Canada Warbler  182  368 
Great Horned Owl  183  366 
Green Heron  184  363 
Hudsonian Godwit  185  361 
Ring-necked Duck  186  358 
Red-bellied Woodpecker  186  358 
Baird's Sandpiper  188  354 
Lapland Longspur  189  353 
Least Flycatcher  190  352 
Scarlet Tanager  190  352 
Common Redpoll  192  348 
Western Sandpiper  193  345 
Veery  194  340 
Blue-gray Gnatcatcher  195  337 
Black-billed Cuckoo  196  332 
Warbling Vireo  197  325 
Yellow-crowned Night-Heron  198  322 
Eastern Whip-poor-will  199  305 
Pine Siskin  200  304 
 Jan  Feb  Mar  Apr  May  Jun  Jul  Aug  Sep  Oct  Nov  Dec
Prairie Warbler  200  304 
Forster's Tern  202  281 
Eurasian Wigeon  203  279 
Bay-breasted Warbler  203  279 
Yellow-billed Cuckoo  205  272 
Fox Sparrow  206  271 
Tricolored Heron  207  247 
Philadelphia Vireo  208  244 
Solitary Sandpiper  209  234 
Wilson's Phalarope  210  233 
Lincoln's Sparrow  211  228 
American Avocet  212  227 
Cape May Warbler  213  216 
Northern Rough-winged Swallow  214  214 
Winter Wren  215  213 
Buff-breasted Sandpiper  216  208 
Little Blue Heron  217  206 
Clay-colored Sparrow  217  206 
Lesser Black-backed Gull  219  204 
Fish Crow  220  184 
 Jan  Feb  Mar  Apr  May  Jun  Jul  Aug  Sep  Oct  Nov  Dec
Yellow-bellied Flycatcher  221  174 
Wood Thrush  222  172 
Caspian Tern  223  169 
Barred Owl  224  162 
King Rail  225  160 
Redhead  226  153 
Red Crossbill  227  151 
Cliff Swallow  228  150 
Tennessee Warbler  228  150 
Mourning Warbler  230  149 
Black Tern  231  145 
Iceland Gull  232  144 
Black Guillemot  233  143 
Wilson's Storm-Petrel  234  140 
White-winged Crossbill  235  139 
Indigo Bunting  235  139 
Dickcissel  237  131 
Little Gull  238  124 
Nelson's Sparrow  239  120 
Common Gallinule  240  118 
 Jan  Feb  Mar  Apr  May  Jun  Jul  Aug  Sep  Oct  Nov  Dec
Blue-winged Warbler  241  107 
King Eider  242  103 
Yellow-throated Vireo  242  103 
Clapper Rail  244  101 
White-eyed Vireo  245  100 
Marbled Godwit  246  99/19 
Orange-crowned Warbler  246  99/20 
Rusty Blackbird  248  94/19 
Common Nighthawk  249  87/20 
Ring-necked Pheasant  250  84/12 
Yellow-breasted Chat  250  84/15 
Olive-sided Flycatcher  252  82/20 
Black Skimmer  253  80/13 
Western Grebe  254  71/7 
Lark Sparrow  255  69/18 
Manx Shearwater  256  66/19 
Red-shouldered Hawk  257  64/16 
Connecticut Warbler  257  64/22 
Parasitic Jaeger  259  58/18 
Harlequin Duck  260  57/11 
 Jan  Feb  Mar  Apr  May  Jun  Jul  Aug  Sep  Oct  Nov  Dec
Great Shearwater  261  54/14 
Hooded Warbler  261  54/18 
American Oystercatcher  263  51/18 
Vesper Sparrow  263  51/17 
Glaucous Gull  265  48/14 
Eastern Bluebird  266  47/18 
Cory's Shearwater  267  45/12 
Gray-cheeked Thrush  267  45/18 
Gull-billed Tern  269  44/8 
Northern Goshawk  269  44/17 
Summer Tanager  269  44/13 
Northern Saw-whet Owl  272  43/14 
Dovekie  273  42/14 
Thick-billed Murre  273  42/17 
Broad-winged Hawk  273  42/17 
Western Kingbird  276  40/10 
Black-headed Gull  277  39/12 
Royal Tern  278  37/12 
Barrow's Goldeneye  279  35/7 
Long-eared Owl  280  33/14 
 Jan  Feb  Mar  Apr  May  Jun  Jul  Aug  Sep  Oct  Nov  Dec
Arctic Tern  281  32/13 
Red-necked Phalarope  282  29/12 
Worm-eating Warbler  282  29/12 
Red Phalarope  284  28/8 
Cattle Egret  285  27/9 
Greater White-fronted Goose  286  26/2 
Scissor-tailed Flycatcher  287  25/2 
Grasshopper Sparrow  287  25/9 
Curlew Sandpiper  289  24/5 
White-faced Ibis  290  22/7 
Canvasback  291  21/8 
Sooty Shearwater  291  21/13 
Kentucky Warbler  291  21/10 
Upland Sandpiper  294  19/10 
Black Rail  295  18/1 
Ruff  296  17/9 
Pine Grosbeak  296  17/5 
Prothonotary Warbler  296  17/10 
Common Murre  299  16/9 
Hoary Redpoll  299  16/7 
 Jan  Feb  Mar  Apr  May  Jun  Jul  Aug  Sep  Oct  Nov  Dec
Pacific Loon  301  15/6 
Ross's Goose  302  14/4 
Acadian Flycatcher  302  14/11 
Bohemian Waxwing  302  14/8 
Evening Grosbeak  302  14/5 
Ash-throated Flycatcher  306  13/3 
Blue Grosbeak  306  13/5 
Eastern Screech-Owl  308  12/8 
Green-tailed Towhee  308  12/1 
Black-tailed Godwit  310  11/1 
Pomarine Jaeger  310  11/7 
Leach's Storm-Petrel  310  11/7 
Black-necked Stilt  313  10/2 
Cave Swallow  313  10/6 
Yellow-throated Warbler  313  10/5 
Black Vulture  316  9/7 
Louisiana Waterthrush  316  9/9 
Cackling Goose  318  8/3 
American White Pelican  318  8/7 
Golden-winged Warbler  318  8/5 
 Jan  Feb  Mar  Apr  May  Jun  Jul  Aug  Sep  Oct  Nov  Dec
Common Ringed Plover  321  7/2 
Golden Eagle  321  7/6 
Red-headed Woodpecker  321  7/4 
Gyrfalcon  321  7/5 
Swainson's Warbler  321  7/1 
Cerulean Warbler  321  7/5 
Sandhill Crane  327  6/6 
Wilson's Plover  327  6/3 
Red-necked Stint  327  6/2 
Atlantic Puffin  327  6/4 
Sandwich Tern  327  6/2 
Northern Fulmar  327  6/4 
Pacific Golden-Plover  333  5/1 
Franklin's Gull  333  5/4 
Brown Pelican  333  5/1 
Say's Phoebe  333  5/3 
Yellow-headed Blackbird  333  5/4 
Sedge Wren  338  4/4 
Northern Wheatear  338  4/2 
Chuck-will's-widow  340  3/3 
 Jan  Feb  Mar  Apr  May  Jun  Jul  Aug  Sep  Oct  Nov  Dec
Loggerhead Shrike  340  3/1 
Western Tanager  340  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 
Sage Thrasher  350 
Townsend's Solitaire  350 
Bicknell's Thrush  350 
Chestnut-collared Longspur  350 
Black-throated Gray Warbler  350 

Total reports are 854,673. Total sightings are 393,187.

September 28, 2022, Tom Wetmore