Tom’s Birding Page

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 20, 2018

 Species n N  Jan  Feb  Mar  Apr  May  Jun  Jul  Aug  Sep  Oct  Nov  Dec
Herring Gull  1  4802 
Canada Goose  2  4776 
American Robin  3  4715 
American Crow  4  4649 
American Black Duck  5  4621 
Mallard  6  4578 
Great Black-backed Gull  7  4439 
Black-capped Chickadee  8  4427 
Song Sparrow  9  4387 
Northern Mockingbird  10  4301 
European Starling  11  4045 
Northern Cardinal  12  3940 
Northern Harrier  13  3884 
Mourning Dove  14  3881 
Blue Jay  15  3871 
Gadwall  16  3830 
Ring-billed Gull  17  3600 
American Goldfinch  18  3533 
Double-crested Cormorant  19  3425 
Green-winged Teal  20  3348 
 Jan  Feb  Mar  Apr  May  Jun  Jul  Aug  Sep  Oct  Nov  Dec
Greater Yellowlegs  21  3233 
Common Loon  22  3186 
Great Egret  23  3185 
House Sparrow  24  3110 
Great Blue Heron  25  3015 
Gray Catbird  26  2926 
Rock Pigeon  27  2852 
Red-winged Blackbird  28  2752 
Common Eider  29  2749 
Downy Woodpecker  30  2746 
Mute Swan  31  2745 
Eastern Towhee  32  2742 
White-winged Scoter  33  2694 
Snowy Egret  34  2685 
Tree Swallow  35  2662 
Black-bellied Plover  36  2518 
Common Grackle  37  2493 
Osprey  38  2467 
Killdeer  39  2465 
Red-breasted Merganser  40  2463 
 Jan  Feb  Mar  Apr  May  Jun  Jul  Aug  Sep  Oct  Nov  Dec
Cedar Waxwing  41  2435 
House Finch  42  2310 
Brown Thrasher  43  2297 
Savannah Sparrow  44  2266 
Northern Pintail  45  2250 
White-throated Sparrow  46  2159 
Semipalmated Sandpiper  47  2092 
Semipalmated Plover  48  2087 
Long-tailed Duck  49  2085 
Purple Finch  50  2069 
Sanderling  51  2034 
Marsh Wren  52  2005 
Common Yellowthroat  53  2001 
Bufflehead  54  1999 
Dunlin  55  1993 
Lesser Yellowlegs  56  1967 
Black Scoter  57  1918 
Barn Swallow  58  1915 
Red-tailed Hawk  59  1910 
Peregrine Falcon  60  1899 
 Jan  Feb  Mar  Apr  May  Jun  Jul  Aug  Sep  Oct  Nov  Dec
Eastern Kingbird  61  1896 
American Tree Sparrow  61  1896 
Red-throated Loon  63  1828 
Yellow Warbler  64  1826 
Common Tern  65  1793 
Yellow-rumped Warbler  66  1786 
Northern Gannet  67  1776 
Least Sandpiper  68  1706 
Horned Grebe  69  1702 
Bobolink  70  1698 
Willet  71  1660 
Northern Flicker  72  1628 
Brown-headed Cowbird  73  1610 
Turkey Vulture  73  1610 
Short-billed Dowitcher  75  1600 
Purple Martin  76  1597 
Merlin  77  1588 
Least Tern  78  1567 
Wild Turkey  79  1540 
Red-breasted Nuthatch  80  1507 
 Jan  Feb  Mar  Apr  May  Jun  Jul  Aug  Sep  Oct  Nov  Dec
Field Sparrow  81  1504 
Baltimore Oriole  82  1503 
Hooded Merganser  83  1491 
Common Goldeneye  84  1484 
Piping Plover  84  1484 
Dark-eyed Junco  86  1471 
White-rumped Sandpiper  87  1458 
American Wigeon  88  1446 
Eastern Phoebe  89  1441 
Saltmarsh Sparrow  90  1434 
Bonaparte's Gull  91  1412 
American Redstart  92  1386 
Swamp Sparrow  93  1284 
Black-crowned Night-Heron  94  1275 
Horned Lark  95  1202 
Bald Eagle  96  1197 
Red-necked Grebe  97  1171 
Cooper's Hawk  98  1154 
Surf Scoter  99  1150 
Snowy Owl  100  1146 
 Jan  Feb  Mar  Apr  May  Jun  Jul  Aug  Sep  Oct  Nov  Dec
Rough-legged Hawk  101  1145 
Willow Flycatcher  102  1133 
Spotted Sandpiper  103  1125 
Red-eyed Vireo  104  1060 
Golden-crowned Kinglet  105  1058 
Northern Shoveler  106  1046 
Blue-winged Teal  107  1038 
Hermit Thrush  108  1017 
Bank Swallow  109  999 
Ruby-crowned Kinglet  110  957 
Snow Bunting  111  939 
Glossy Ibis  112  868 
Sharp-shinned Hawk  113  847 
Brant  114  842 
Chipping Sparrow  114  842 
American Kestrel  116  804 
Black-and-white Warbler  117  793 
Greater Scaup  118  754 
Stilt Sandpiper  119  706 
Blackpoll Warbler  120  690 
 Jan  Feb  Mar  Apr  May  Jun  Jul  Aug  Sep  Oct  Nov  Dec
Great Crested Flycatcher  121  686 
Pectoral Sandpiper  122  683 
Seaside Sparrow  123  679 
Ruddy Turnstone  123  679 
Belted Kingfisher  125  667 
Great Cormorant  126  666 
Black-throated Green Warbler  127  664 
American Woodcock  128  653 
Razorbill  129  646 
Northern Shrike  130  645 
Northern Parula  131  640 
Laughing Gull  132  622 
Palm Warbler  133  620 
Red Knot  134  619 
Magnolia Warbler  135  617 
Pied-billed Grebe  136  613 
American Bittern  137  609 
Whimbrel  138  582 
Eastern Meadowlark  139  578 
Blue-headed Vireo  140  574 
 Jan  Feb  Mar  Apr  May  Jun  Jul  Aug  Sep  Oct  Nov  Dec
Black-throated Blue Warbler  141  563 
Carolina Wren  142  557 
Virginia Rail  143  556 
Ruby-throated Hummingbird  144  513 
Lesser Scaup  145  511 
Least Bittern  146  506 
American Pipit  147  504 
Long-billed Dowitcher  148  499 
Orchard Oriole  149  498 
White-breasted Nuthatch  150  496 
Snow Goose  151  493 
Northern Waterthrush  151  493 
Brown Creeper  153  481 
Ruddy Duck  154  478 
American Golden-Plover  155  475 
Short-eared Owl  156  470 
Pine Warbler  157  466 
Chimney Swift  158  460 
White-crowned Sparrow  159  459 
Sora  160  456 
 Jan  Feb  Mar  Apr  May  Jun  Jul  Aug  Sep  Oct  Nov  Dec
Wilson's Warbler  161  444 
Nashville Warbler  162  417 
Rose-breasted Grosbeak  163  411 
Ovenbird  164  390 
House Wren  165  385 
Tufted Titmouse  166  380 
Purple Sandpiper  167  366 
Roseate Tern  167  366 
Chestnut-sided Warbler  169  364 
Black-legged Kittiwake  170  360 
Wilson's Snipe  171  356 
Hairy Woodpecker  172  343 
Lapland Longspur  173  326 
Blackburnian Warbler  174  322 
Common Merganser  175  321 
Wood Duck  176  315 
Eastern Wood-Pewee  176  315 
Canada Warbler  178  307 
Black-billed Cuckoo  179  304 
American Coot  179  304 
 Jan  Feb  Mar  Apr  May  Jun  Jul  Aug  Sep  Oct  Nov  Dec
Green Heron  181  303 
Baird's Sandpiper  182  299 
Common Raven  183  298 
Great Horned Owl  184  289 
Scarlet Tanager  185  287 
Swainson's Thrush  186  283 
Hudsonian Godwit  187  279 
Yellow-bellied Sapsucker  188  273 
Least Flycatcher  189  268 
Ring-necked Duck  190  266 
Western Sandpiper  191  263 
Veery  191  263 
Eurasian Wigeon  193  259 
Blue-gray Gnatcatcher  193  259 
Forster's Tern  195  255 
Warbling Vireo  196  253 
Common Redpoll  196  253 
Alder Flycatcher  198  251 
Prairie Warbler  199  240 
Eastern Whip-poor-will  200  238 
 Jan  Feb  Mar  Apr  May  Jun  Jul  Aug  Sep  Oct  Nov  Dec
Red-bellied Woodpecker  201  232 
Yellow-billed Cuckoo  202  231 
Pine Siskin  203  225 
Wilson's Phalarope  204  210 
Bay-breasted Warbler  205  199 
Tricolored Heron  206  197 
Fox Sparrow  207  193 
Philadelphia Vireo  208  182 
Buff-breasted Sandpiper  209  180 
Solitary Sandpiper  210  179 
Lincoln's Sparrow  211  178 
Northern Rough-winged Swallow  212  176 
Winter Wren  212  176 
Yellow-crowned Night-Heron  214  173 
Little Blue Heron  215  166 
Clay-colored Sparrow  216  160 
Redhead  217  151 
Wood Thrush  218  147 
Yellow-bellied Flycatcher  219  143 
Cape May Warbler  219  143 
 Jan  Feb  Mar  Apr  May  Jun  Jul  Aug  Sep  Oct  Nov  Dec
Cliff Swallow  221  134 
Barred Owl  222  133 
Lesser Black-backed Gull  222  133 
White-winged Crossbill  224  131 
Little Gull  225  123 
Mourning Warbler  225  123 
Caspian Tern  227  120 
American Avocet  228  119 
Iceland Gull  229  118 
King Rail  230  116 
Indigo Bunting  230  116 
Black Tern  232  111 
Common Gallinule  233  110 
Wilson's Storm-Petrel  234  98/16 
Fish Crow  235  97/15 
Tennessee Warbler  235  97/16 
Blue-winged Warbler  237  90/16 
Clapper Rail  238  88/9 
Marbled Godwit  238  88/16 
Black Guillemot  240  87/15 
 Jan  Feb  Mar  Apr  May  Jun  Jul  Aug  Sep  Oct  Nov  Dec
Dickcissel  241  86/15 
Red Crossbill  242  83/8 
Orange-crowned Warbler  243  82/15 
White-eyed Vireo  244  79/15 
Common Nighthawk  245  73/16 
Rusty Blackbird  246  72/16 
Western Grebe  247  70/6 
Nelson's Sparrow  247  70/16 
Yellow-breasted Chat  249  68/13 
Ring-necked Pheasant  250  60/10 
Manx Shearwater  250  60/16 
Olive-sided Flycatcher  250  60/16 
Black Skimmer  253  57/9 
Connecticut Warbler  254  56/18 
Red-shouldered Hawk  255  55/12 
Lark Sparrow  256  51/14 
Hooded Warbler  256  51/16 
Great Shearwater  258  48/12 
Yellow-throated Vireo  258  48/14 
Parasitic Jaeger  260  46/14 
 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 
Cory's Shearwater  266  36/10 
Eastern Bluebird  266  36/14 
Broad-winged Hawk  268  35/13 
Gull-billed Tern  269  34/7 
Barrow's Goldeneye  270  33/6 
Dovekie  270  33/13 
Gray-cheeked Thrush  270  33/14 
American Oystercatcher  273  32/14 
Northern Saw-whet Owl  274  31/12 
King Eider  275  30/8 
Thick-billed Murre  276  29/14 
Arctic Tern  277  28/10 
Long-eared Owl  277  28/12 
Royal Tern  279  27/9 
Worm-eating Warbler  279  27/11 
 Jan  Feb  Mar  Apr  May  Jun  Jul  Aug  Sep  Oct  Nov  Dec
Red-necked Phalarope  281  25/9 
Scissor-tailed Flycatcher  281  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 
Grasshopper Sparrow  288  19/7 
Kentucky Warbler  288  19/8 
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 
Prothonotary Warbler  297  15/9 
Common Murre  298  14/8 
Pacific Loon  298  14/5 
Ross's Goose  300  13/3 
 Jan  Feb  Mar  Apr  May  Jun  Jul  Aug  Sep  Oct  Nov  Dec
Hoary Redpoll  301  12/6 
Green-tailed Towhee  301  12/1 
Blue Grosbeak  301  12/4 
Black-tailed Godwit  304  11/1 
Pomarine Jaeger  304  11/7 
Leach's Storm-Petrel  304  11/7 
Eastern Screech-Owl  304  11/7 
Acadian Flycatcher  304  11/9 
Ash-throated Flycatcher  304  11/2 
Bohemian Waxwing  304  11/6 
Black-necked Stilt  311  10/2 
Cave Swallow  311  10/6 
Cackling Goose  313  8/3 
Black Vulture  313  8/6 
Louisiana Waterthrush  313  8/8 
Golden-winged Warbler  313  8/5 
Yellow-throated Warbler  313  8/4 
Red-headed Woodpecker  318  7/4 
Gyrfalcon  318  7/5 
Swainson's Warbler  318  7/1 
 Jan  Feb  Mar  Apr  May  Jun  Jul  Aug  Sep  Oct  Nov  Dec
Cerulean Warbler  318  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 
Yellow-headed Blackbird  337  2/2 
Western Meadowlark  337  2/1 
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 626,176. Total sightings are 303,664.

September 20, 2018, Tom Wetmore