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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 May 23, 2019

 Species n N  Jan  Feb  Mar  Apr  May  Jun  Jul  Aug  Sep  Oct  Nov  Dec
Herring Gull  1  5021 
Canada Goose  2  4990 
American Robin  3  4926 
American Black Duck  4  4837 
American Crow  5  4833 
Mallard  6  4784 
Black-capped Chickadee  7  4640 
Great Black-backed Gull  8  4631 
Song Sparrow  9  4553 
Northern Mockingbird  10  4480 
European Starling  11  4199 
Northern Cardinal  12  4124 
Northern Harrier  13  4073 
Blue Jay  14  4064 
Mourning Dove  15  4014 
Gadwall  16  3962 
Ring-billed Gull  17  3717 
American Goldfinch  18  3691 
Double-crested Cormorant  19  3533 
Green-winged Teal  20  3458 
 Jan  Feb  Mar  Apr  May  Jun  Jul  Aug  Sep  Oct  Nov  Dec
Common Loon  21  3352 
Greater Yellowlegs  22  3335 
Great Egret  23  3279 
House Sparrow  24  3255 
Great Blue Heron  25  3115 
Gray Catbird  26  3009 
Rock Pigeon  27  2998 
Common Eider  28  2914 
Downy Woodpecker  29  2895 
Mute Swan  30  2865 
White-winged Scoter  31  2853 
Red-winged Blackbird  32  2836 
Eastern Towhee  33  2821 
Snowy Egret  34  2739 
Tree Swallow  35  2730 
Red-breasted Merganser  36  2624 
Black-bellied Plover  37  2589 
Common Grackle  38  2568 
Killdeer  39  2546 
Osprey  40  2540 
 Jan  Feb  Mar  Apr  May  Jun  Jul  Aug  Sep  Oct  Nov  Dec
Cedar Waxwing  41  2482 
House Finch  42  2431 
Northern Pintail  43  2351 
Savannah Sparrow  43  2351 
Brown Thrasher  45  2347 
White-throated Sparrow  46  2314 
Long-tailed Duck  47  2238 
Bufflehead  48  2147 
Semipalmated Plover  49  2138 
Purple Finch  50  2137 
Semipalmated Sandpiper  51  2132 
Sanderling  52  2127 
Dunlin  53  2110 
Black Scoter  54  2081 
Marsh Wren  55  2041 
Red-tailed Hawk  56  2036 
Common Yellowthroat  57  2030 
American Tree Sparrow  58  2009 
Lesser Yellowlegs  59  1999 
Peregrine Falcon  60  1996 
 Jan  Feb  Mar  Apr  May  Jun  Jul  Aug  Sep  Oct  Nov  Dec
Barn Swallow  61  1954 
Red-throated Loon  62  1913 
Eastern Kingbird  62  1913 
Yellow-rumped Warbler  64  1896 
Yellow Warbler  65  1853 
Northern Gannet  66  1840 
Common Tern  67  1810 
Horned Grebe  68  1808 
Northern Flicker  69  1730 
Least Sandpiper  70  1729 
Bobolink  71  1717 
Willet  72  1690 
Turkey Vulture  73  1682 
Brown-headed Cowbird  74  1670 
Red-breasted Nuthatch  75  1659 
Merlin  76  1649 
Purple Martin  77  1631 
Common Goldeneye  78  1624 
Wild Turkey  78  1624 
Short-billed Dowitcher  80  1611 
 Jan  Feb  Mar  Apr  May  Jun  Jul  Aug  Sep  Oct  Nov  Dec
Hooded Merganser  81  1580 
Least Tern  82  1579 
Dark-eyed Junco  83  1574 
Field Sparrow  84  1559 
Baltimore Oriole  85  1528 
Piping Plover  86  1527 
American Wigeon  87  1526 
Eastern Phoebe  88  1512 
White-rumped Sandpiper  89  1476 
Saltmarsh Sparrow  90  1452 
Bonaparte's Gull  91  1432 
American Redstart  92  1401 
Swamp Sparrow  93  1355 
Bald Eagle  94  1285 
Black-crowned Night-Heron  95  1280 
Horned Lark  96  1240 
Rough-legged Hawk  97  1235 
Cooper's Hawk  98  1227 
Surf Scoter  99  1214 
Red-necked Grebe  100  1212 
 Jan  Feb  Mar  Apr  May  Jun  Jul  Aug  Sep  Oct  Nov  Dec
Snowy Owl  101  1204 
Willow Flycatcher  102  1137 
Spotted Sandpiper  103  1134 
Golden-crowned Kinglet  104  1120 
Hermit Thrush  105  1105 
Northern Shoveler  106  1095 
Red-eyed Vireo  107  1084 
Blue-winged Teal  108  1039 
Ruby-crowned Kinglet  109  1026 
Bank Swallow  110  1005 
Snow Bunting  111  1002 
Chipping Sparrow  112  907 
Brant  113  894 
Sharp-shinned Hawk  114  879 
Glossy Ibis  115  870 
American Kestrel  116  854 
Black-and-white Warbler  117  814 
Greater Scaup  118  785 
Blackpoll Warbler  119  715 
Stilt Sandpiper  120  707 
 Jan  Feb  Mar  Apr  May  Jun  Jul  Aug  Sep  Oct  Nov  Dec
Belted Kingfisher  121  706 
Pectoral Sandpiper  122  705 
Razorbill  123  696 
Great Crested Flycatcher  124  694 
Ruddy Turnstone  125  692 
Seaside Sparrow  126  690 
Black-throated Green Warbler  127  689 
Great Cormorant  128  680 
American Woodcock  129  666 
Palm Warbler  130  661 
Northern Parula  130  661 
Northern Shrike  132  656 
Carolina Wren  133  651 
Magnolia Warbler  134  628 
Pied-billed Grebe  135  627 
American Bittern  136  626 
Laughing Gull  137  625 
Red Knot  138  624 
Blue-headed Vireo  139  603 
Black-throated Blue Warbler  140  587 
 Jan  Feb  Mar  Apr  May  Jun  Jul  Aug  Sep  Oct  Nov  Dec
Whimbrel  141  586 
Eastern Meadowlark  141  586 
Virginia Rail  143  556 
Lesser Scaup  144  534 
American Pipit  145  532 
Ruby-throated Hummingbird  146  525 
White-breasted Nuthatch  147  520 
Long-billed Dowitcher  148  516 
Northern Waterthrush  149  514 
Orchard Oriole  150  513 
Brown Creeper  151  509 
Least Bittern  152  506 
Ruddy Duck  153  505 
White-crowned Sparrow  154  501 
Pine Warbler  155  500 
Snow Goose  156  495 
Hairy Woodpecker  157  486 
Short-eared Owl  158  482 
American Golden-Plover  159  481 
Chimney Swift  160  470 
 Jan  Feb  Mar  Apr  May  Jun  Jul  Aug  Sep  Oct  Nov  Dec
Wilson's Warbler  161  457 
Sora  162  456 
Nashville Warbler  163  431 
Rose-breasted Grosbeak  164  421 
Tufted Titmouse  165  409 
Ovenbird  166  404 
House Wren  167  391 
Purple Sandpiper  168  377 
Chestnut-sided Warbler  169  374 
Roseate Tern  170  371 
Wilson's Snipe  171  364 
Black-legged Kittiwake  172  361 
Common Raven  173  348 
Common Merganser  174  338 
Wood Duck  175  335 
Lapland Longspur  176  332 
Blackburnian Warbler  177  330 
American Coot  178  328 
Eastern Wood-Pewee  179  319 
Canada Warbler  180  312 
 Jan  Feb  Mar  Apr  May  Jun  Jul  Aug  Sep  Oct  Nov  Dec
Black-billed Cuckoo  181  307 
Green Heron  182  306 
Ring-necked Duck  183  305 
Yellow-bellied Sapsucker  184  304 
Baird's Sandpiper  185  299 
Great Horned Owl  185  299 
Swainson's Thrush  185  299 
Scarlet Tanager  188  296 
Hudsonian Godwit  189  284 
Blue-gray Gnatcatcher  189  284 
Least Flycatcher  191  283 
Common Redpoll  192  276 
Eurasian Wigeon  193  270 
Veery  193  270 
Red-bellied Woodpecker  195  267 
Western Sandpiper  196  265 
Warbling Vireo  197  262 
Forster's Tern  198  256 
Alder Flycatcher  199  252 
Prairie Warbler  200  251 
 Jan  Feb  Mar  Apr  May  Jun  Jul  Aug  Sep  Oct  Nov  Dec
Pine Siskin  201  248 
Eastern Whip-poor-will  202  243 
Yellow-billed Cuckoo  203  240 
Wilson's Phalarope  204  210 
Bay-breasted Warbler  205  209 
Fox Sparrow  206  203 
Tricolored Heron  207  197 
Philadelphia Vireo  208  191 
Lincoln's Sparrow  209  187 
Northern Rough-winged Swallow  210  186 
Solitary Sandpiper  211  184 
Winter Wren  212  183 
Buff-breasted Sandpiper  213  180 
Clay-colored Sparrow  213  180 
Yellow-crowned Night-Heron  215  174 
Little Blue Heron  216  168 
Barred Owl  217  161 
Cape May Warbler  218  155 
Redhead  219  151 
Wood Thrush  219  151 
 Jan  Feb  Mar  Apr  May  Jun  Jul  Aug  Sep  Oct  Nov  Dec
Yellow-bellied Flycatcher  221  145 
Lesser Black-backed Gull  222  142 
Cliff Swallow  223  136 
White-winged Crossbill  224  131 
Caspian Tern  225  124 
Mourning Warbler  225  124 
Little Gull  227  123 
Indigo Bunting  228  122 
American Avocet  229  119 
Iceland Gull  229  119 
King Rail  231  116 
Black Tern  232  112 
Common Gallinule  233  111 
Fish Crow  234  107 
Tennessee Warbler  235  103 
Wilson's Storm-Petrel  236  98/16 
Dickcissel  237  93/15 
Blue-winged Warbler  238  92/17 
Marbled Godwit  239  91/17 
Clapper Rail  240  88/9 
 Jan  Feb  Mar  Apr  May  Jun  Jul  Aug  Sep  Oct  Nov  Dec
Orange-crowned Warbler  240  88/16 
Black Guillemot  242  87/15 
King Eider  243  86/9 
White-eyed Vireo  243  86/16 
Red Crossbill  245  85/10 
Rusty Blackbird  246  81/16 
Nelson's Sparrow  247  77/16 
Common Nighthawk  248  74/17 
Western Grebe  249  70/6 
Yellow-breasted Chat  250  69/13 
Olive-sided Flycatcher  251  61/17 
Ring-necked Pheasant  252  60/10 
Manx Shearwater  252  60/16 
Black Skimmer  254  57/9 
Red-shouldered Hawk  254  57/13 
Connecticut Warbler  256  56/18 
Yellow-throated Vireo  257  55/15 
Lark Sparrow  258  51/14 
Hooded Warbler  258  51/16 
Great Shearwater  260  48/12 
 Jan  Feb  Mar  Apr  May  Jun  Jul  Aug  Sep  Oct  Nov  Dec
Glaucous Gull  261  47/13 
Parasitic Jaeger  262  46/14 
Vesper Sparrow  262  46/15 
Northern Goshawk  264  44/17 
Summer Tanager  265  42/11 
Eastern Bluebird  266  39/15 
American Oystercatcher  267  38/15 
Black-headed Gull  267  38/11 
Cory's Shearwater  269  37/10 
Broad-winged Hawk  269  37/14 
Dovekie  271  36/13 
Gull-billed Tern  272  34/7 
Gray-cheeked Thrush  272  34/14 
Barrow's Goldeneye  274  33/6 
Northern Saw-whet Owl  275  31/12 
Thick-billed Murre  276  30/15 
Worm-eating Warbler  277  29/12 
Arctic Tern  278  28/10 
Royal Tern  278  28/10 
Long-eared Owl  278  28/12 
 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 
Red Phalarope  283  24/7 
Cattle Egret  283  24/7 
Western Kingbird  283  24/8 
Grasshopper Sparrow  283  24/8 
Harlequin Duck  288  23/8 
Canvasback  289  20/7 
Kentucky Warbler  289  20/9 
White-faced Ibis  291  19/6 
Black Rail  292  18/1 
Upland Sandpiper  293  17/8 
Sooty Shearwater  293  17/9 
Pine Grosbeak  293  17/5 
Ruff  296  16/8 
Common Murre  297  15/8 
Pacific Loon  297  15/6 
Prothonotary Warbler  297  15/9 
Ross's Goose  300  14/4 
 Jan  Feb  Mar  Apr  May  Jun  Jul  Aug  Sep  Oct  Nov  Dec
Bohemian Waxwing  301  13/7 
Hoary Redpoll  302  12/6 
Green-tailed Towhee  302  12/1 
Blue Grosbeak  302  12/4 
Black-tailed Godwit  305  11/1 
Pomarine Jaeger  305  11/7 
Leach's Storm-Petrel  305  11/7 
Eastern Screech-Owl  305  11/7 
Acadian Flycatcher  305  11/9 
Ash-throated Flycatcher  305  11/2 
Black-necked Stilt  311  10/2 
Cave Swallow  311  10/6 
Cackling Goose  313  8/3 
Black Vulture  313  8/6 
Evening Grosbeak  313  8/4 
Louisiana Waterthrush  313  8/8 
Golden-winged Warbler  313  8/5 
Yellow-throated Warbler  313  8/4 
American White Pelican  319  7/6 
Red-headed Woodpecker  319  7/4 
 Jan  Feb  Mar  Apr  May  Jun  Jul  Aug  Sep  Oct  Nov  Dec
Gyrfalcon  319  7/5 
Swainson's Warbler  319  7/1 
Cerulean Warbler  319  7/5 
Atlantic Puffin  324  6/4 
Sandwich Tern  324  6/2 
Northern Fulmar  324  6/4 
Sandhill Crane  327  5/5 
Pacific Golden-Plover  327  5/1 
Franklin's Gull  327  5/4 
Thayer's Gull  327  5/1 
Brown Pelican  327  5/1 
Golden Eagle  327  5/4 
Say's Phoebe  327  5/3 
Common Ringed Plover  334  4/1 
Yellow-headed Blackbird  334  4/3 
Loggerhead Shrike  336  3/1 
Western Tanager  336  3/1 
Greater White-fronted Goose  338  2/1 
Eared Grebe  338  2/1 
Ringed Turtle-Dove  338  2/1 
 Jan  Feb  Mar  Apr  May  Jun  Jul  Aug  Sep  Oct  Nov  Dec
Chuck-will's-widow  338  2/2 
Red-necked Stint  338  2/1 
Long-tailed Jaeger  338  2/2 
Sabine's Gull  338  2/2 
Little Egret  338  2/2 
Sedge Wren  338  2/2 
Northern Wheatear  338  2/1 
Western Meadowlark  338  2/1 
Black-bellied Whistling-Duck  349 
Northern Lapwing  349 
Wilson's Plover  349 
Elegant Tern  349 
White Ibis  349 
Mississippi Kite  349 
Swainson's Hawk  349 
Pileated Woodpecker  349 
Prairie Falcon  349 
Fork-tailed Flycatcher  349 
Yellow-green Vireo  349 
Townsend's Solitaire  349 
 Jan  Feb  Mar  Apr  May  Jun  Jul  Aug  Sep  Oct  Nov  Dec
Bicknell's Thrush  349 
Sage Thrasher  349 
Chestnut-collared Longspur  349 

Total reports are 649,170. Total sightings are 315,939.

May 23, 2019, Tom Wetmore