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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 February 5, 2023

 Species n N  Jan  Feb  Mar  Apr  May  Jun  Jul  Aug  Sep  Oct  Nov  Dec
Herring Gull  1  6311 
Canada Goose  2  6258 
American Robin  3  6192 
American Black Duck  4  6062 
Mallard  5  6054 
Black-capped Chickadee  6  5904 
American Crow  7  5891 
Great Black-backed Gull  8  5853 
Song Sparrow  9  5811 
Northern Mockingbird  10  5665 
Northern Cardinal  11  5318 
European Starling  12  5254 
Blue Jay  13  5194 
Mourning Dove  14  5124 
Northern Harrier  15  5011 
Gadwall  16  4970 
American Goldfinch  17  4730 
Ring-billed Gull  18  4678 
Double-crested Cormorant  19  4436 
Green-winged Teal  20  4382 
 Jan  Feb  Mar  Apr  May  Jun  Jul  Aug  Sep  Oct  Nov  Dec
House Sparrow  21  4257 
Common Loon  22  4209 
Greater Yellowlegs  23  4145 
Great Egret  23  4145 
Rock Pigeon  25  3966 
Gray Catbird  26  3955 
Great Blue Heron  27  3910 
Downy Woodpecker  28  3815 
Common Eider  29  3781 
Mute Swan  30  3749 
White-winged Scoter  31  3727 
Red-winged Blackbird  32  3678 
Eastern Towhee  33  3559 
House Finch  34  3437 
Tree Swallow  35  3385 
Snowy Egret  36  3373 
Killdeer  37  3274 
Red-breasted Merganser  38  3261 
Black-bellied Plover  39  3232 
Common Grackle  40  3221 
 Jan  Feb  Mar  Apr  May  Jun  Jul  Aug  Sep  Oct  Nov  Dec
Cedar Waxwing  41  3199 
Osprey  42  3192 
White-throated Sparrow  43  2971 
Northern Pintail  44  2967 
Brown Thrasher  45  2889 
Savannah Sparrow  46  2864 
Long-tailed Duck  47  2861 
Sanderling  48  2798 
Black Scoter  49  2765 
Semipalmated Plover  50  2733 
Dunlin  51  2725 
Semipalmated Sandpiper  51  2725 
Bufflehead  53  2720 
Purple Finch  54  2687 
Marsh Wren  55  2657 
Common Yellowthroat  56  2605 
Peregrine Falcon  57  2566 
Red-tailed Hawk  58  2540 
Yellow-rumped Warbler  59  2520 
Lesser Yellowlegs  60  2495 
 Jan  Feb  Mar  Apr  May  Jun  Jul  Aug  Sep  Oct  Nov  Dec
American Tree Sparrow  61  2480 
Barn Swallow  62  2469 
Eastern Kingbird  63  2408 
Red-throated Loon  64  2371 
Yellow Warbler  65  2310 
Northern Gannet  66  2291 
Horned Grebe  67  2271 
Northern Flicker  68  2260 
Common Tern  69  2254 
Least Sandpiper  70  2185 
Wild Turkey  71  2176 
Red-breasted Nuthatch  72  2168 
Bobolink  73  2156 
Turkey Vulture  74  2155 
Willet  75  2123 
Common Goldeneye  76  2095 
Brown-headed Cowbird  77  2065 
Short-billed Dowitcher  78  2062 
Purple Martin  79  2055 
Merlin  80  2017 
 Jan  Feb  Mar  Apr  May  Jun  Jul  Aug  Sep  Oct  Nov  Dec
Least Tern  81  2010 
Field Sparrow  82  1990 
Dark-eyed Junco  83  1981 
Hooded Merganser  84  1978 
Piping Plover  85  1973 
Baltimore Oriole  86  1936 
Swamp Sparrow  87  1932 
Saltmarsh Sparrow  88  1912 
Eastern Phoebe  89  1899 
White-rumped Sandpiper  90  1893 
American Wigeon  91  1820 
Bald Eagle  92  1815 
American Redstart  93  1814 
Cooper's Hawk  94  1709 
Surf Scoter  95  1687 
Black-crowned Night-Heron  96  1629 
Bonaparte's Gull  97  1587 
Horned Lark  98  1538 
Hermit Thrush  99  1530 
Red-eyed Vireo  100  1529 
 Jan  Feb  Mar  Apr  May  Jun  Jul  Aug  Sep  Oct  Nov  Dec
Spotted Sandpiper  101  1484 
Snowy Owl  102  1475 
Willow Flycatcher  103  1468 
Red-necked Grebe  104  1425 
Rough-legged Hawk  105  1420 
Golden-crowned Kinglet  106  1384 
Northern Shoveler  107  1297 
Ruby-crowned Kinglet  108  1259 
Bank Swallow  109  1252 
Blue-winged Teal  110  1209 
Snow Bunting  111  1206 
Chipping Sparrow  112  1149 
Carolina Wren  113  1091 
Brant  114  1067 
Great Crested Flycatcher  115  1029 
Sharp-shinned Hawk  116  1001 
Glossy Ibis  117  988 
Black-and-white Warbler  118  973 
Greater Scaup  119  971 
American Kestrel  120  965 
 Jan  Feb  Mar  Apr  May  Jun  Jul  Aug  Sep  Oct  Nov  Dec
Razorbill  121  940 
Pectoral Sandpiper  122  902 
Stilt Sandpiper  123  897 
Belted Kingfisher  124  881 
Blackpoll Warbler  124  881 
Ruddy Turnstone  126  872 
Seaside Sparrow  127  871 
Northern Parula  128  832 
Black-throated Green Warbler  129  829 
Palm Warbler  130  818 
Long-billed Dowitcher  131  790 
Laughing Gull  132  789 
Great Cormorant  133  788 
American Woodcock  134  783 
Orchard Oriole  134  783 
Pied-billed Grebe  136  773 
Least Bittern  136  773 
Northern Shrike  138  763 
Red Knot  139  753 
Magnolia Warbler  140  748 
 Jan  Feb  Mar  Apr  May  Jun  Jul  Aug  Sep  Oct  Nov  Dec
Common Raven  141  738 
Blue-headed Vireo  142  736 
White-breasted Nuthatch  143  716 
American Bittern  144  712 
Pine Warbler  144  712 
Whimbrel  146  695 
Virginia Rail  147  689 
Black-throated Blue Warbler  148  688 
Ruby-throated Hummingbird  149  651 
Brown Creeper  150  647 
American Pipit  151  625 
White-crowned Sparrow  152  619 
Hairy Woodpecker  153  617 
Northern Waterthrush  154  611 
Eastern Meadowlark  155  605 
American Golden-Plover  156  601 
Lesser Scaup  157  586 
Short-eared Owl  158  577 
Chimney Swift  159  574 
House Wren  160  542 
 Jan  Feb  Mar  Apr  May  Jun  Jul  Aug  Sep  Oct  Nov  Dec
Tufted Titmouse  161  538 
Ruddy Duck  162  536 
Rose-breasted Grosbeak  163  534 
Wilson's Warbler  164  530 
Yellow-bellied Sapsucker  165  515 
Snow Goose  166  510 
Nashville Warbler  167  505 
Sora  168  501 
American Coot  169  490 
Ovenbird  170  488 
Roseate Tern  171  459 
Eastern Wood-Pewee  172  448 
Chestnut-sided Warbler  173  447 
Purple Sandpiper  174  433 
Wood Duck  175  426 
Swainson's Thrush  176  408 
Blackburnian Warbler  177  401 
Red-bellied Woodpecker  178  394 
Wilson's Snipe  179  392 
Common Merganser  180  391 
 Jan  Feb  Mar  Apr  May  Jun  Jul  Aug  Sep  Oct  Nov  Dec
Black-legged Kittiwake  181  389 
Alder Flycatcher  182  383 
Canada Warbler  183  369 
Hudsonian Godwit  184  367 
Great Horned Owl  184  367 
Green Heron  186  363 
Ring-necked Duck  187  360 
Lapland Longspur  187  360 
Baird's Sandpiper  189  354 
Scarlet Tanager  190  353 
Least Flycatcher  191  352 
Veery  191  352 
Common Redpoll  191  352 
Western Sandpiper  194  345 
Blue-gray Gnatcatcher  195  337 
Black-billed Cuckoo  196  334 
Pine Siskin  197  329 
Warbling Vireo  198  325 
Yellow-crowned Night-Heron  199  322 
Prairie Warbler  200  307 
 Jan  Feb  Mar  Apr  May  Jun  Jul  Aug  Sep  Oct  Nov  Dec
Eastern Whip-poor-will  201  305 
Forster's Tern  202  281 
Eurasian Wigeon  203  280 
Bay-breasted Warbler  204  279 
Yellow-billed Cuckoo  205  275 
Fox Sparrow  205  275 
Philadelphia Vireo  207  248 
Tricolored Heron  208  247 
Lincoln's Sparrow  209  238 
Solitary Sandpiper  210  234 
Wilson's Phalarope  211  233 
American Avocet  212  231 
Cape May Warbler  213  229 
Clay-colored Sparrow  214  218 
Winter Wren  215  216 
Northern Rough-winged Swallow  216  214 
Buff-breasted Sandpiper  217  208 
Lesser Black-backed Gull  218  206 
Little Blue Heron  218  206 
Barred Owl  220  201 
 Jan  Feb  Mar  Apr  May  Jun  Jul  Aug  Sep  Oct  Nov  Dec
Fish Crow  221  185 
Red Crossbill  222  178 
Yellow-bellied Flycatcher  223  175 
Wood Thrush  224  173 
Caspian Tern  225  170 
King Rail  226  160 
Redhead  227  153 
Tennessee Warbler  228  151 
Cliff Swallow  229  150 
Mourning Warbler  230  149 
Indigo Bunting  231  147 
Black Guillemot  232  145 
Iceland Gull  232  145 
Black Tern  232  145 
Wilson's Storm-Petrel  235  140 
White-winged Crossbill  235  140 
Dickcissel  237  135 
Nelson's Sparrow  238  126 
Little Gull  239  124 
Common Gallinule  240  118 
 Jan  Feb  Mar  Apr  May  Jun  Jul  Aug  Sep  Oct  Nov  Dec
King Eider  241  109 
Blue-winged Warbler  242  107 
Orange-crowned Warbler  243  104 
Yellow-throated Vireo  244  103 
Clapper Rail  245  101 
White-eyed Vireo  246  100 
Marbled Godwit  247  99/19 
Rusty Blackbird  248  96/19 
Common Nighthawk  249  87/20 
Yellow-breasted Chat  249  87/16 
Ring-necked Pheasant  251  84/12 
Olive-sided Flycatcher  252  82/20 
Black Skimmer  253  80/13 
Lark Sparrow  254  72/18 
Western Grebe  255  71/7 
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
Hooded Warbler  261  55/18 
Great Shearwater  262  54/14 
Vesper Sparrow  263  53/17 
Eastern Bluebird  264  52/18 
American Oystercatcher  265  51/18 
Dovekie  265  51/14 
Glaucous Gull  267  48/14 
Gray-cheeked Thrush  268  47/18 
Cory's Shearwater  269  45/12 
Gull-billed Tern  270  44/8 
Northern Goshawk  270  44/17 
Summer Tanager  270  44/13 
Northern Saw-whet Owl  273  43/14 
Thick-billed Murre  274  42/17 
Broad-winged Hawk  274  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 
Bohemian Waxwing  299  16/9 
 Jan  Feb  Mar  Apr  May  Jun  Jul  Aug  Sep  Oct  Nov  Dec
Evening Grosbeak  299  16/6 
Hoary Redpoll  299  16/7 
Pacific Loon  303  15/6 
Ross's Goose  304  14/4 
Acadian Flycatcher  304  14/11 
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 
Northern Lapwing  343  2/2 
Long-tailed Jaeger  343  2/2 
Sabine's Gull  343  2/2 
Little Egret  343  2/2 
Mississippi Kite  343  2/2 
Western Meadowlark  343  2/1 
Black-bellied Whistling-Duck  352 
Elegant Tern  352 
Neotropic Cormorant  352 
White Ibis  352 
Swainson's Hawk  352 
Pileated Woodpecker  352 
Prairie Falcon  352 
Monk Parakeet  352 
Fork-tailed Flycatcher  352 
 Jan  Feb  Mar  Apr  May  Jun  Jul  Aug  Sep  Oct  Nov  Dec
Yellow-green Vireo  352 
Sage Thrasher  352 
Townsend's Solitaire  352 
Bicknell's Thrush  352 
Chestnut-collared Longspur  352 
Black-throated Gray Warbler  352 

Total reports are 874,909. Total sightings are 400,331.

February 5, 2023, Tom Wetmore