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 October 20, 2021

 Species n N  Jan  Feb  Mar  Apr  May  Jun  Jul  Aug  Sep  Oct  Nov  Dec
Herring Gull  1  5848 
Canada Goose  2  5802 
American Robin  3  5739 
American Black Duck  4  5608 
Mallard  5  5599 
American Crow  6  5463 
Black-capped Chickadee  7  5444 
Great Black-backed Gull  8  5409 
Song Sparrow  9  5361 
Northern Mockingbird  10  5238 
European Starling  11  4886 
Northern Cardinal  12  4877 
Blue Jay  13  4767 
Mourning Dove  14  4732 
Northern Harrier  15  4627 
Gadwall  16  4597 
American Goldfinch  17  4377 
Ring-billed Gull  18  4333 
Double-crested Cormorant  19  4142 
Green-winged Teal  20  4040 
 Jan  Feb  Mar  Apr  May  Jun  Jul  Aug  Sep  Oct  Nov  Dec
Great Egret  21  3891 
Greater Yellowlegs  22  3878 
House Sparrow  23  3877 
Common Loon  24  3848 
Gray Catbird  25  3651 
Great Blue Heron  26  3628 
Rock Pigeon  27  3556 
Common Eider  28  3485 
Downy Woodpecker  29  3448 
Red-winged Blackbird  30  3397 
Mute Swan  31  3373 
White-winged Scoter  32  3362 
Eastern Towhee  33  3322 
Tree Swallow  34  3203 
Snowy Egret  35  3197 
Killdeer  36  3059 
Black-bellied Plover  37  3040 
House Finch  38  3034 
Common Grackle  39  3019 
Osprey  40  3006 
 Jan  Feb  Mar  Apr  May  Jun  Jul  Aug  Sep  Oct  Nov  Dec
Red-breasted Merganser  41  2991 
Cedar Waxwing  42  2975 
Northern Pintail  43  2722 
Brown Thrasher  44  2716 
Savannah Sparrow  45  2689 
White-throated Sparrow  46  2681 
Long-tailed Duck  47  2577 
Sanderling  48  2567 
Semipalmated Plover  49  2559 
Semipalmated Sandpiper  50  2553 
Purple Finch  51  2501 
Dunlin  52  2489 
Black Scoter  53  2476 
Bufflehead  54  2464 
Marsh Wren  55  2463 
Common Yellowthroat  56  2453 
Lesser Yellowlegs  57  2366 
Peregrine Falcon  57  2366 
Red-tailed Hawk  59  2336 
Barn Swallow  60  2320 
 Jan  Feb  Mar  Apr  May  Jun  Jul  Aug  Sep  Oct  Nov  Dec
Eastern Kingbird  61  2280 
American Tree Sparrow  62  2253 
Yellow-rumped Warbler  63  2237 
Yellow Warbler  64  2184 
Red-throated Loon  65  2146 
Common Tern  66  2125 
Northern Gannet  67  2104 
Least Sandpiper  68  2063 
Bobolink  69  2045 
Northern Flicker  70  2042 
Horned Grebe  71  2039 
Wild Turkey  72  2035 
Turkey Vulture  73  2011 
Willet  74  1996 
Short-billed Dowitcher  75  1955 
Purple Martin  76  1941 
Brown-headed Cowbird  77  1932 
Red-breasted Nuthatch  78  1925 
Least Tern  79  1897 
Common Goldeneye  80  1881 
 Jan  Feb  Mar  Apr  May  Jun  Jul  Aug  Sep  Oct  Nov  Dec
Field Sparrow  81  1863 
Merlin  82  1854 
Piping Plover  83  1835 
Baltimore Oriole  84  1814 
Dark-eyed Junco  85  1790 
Saltmarsh Sparrow  86  1787 
Eastern Phoebe  87  1771 
Hooded Merganser  88  1763 
White-rumped Sandpiper  89  1755 
Swamp Sparrow  90  1719 
American Wigeon  91  1711 
American Redstart  92  1690 
Bald Eagle  93  1590 
Bonaparte's Gull  94  1530 
Black-crowned Night-Heron  95  1518 
Cooper's Hawk  96  1505 
Surf Scoter  97  1477 
Spotted Sandpiper  98  1405 
Red-eyed Vireo  99  1391 
Horned Lark  100  1387 
 Jan  Feb  Mar  Apr  May  Jun  Jul  Aug  Sep  Oct  Nov  Dec
Willow Flycatcher  101  1374 
Snowy Owl  102  1369 
Rough-legged Hawk  103  1362 
Hermit Thrush  104  1354 
Red-necked Grebe  105  1322 
Golden-crowned Kinglet  106  1284 
Northern Shoveler  107  1204 
Bank Swallow  108  1184 
Blue-winged Teal  109  1178 
Ruby-crowned Kinglet  110  1160 
Snow Bunting  111  1096 
Chipping Sparrow  112  1069 
Brant  113  1009 
Carolina Wren  114  988 
Sharp-shinned Hawk  115  950 
Glossy Ibis  116  948 
Great Crested Flycatcher  117  941 
Black-and-white Warbler  118  920 
American Kestrel  119  912 
Greater Scaup  120  895 
 Jan  Feb  Mar  Apr  May  Jun  Jul  Aug  Sep  Oct  Nov  Dec
Pectoral Sandpiper  121  843 
Stilt Sandpiper  122  842 
Blackpoll Warbler  123  832 
Belted Kingfisher  124  828 
Ruddy Turnstone  125  826 
Seaside Sparrow  126  819 
Razorbill  127  798 
Black-throated Green Warbler  128  791 
Northern Parula  129  770 
Palm Warbler  130  758 
American Woodcock  131  752 
Great Cormorant  132  751 
Laughing Gull  133  750 
Red Knot  134  741 
Northern Shrike  135  733 
Magnolia Warbler  136  718 
Pied-billed Grebe  137  716 
Long-billed Dowitcher  138  715 
Least Bittern  139  709 
Orchard Oriole  140  701 
 Jan  Feb  Mar  Apr  May  Jun  Jul  Aug  Sep  Oct  Nov  Dec
Blue-headed Vireo  141  694 
Whimbrel  142  667 
American Bittern  143  664 
Black-throated Blue Warbler  144  652 
Pine Warbler  145  644 
Ruby-throated Hummingbird  146  615 
White-breasted Nuthatch  147  613 
Virginia Rail  148  611 
Eastern Meadowlark  149  596 
American Pipit  150  595 
American Golden-Plover  151  582 
Northern Waterthrush  151  582 
Common Raven  153  579 
White-crowned Sparrow  154  575 
Hairy Woodpecker  155  570 
Brown Creeper  155  570 
Short-eared Owl  157  559 
Lesser Scaup  158  557 
Chimney Swift  159  550 
Ruddy Duck  160  516 
 Jan  Feb  Mar  Apr  May  Jun  Jul  Aug  Sep  Oct  Nov  Dec
Wilson's Warbler  161  508 
Rose-breasted Grosbeak  162  496 
Snow Goose  163  488 
Sora  163  488 
Nashville Warbler  165  479 
House Wren  166  476 
Ovenbird  167  463 
Tufted Titmouse  168  445 
Roseate Tern  169  434 
Chestnut-sided Warbler  170  428 
Purple Sandpiper  171  406 
Eastern Wood-Pewee  171  406 
Wood Duck  173  398 
Yellow-bellied Sapsucker  174  391 
Wilson's Snipe  175  385 
American Coot  176  383 
Blackburnian Warbler  176  383 
Swainson's Thrush  178  375 
Black-legged Kittiwake  179  370 
Common Merganser  180  361 
 Jan  Feb  Mar  Apr  May  Jun  Jul  Aug  Sep  Oct  Nov  Dec
Hudsonian Godwit  181  360 
Great Horned Owl  182  358 
Alder Flycatcher  183  356 
Green Heron  184  355 
Lapland Longspur  185  351 
Common Redpoll  186  347 
Baird's Sandpiper  187  346 
Canada Warbler  187  346 
Western Sandpiper  189  339 
Scarlet Tanager  189  339 
Least Flycatcher  191  336 
Veery  192  330 
Black-billed Cuckoo  193  326 
Blue-gray Gnatcatcher  194  320 
Ring-necked Duck  195  315 
Warbling Vireo  196  307 
Red-bellied Woodpecker  197  306 
Pine Siskin  198  303 
Eastern Whip-poor-will  199  297 
Prairie Warbler  200  290 
 Jan  Feb  Mar  Apr  May  Jun  Jul  Aug  Sep  Oct  Nov  Dec
Eurasian Wigeon  201  277 
Forster's Tern  202  276 
Yellow-billed Cuckoo  203  270 
Yellow-crowned Night-Heron  203  270 
Bay-breasted Warbler  205  266 
Philadelphia Vireo  206  234 
Wilson's Phalarope  207  230 
Solitary Sandpiper  208  221 
Lincoln's Sparrow  209  220 
Fox Sparrow  210  216 
Tricolored Heron  211  214 
Northern Rough-winged Swallow  212  208 
Cape May Warbler  213  204 
Winter Wren  214  200 
Buff-breasted Sandpiper  215  199 
Clay-colored Sparrow  216  197 
Lesser Black-backed Gull  217  194 
Little Blue Heron  218  193 
Yellow-bellied Flycatcher  219  168 
Wood Thrush  220  166 
 Jan  Feb  Mar  Apr  May  Jun  Jul  Aug  Sep  Oct  Nov  Dec
Barred Owl  221  162 
Caspian Tern  222  158 
American Avocet  223  157 
Redhead  224  152 
Fish Crow  224  152 
Red Crossbill  226  151 
Cliff Swallow  227  147 
Mourning Warbler  228  144 
Wilson's Storm-Petrel  229  139 
White-winged Crossbill  229  139 
Tennessee Warbler  231  137 
Indigo Bunting  231  137 
King Rail  233  134 
Black Tern  234  129 
Iceland Gull  235  127 
Black Guillemot  236  125 
Little Gull  237  124 
Dickcissel  238  122 
Common Gallinule  239  118 
Nelson's Sparrow  240  111 
 Jan  Feb  Mar  Apr  May  Jun  Jul  Aug  Sep  Oct  Nov  Dec
Blue-winged Warbler  241  103 
King Eider  242  98/11 
Yellow-throated Vireo  243  97/17 
Clapper Rail  244  96/12 
Marbled Godwit  244  96/18 
White-eyed Vireo  244  96/18 
Orange-crowned Warbler  244  96/19 
Rusty Blackbird  248  86/18 
Common Nighthawk  249  84/19 
Yellow-breasted Chat  249  84/15 
Olive-sided Flycatcher  251  77/19 
Black Skimmer  252  76/12 
Western Grebe  253  70/6 
Manx Shearwater  254  65/18 
Lark Sparrow  254  65/17 
Red-shouldered Hawk  256  63/15 
Connecticut Warbler  256  63/21 
Ring-necked Pheasant  258  60/10 
Parasitic Jaeger  259  54/17 
Great Shearwater  260  53/13 
 Jan  Feb  Mar  Apr  May  Jun  Jul  Aug  Sep  Oct  Nov  Dec
Hooded Warbler  260  53/17 
Harlequin Duck  262  51/10 
Vesper Sparrow  263  49/16 
American Oystercatcher  264  48/17 
Glaucous Gull  264  48/14 
Eastern Bluebird  266  45/17 
Gull-billed Tern  267  44/8 
Northern Goshawk  267  44/17 
Summer Tanager  267  44/13 
Northern Saw-whet Owl  270  43/14 
Cory's Shearwater  271  42/11 
Gray-cheeked Thrush  271  42/17 
Dovekie  273  41/13 
Broad-winged Hawk  273  41/16 
Black-headed Gull  275  38/11 
Thick-billed Murre  276  37/16 
Royal Tern  276  37/12 
Barrow's Goldeneye  278  35/7 
Arctic Tern  279  31/12 
Long-eared Owl  279  31/13 
 Jan  Feb  Mar  Apr  May  Jun  Jul  Aug  Sep  Oct  Nov  Dec
Worm-eating Warbler  281  29/12 
Red-necked Phalarope  282  28/11 
Red Phalarope  283  27/8 
Western Kingbird  283  27/9 
Greater White-fronted Goose  285  26/2 
Cattle Egret  285  26/9 
Scissor-tailed Flycatcher  287  25/2 
Curlew Sandpiper  288  24/5 
Grasshopper Sparrow  288  24/8 
White-faced Ibis  290  22/7 
Canvasback  291  21/8 
Kentucky Warbler  291  21/10 
Sooty Shearwater  293  20/12 
Black Rail  294  18/1 
Upland Sandpiper  295  17/8 
Ruff  295  17/9 
Pine Grosbeak  295  17/5 
Prothonotary Warbler  295  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 
Bohemian Waxwing  302  14/8 
Evening Grosbeak  302  14/5 
Ash-throated Flycatcher  305  13/3 
Blue Grosbeak  305  13/5 
Eastern Screech-Owl  307  12/8 
Acadian Flycatcher  307  12/10 
Green-tailed Towhee  307  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 
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 
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 
Townsend's Solitaire  350 
Bicknell's Thrush  350 
Sage Thrasher  350 
Chestnut-collared Longspur  350 
Black-throated Gray Warbler  350 

Total reports are 782,261. Total sightings are 370,191.

October 20, 2021, Tom Wetmore