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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 August 1, 2020

 Species n N  Jan  Feb  Mar  Apr  May  Jun  Jul  Aug  Sep  Oct  Nov  Dec
Herring Gull  1  5410 
Canada Goose  2  5378 
American Robin  3  5307 
American Black Duck  4  5206 
Mallard  5  5167 
American Crow  6  5090 
Black-capped Chickadee  7  5012 
Great Black-backed Gull  8  4986 
Song Sparrow  9  4936 
Northern Mockingbird  10  4817 
European Starling  11  4514 
Northern Cardinal  12  4459 
Blue Jay  13  4374 
Mourning Dove  14  4361 
Northern Harrier  15  4299 
Gadwall  16  4254 
American Goldfinch  17  4014 
Ring-billed Gull  18  3999 
Double-crested Cormorant  19  3810 
Green-winged Teal  20  3707 
 Jan  Feb  Mar  Apr  May  Jun  Jul  Aug  Sep  Oct  Nov  Dec
Common Loon  21  3582 
Greater Yellowlegs  22  3578 
Great Egret  23  3551 
House Sparrow  24  3537 
Great Blue Heron  25  3332 
Gray Catbird  26  3296 
Rock Pigeon  27  3224 
Common Eider  28  3180 
Downy Woodpecker  29  3108 
Red-winged Blackbird  30  3098 
Mute Swan  31  3081 
White-winged Scoter  32  3057 
Eastern Towhee  33  3054 
Tree Swallow  34  2965 
Snowy Egret  35  2948 
Common Grackle  36  2792 
Red-breasted Merganser  37  2788 
Killdeer  38  2787 
Black-bellied Plover  39  2773 
Osprey  40  2758 
 Jan  Feb  Mar  Apr  May  Jun  Jul  Aug  Sep  Oct  Nov  Dec
Cedar Waxwing  41  2716 
House Finch  42  2706 
Brown Thrasher  43  2525 
Northern Pintail  44  2506 
Savannah Sparrow  45  2502 
White-throated Sparrow  46  2457 
Long-tailed Duck  47  2385 
Semipalmated Sandpiper  48  2318 
Semipalmated Plover  49  2316 
Purple Finch  50  2306 
Bufflehead  51  2298 
Sanderling  52  2297 
Black Scoter  53  2254 
Dunlin  53  2254 
Common Yellowthroat  55  2240 
Marsh Wren  56  2237 
Red-tailed Hawk  57  2200 
Lesser Yellowlegs  58  2159 
Peregrine Falcon  59  2133 
Barn Swallow  60  2123 
 Jan  Feb  Mar  Apr  May  Jun  Jul  Aug  Sep  Oct  Nov  Dec
American Tree Sparrow  61  2122 
Eastern Kingbird  62  2105 
Yellow-rumped Warbler  63  2077 
Yellow Warbler  64  2027 
Red-throated Loon  65  2001 
Common Tern  66  1973 
Northern Gannet  67  1953 
Horned Grebe  68  1909 
Bobolink  69  1891 
Least Sandpiper  70  1871 
Northern Flicker  71  1856 
Willet  72  1851 
Turkey Vulture  73  1829 
Wild Turkey  74  1818 
Brown-headed Cowbird  75  1797 
Purple Martin  75  1797 
Short-billed Dowitcher  77  1755 
Least Tern  78  1754 
Common Goldeneye  79  1750 
Merlin  80  1727 
 Jan  Feb  Mar  Apr  May  Jun  Jul  Aug  Sep  Oct  Nov  Dec
Field Sparrow  81  1707 
Piping Plover  82  1679 
Baltimore Oriole  83  1674 
Red-breasted Nuthatch  84  1669 
Dark-eyed Junco  85  1653 
Hooded Merganser  86  1649 
Saltmarsh Sparrow  87  1627 
American Wigeon  88  1613 
Eastern Phoebe  89  1602 
White-rumped Sandpiper  90  1580 
American Redstart  91  1557 
Swamp Sparrow  92  1522 
Bonaparte's Gull  93  1470 
Bald Eagle  94  1405 
Black-crowned Night-Heron  95  1376 
Surf Scoter  96  1329 
Cooper's Hawk  97  1313 
Rough-legged Hawk  97  1313 
Horned Lark  99  1295 
Willow Flycatcher  100  1282 
 Jan  Feb  Mar  Apr  May  Jun  Jul  Aug  Sep  Oct  Nov  Dec
Snowy Owl  101  1278 
Red-necked Grebe  102  1262 
Spotted Sandpiper  103  1257 
Red-eyed Vireo  104  1215 
Hermit Thrush  105  1197 
Golden-crowned Kinglet  106  1185 
Northern Shoveler  107  1175 
Bank Swallow  108  1092 
Blue-winged Teal  109  1085 
Ruby-crowned Kinglet  110  1072 
Snow Bunting  111  1032 
Chipping Sparrow  112  972 
Brant  113  944 
Glossy Ibis  114  913 
Sharp-shinned Hawk  115  906 
American Kestrel  116  873 
Black-and-white Warbler  117  855 
Greater Scaup  118  851 
Great Crested Flycatcher  119  822 
Carolina Wren  120  789 
 Jan  Feb  Mar  Apr  May  Jun  Jul  Aug  Sep  Oct  Nov  Dec
Blackpoll Warbler  121  769 
Pectoral Sandpiper  122  757 
Seaside Sparrow  123  753 
Stilt Sandpiper  124  749 
Ruddy Turnstone  125  744 
Belted Kingfisher  126  743 
Black-throated Green Warbler  127  738 
Razorbill  128  735 
Northern Shrike  129  732 
Great Cormorant  130  707 
Northern Parula  131  704 
American Woodcock  132  700 
Palm Warbler  133  689 
Laughing Gull  134  669 
Magnolia Warbler  134  669 
Red Knot  136  656 
American Bittern  137  649 
Pied-billed Grebe  138  646 
Blue-headed Vireo  139  633 
Orchard Oriole  140  625 
 Jan  Feb  Mar  Apr  May  Jun  Jul  Aug  Sep  Oct  Nov  Dec
Black-throated Blue Warbler  141  621 
Whimbrel  142  618 
Eastern Meadowlark  143  591 
Long-billed Dowitcher  144  587 
Least Bittern  145  580 
Virginia Rail  146  579 
White-breasted Nuthatch  147  571 
Ruby-throated Hummingbird  148  558 
American Pipit  149  557 
Lesser Scaup  150  550 
Pine Warbler  151  546 
Northern Waterthrush  152  544 
Short-eared Owl  153  529 
White-crowned Sparrow  154  528 
American Golden-Plover  155  519 
Brown Creeper  156  518 
Ruddy Duck  157  513 
Chimney Swift  158  504 
Hairy Woodpecker  159  493 
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  450 
Common Raven  165  441 
Ovenbird  166  436 
House Wren  167  431 
Tufted Titmouse  168  415 
Roseate Tern  169  406 
Chestnut-sided Warbler  170  401 
Purple Sandpiper  171  384 
Wood Duck  172  370 
Wilson's Snipe  173  369 
Eastern Wood-Pewee  174  364 
Black-legged Kittiwake  175  363 
Blackburnian Warbler  176  354 
Common Merganser  177  349 
American Coot  178  344 
Lapland Longspur  179  338 
Alder Flycatcher  180  334 
 Jan  Feb  Mar  Apr  May  Jun  Jul  Aug  Sep  Oct  Nov  Dec
Yellow-bellied Sapsucker  181  333 
Swainson's Thrush  182  329 
Canada Warbler  182  329 
Green Heron  184  326 
Baird's Sandpiper  185  324 
Black-billed Cuckoo  186  321 
Scarlet Tanager  187  314 
Hudsonian Godwit  188  312 
Least Flycatcher  189  310 
Ring-necked Duck  190  309 
Western Sandpiper  191  307 
Great Horned Owl  192  306 
Blue-gray Gnatcatcher  193  302 
Veery  194  294 
Warbling Vireo  195  281 
Red-bellied Woodpecker  196  279 
Common Redpoll  197  276 
Eurasian Wigeon  198  274 
Eastern Whip-poor-will  199  271 
Prairie Warbler  200  267 
 Jan  Feb  Mar  Apr  May  Jun  Jul  Aug  Sep  Oct  Nov  Dec
Forster's Tern  201  262 
Yellow-billed Cuckoo  202  254 
Pine Siskin  203  249 
Bay-breasted Warbler  204  240 
Wilson's Phalarope  205  224 
Tricolored Heron  206  214 
Fox Sparrow  207  210 
Philadelphia Vireo  208  203 
Yellow-crowned Night-Heron  209  202 
Lincoln's Sparrow  209  202 
Northern Rough-winged Swallow  211  197 
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  216  173 
Lesser Black-backed Gull  218  161 
Barred Owl  218  161 
Yellow-bellied Flycatcher  220  159 
 Jan  Feb  Mar  Apr  May  Jun  Jul  Aug  Sep  Oct  Nov  Dec
Wood Thrush  221  158 
Redhead  222  152 
Cliff Swallow  223  140 
American Avocet  224  137 
Caspian Tern  224  137 
Mourning Warbler  226  134 
White-winged Crossbill  227  131 
Indigo Bunting  228  126 
Iceland Gull  229  124 
Fish Crow  229  124 
Tennessee Warbler  229  124 
Little Gull  232  123 
Black Tern  233  118 
King Rail  234  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 
Black Skimmer  251  71/11 
Western Grebe  252  70/6 
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  41/16 
Eastern Bluebird  268  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 
Royal Tern  275  35/11 
Gray-cheeked Thrush  275  35/15 
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 
Sooty Shearwater  293  19/11 
Black Rail  294  18/1 
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 
Wilson's Plover  326  6/3 
Red-necked Stint  326  6/2 
Atlantic Puffin  326  6/4 
Sandwich Tern  326  6/2 
Northern Fulmar  326  6/4 
Pacific Golden-Plover  332  5/1 
Franklin's Gull  332  5/4 
Brown Pelican  332  5/1 
Golden Eagle  332  5/4 
Say's Phoebe  332  5/3 
Yellow-headed Blackbird  332  5/4 
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 697,335. Total sightings are 340,003.

August 1, 2020, Tom Wetmore