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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 November 19, 2017

 Species n N  Jan  Feb  Mar  Apr  May  Jun  Jul  Aug  Sep  Oct  Nov  Dec
Herring Gull  1  4521 
Canada Goose  2  4507 
American Robin  3  4446 
American Crow  4  4380 
American Black Duck  5  4358 
Mallard  6  4318 
Great Black-backed Gull  7  4180 
Black-capped Chickadee  8  4155 
Song Sparrow  9  4140 
Northern Mockingbird  10  4047 
European Starling  11  3809 
Northern Harrier  12  3708 
Northern Cardinal  13  3685 
Gadwall  14  3649 
Mourning Dove  15  3643 
Blue Jay  16  3633 
Ring-billed Gull  17  3391 
American Goldfinch  18  3308 
Double-crested Cormorant  19  3245 
Green-winged Teal  20  3174 
 Jan  Feb  Mar  Apr  May  Jun  Jul  Aug  Sep  Oct  Nov  Dec
Greater Yellowlegs  21  3069 
Great Egret  22  3014 
Common Loon  22  3014 
House Sparrow  24  2899 
Great Blue Heron  25  2880 
Gray Catbird  26  2751 
Rock Pigeon  27  2658 
Mute Swan  28  2619 
Eastern Towhee  29  2589 
Common Eider  30  2582 
Downy Woodpecker  31  2556 
Red-winged Blackbird  32  2554 
White-winged Scoter  33  2549 
Snowy Egret  34  2533 
Tree Swallow  35  2496 
Black-bellied Plover  36  2377 
Red-breasted Merganser  37  2317 
Common Grackle  38  2315 
Killdeer  39  2303 
Osprey  40  2297 
 Jan  Feb  Mar  Apr  May  Jun  Jul  Aug  Sep  Oct  Nov  Dec
Cedar Waxwing  41  2292 
Northern Pintail  42  2187 
Savannah Sparrow  43  2177 
Brown Thrasher  44  2174 
House Finch  45  2133 
White-throated Sparrow  46  2075 
Semipalmated Plover  47  1969 
Semipalmated Sandpiper  48  1965 
Long-tailed Duck  49  1942 
Purple Finch  50  1932 
Sanderling  51  1922 
Dunlin  52  1913 
Bufflehead  53  1891 
Marsh Wren  54  1877 
Common Yellowthroat  55  1869 
Lesser Yellowlegs  56  1858 
Peregrine Falcon  57  1796 
Red-tailed Hawk  58  1782 
Barn Swallow  59  1781 
Black Scoter  60  1777 
 Jan  Feb  Mar  Apr  May  Jun  Jul  Aug  Sep  Oct  Nov  Dec
American Tree Sparrow  61  1776 
Eastern Kingbird  62  1768 
Red-throated Loon  63  1743 
Northern Gannet  64  1711 
Yellow Warbler  65  1707 
Common Tern  66  1684 
Yellow-rumped Warbler  67  1651 
Horned Grebe  68  1606 
Least Sandpiper  69  1605 
Bobolink  70  1580 
Willet  71  1547 
Northern Flicker  72  1544 
Turkey Vulture  73  1517 
Merlin  74  1513 
Short-billed Dowitcher  75  1501 
Brown-headed Cowbird  76  1492 
Purple Martin  77  1478 
Least Tern  78  1456 
Hooded Merganser  79  1428 
American Wigeon  80  1416 
 Jan  Feb  Mar  Apr  May  Jun  Jul  Aug  Sep  Oct  Nov  Dec
Field Sparrow  81  1406 
Wild Turkey  82  1396 
Baltimore Oriole  83  1391 
Dark-eyed Junco  83  1391 
White-rumped Sandpiper  85  1377 
Common Goldeneye  86  1375 
Eastern Phoebe  87  1364 
Bonaparte's Gull  88  1361 
Piping Plover  89  1353 
Saltmarsh Sparrow  90  1338 
Red-breasted Nuthatch  91  1337 
American Redstart  92  1275 
Black-crowned Night-Heron  93  1187 
Swamp Sparrow  94  1171 
Horned Lark  95  1162 
Red-necked Grebe  96  1114 
Bald Eagle  97  1103 
Surf Scoter  98  1088 
Rough-legged Hawk  99  1083 
Cooper's Hawk  100  1079 
 Jan  Feb  Mar  Apr  May  Jun  Jul  Aug  Sep  Oct  Nov  Dec
Willow Flycatcher  101  1046 
Spotted Sandpiper  102  1029 
Blue-winged Teal  103  1026 
Golden-crowned Kinglet  104  1013 
Snowy Owl  105  1011 
Northern Shoveler  106  1000 
Red-eyed Vireo  107  966 
Hermit Thrush  108  940 
Bank Swallow  109  930 
Ruby-crowned Kinglet  110  920 
Snow Bunting  111  893 
Sharp-shinned Hawk  112  824 
Glossy Ibis  113  810 
Chipping Sparrow  114  800 
Brant  115  783 
American Kestrel  116  770 
Black-and-white Warbler  117  749 
Greater Scaup  118  738 
Blackpoll Warbler  119  665 
Stilt Sandpiper  120  663 
 Jan  Feb  Mar  Apr  May  Jun  Jul  Aug  Sep  Oct  Nov  Dec
Pectoral Sandpiper  121  662 
Northern Shrike  122  644 
Great Cormorant  123  637 
Belted Kingfisher  123  637 
Black-throated Green Warbler  125  636 
American Woodcock  126  630 
Seaside Sparrow  126  630 
Ruddy Turnstone  128  622 
Northern Parula  129  610 
American Bittern  130  606 
Pied-billed Grebe  131  602 
Palm Warbler  131  602 
Razorbill  133  601 
Great Crested Flycatcher  134  599 
Laughing Gull  135  597 
Red Knot  136  595 
Magnolia Warbler  137  588 
Eastern Meadowlark  138  577 
Whimbrel  139  554 
Blue-headed Vireo  139  554 
 Jan  Feb  Mar  Apr  May  Jun  Jul  Aug  Sep  Oct  Nov  Dec
Virginia Rail  141  546 
Black-throated Blue Warbler  142  538 
Carolina Wren  143  530 
Lesser Scaup  144  502 
American Pipit  145  500 
Snow Goose  146  490 
White-breasted Nuthatch  147  489 
Ruby-throated Hummingbird  148  484 
Long-billed Dowitcher  149  477 
Brown Creeper  150  475 
Ruddy Duck  151  473 
Least Bittern  151  473 
American Golden-Plover  153  469 
Northern Waterthrush  154  459 
Short-eared Owl  155  452 
Sora  156  449 
White-crowned Sparrow  157  447 
Chimney Swift  158  438 
Orchard Oriole  159  425 
Wilson's Warbler  160  424 
 Jan  Feb  Mar  Apr  May  Jun  Jul  Aug  Sep  Oct  Nov  Dec
Pine Warbler  161  398 
Nashville Warbler  162  397 
Rose-breasted Grosbeak  163  383 
House Wren  164  379 
Ovenbird  165  360 
Black-legged Kittiwake  166  357 
Wilson's Snipe  167  353 
Tufted Titmouse  168  346 
Hairy Woodpecker  169  342 
Chestnut-sided Warbler  170  340 
Roseate Tern  171  331 
Lapland Longspur  172  320 
Common Merganser  173  315 
Purple Sandpiper  173  315 
Wood Duck  175  308 
Blackburnian Warbler  176  301 
American Coot  177  296 
Eastern Wood-Pewee  178  295 
Green Heron  179  291 
Canada Warbler  180  289 
 Jan  Feb  Mar  Apr  May  Jun  Jul  Aug  Sep  Oct  Nov  Dec
Great Horned Owl  181  282 
Baird's Sandpiper  182  281 
Black-billed Cuckoo  183  278 
Scarlet Tanager  184  276 
Hudsonian Godwit  185  274 
Swainson's Thrush  186  272 
Ring-necked Duck  187  259 
Eurasian Wigeon  188  257 
Western Sandpiper  189  256 
Least Flycatcher  189  256 
Common Raven  189  256 
Yellow-bellied Sapsucker  189  256 
Forster's Tern  193  254 
Common Redpoll  194  253 
Veery  195  248 
Blue-gray Gnatcatcher  196  246 
Warbling Vireo  197  243 
Alder Flycatcher  198  238 
Eastern Whip-poor-will  199  232 
Prairie Warbler  200  227 
 Jan  Feb  Mar  Apr  May  Jun  Jul  Aug  Sep  Oct  Nov  Dec
Pine Siskin  201  225 
Yellow-billed Cuckoo  202  213 
Red-bellied Woodpecker  202  213 
Wilson's Phalarope  204  202 
Tricolored Heron  205  179 
Bay-breasted Warbler  205  179 
Fox Sparrow  207  176 
Philadelphia Vireo  208  175 
Solitary Sandpiper  209  172 
Winter Wren  210  170 
Buff-breasted Sandpiper  211  169 
Lincoln's Sparrow  211  169 
Northern Rough-winged Swallow  213  163 
Clay-colored Sparrow  214  160 
Little Blue Heron  215  156 
Yellow-crowned Night-Heron  216  154 
Redhead  217  151 
Wood Thrush  218  146 
Yellow-bellied Flycatcher  219  138 
White-winged Crossbill  220  131 
 Jan  Feb  Mar  Apr  May  Jun  Jul  Aug  Sep  Oct  Nov  Dec
Barred Owl  220  131 
Cliff Swallow  222  128 
Cape May Warbler  223  127 
Lesser Black-backed Gull  224  123 
Little Gull  225  120 
American Avocet  226  117 
King Rail  227  116 
Caspian Tern  228  115 
Mourning Warbler  229  114 
Indigo Bunting  229  114 
Iceland Gull  231  111 
Common Gallinule  232  109 
Black Tern  233  104 
Wilson's Storm-Petrel  234  91/15 
Tennessee Warbler  235  90/15 
Clapper Rail  236  88/9 
Black Guillemot  237  85/14 
Blue-winged Warbler  237  85/15 
Fish Crow  239  84/14 
Red Crossbill  240  83/8 
 Jan  Feb  Mar  Apr  May  Jun  Jul  Aug  Sep  Oct  Nov  Dec
Dickcissel  241  81/14 
Marbled Godwit  242  80/15 
Orange-crowned Warbler  243  79/15 
Western Grebe  244  70/6 
Common Nighthawk  245  69/15 
Nelson's Sparrow  245  69/15 
Yellow-breasted Chat  247  67/12 
Rusty Blackbird  247  67/15 
White-eyed Vireo  249  66/14 
Ring-necked Pheasant  250  60/10 
Olive-sided Flycatcher  251  58/15 
Manx Shearwater  252  57/15 
Connecticut Warbler  253  54/17 
Black Skimmer  254  53/8 
Lark Sparrow  255  50/13 
Hooded Warbler  256  49/15 
Yellow-throated Vireo  257  48/14 
Parasitic Jaeger  258  45/13 
Great Shearwater  258  45/11 
Red-shouldered Hawk  260  44/11 
 Jan  Feb  Mar  Apr  May  Jun  Jul  Aug  Sep  Oct  Nov  Dec
Northern Goshawk  261  43/16 
Glaucous Gull  262  42/11 
Vesper Sparrow  263  40/13 
Black-headed Gull  264  38/11 
Summer Tanager  265  37/9 
Eastern Bluebird  266  36/14 
Broad-winged Hawk  267  35/13 
Gull-billed Tern  268  34/7 
Cory's Shearwater  268  34/9 
Barrow's Goldeneye  270  33/6 
Northern Saw-whet Owl  271  31/12 
Gray-cheeked Thrush  271  31/13 
American Oystercatcher  273  30/13 
Dovekie  274  28/12 
Arctic Tern  274  28/10 
Worm-eating Warbler  276  27/11 
Thick-billed Murre  277  26/13 
Long-eared Owl  277  26/11 
Red-necked Phalarope  279  25/9 
Royal Tern  279  25/8 
 Jan  Feb  Mar  Apr  May  Jun  Jul  Aug  Sep  Oct  Nov  Dec
Scissor-tailed Flycatcher  279  25/2 
King Eider  282  24/7 
Curlew Sandpiper  282  24/5 
Cattle Egret  282  24/7 
Harlequin Duck  285  23/8 
Red Phalarope  285  23/6 
Western Kingbird  285  23/7 
White-faced Ibis  288  19/6 
Kentucky Warbler  288  19/8 
Grasshopper Sparrow  288  19/7 
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 
Pacific Loon  297  14/5 
Ross's Goose  298  13/3 
Common Murre  298  13/7 
Hoary Redpoll  300  12/6 
 Jan  Feb  Mar  Apr  May  Jun  Jul  Aug  Sep  Oct  Nov  Dec
Green-tailed Towhee  300  12/1 
Blue Grosbeak  300  12/4 
Black-tailed Godwit  303  11/1 
Pomarine Jaeger  303  11/7 
Leach's Storm-Petrel  303  11/7 
Acadian Flycatcher  303  11/9 
Ash-throated Flycatcher  303  11/2 
Bohemian Waxwing  303  11/6 
Prothonotary Warbler  303  11/8 
Black-necked Stilt  310  10/2 
Eastern Screech-Owl  310  10/6 
Cave Swallow  310  10/6 
Cackling Goose  313  8/3 
Black Vulture  313  8/6 
Louisiana Waterthrush  313  8/8 
Yellow-throated Warbler  313  8/4 
Red-headed Woodpecker  317  7/4 
Gyrfalcon  317  7/5 
Golden-winged Warbler  317  7/4 
Swainson's Warbler  317  7/1 
 Jan  Feb  Mar  Apr  May  Jun  Jul  Aug  Sep  Oct  Nov  Dec
Cerulean Warbler  317  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 
Black-bellied Whistling-Duck  347 
Northern Lapwing  347 
Wilson's Plover  347 
Elegant Tern  347 
Little Egret  347 
White Ibis  347 
Mississippi Kite  347 
Swainson's Hawk  347 
Pileated Woodpecker  347 
Prairie Falcon  347 
Fork-tailed Flycatcher  347 
Yellow-green Vireo  347 
Townsend's Solitaire  347 
Bicknell's Thrush  347 
 Jan  Feb  Mar  Apr  May  Jun  Jul  Aug  Sep  Oct  Nov  Dec
Sage Thrasher  347 
Chestnut-collared Longspur  347 

Total reports are 593,829. Total sightings are 286,330.

November 19, 2017, Tom Wetmore