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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 July 21, 2017

 Species n N  Jan  Feb  Mar  Apr  May  Jun  Jul  Aug  Sep  Oct  Nov  Dec
Herring Gull  1  4409 
Canada Goose  2  4408 
American Robin  3  4335 
American Crow  4  4278 
American Black Duck  5  4253 
Mallard  6  4207 
Great Black-backed Gull  7  4077 
Black-capped Chickadee  8  4047 
Song Sparrow  9  4029 
Northern Mockingbird  10  3945 
European Starling  11  3711 
Northern Harrier  12  3621 
Northern Cardinal  13  3600 
Gadwall  14  3588 
Mourning Dove  15  3553 
Blue Jay  16  3533 
Ring-billed Gull  17  3287 
American Goldfinch  18  3210 
Double-crested Cormorant  19  3134 
Green-winged Teal  20  3082 
 Jan  Feb  Mar  Apr  May  Jun  Jul  Aug  Sep  Oct  Nov  Dec
Greater Yellowlegs  21  2957 
Common Loon  22  2941 
Great Egret  23  2915 
House Sparrow  24  2810 
Great Blue Heron  25  2776 
Gray Catbird  26  2661 
Mute Swan  27  2577 
Rock Pigeon  28  2567 
Eastern Towhee  29  2507 
Common Eider  30  2503 
Red-winged Blackbird  31  2500 
White-winged Scoter  32  2483 
Downy Woodpecker  33  2478 
Snowy Egret  34  2450 
Tree Swallow  35  2428 
Red-breasted Merganser  36  2281 
Common Grackle  36  2281 
Black-bellied Plover  38  2269 
Killdeer  39  2244 
Osprey  40  2233 
 Jan  Feb  Mar  Apr  May  Jun  Jul  Aug  Sep  Oct  Nov  Dec
Cedar Waxwing  41  2204 
Northern Pintail  42  2127 
Brown Thrasher  43  2122 
Savannah Sparrow  44  2117 
House Finch  45  2065 
White-throated Sparrow  46  2029 
Long-tailed Duck  47  1914 
Purple Finch  48  1895 
Semipalmated Sandpiper  49  1880 
Bufflehead  50  1874 
Semipalmated Plover  51  1870 
Sanderling  52  1843 
Dunlin  53  1824 
Marsh Wren  54  1823 
Common Yellowthroat  55  1807 
Lesser Yellowlegs  56  1790 
American Tree Sparrow  57  1766 
Red-tailed Hawk  58  1748 
Black Scoter  59  1738 
Barn Swallow  60  1733 
 Jan  Feb  Mar  Apr  May  Jun  Jul  Aug  Sep  Oct  Nov  Dec
Eastern Kingbird  61  1728 
Peregrine Falcon  62  1724 
Red-throated Loon  63  1708 
Yellow Warbler  64  1671 
Common Tern  65  1657 
Northern Gannet  66  1638 
Yellow-rumped Warbler  67  1600 
Horned Grebe  68  1592 
Least Sandpiper  69  1543 
Bobolink  70  1539 
Willet  71  1528 
Northern Flicker  72  1497 
Brown-headed Cowbird  73  1488 
Merlin  74  1466 
Turkey Vulture  75  1463 
Purple Martin  76  1455 
Short-billed Dowitcher  77  1428 
Least Tern  78  1426 
Hooded Merganser  79  1411 
Field Sparrow  80  1385 
 Jan  Feb  Mar  Apr  May  Jun  Jul  Aug  Sep  Oct  Nov  Dec
Common Goldeneye  81  1374 
American Wigeon  82  1368 
Dark-eyed Junco  83  1358 
Baltimore Oriole  84  1356 
Wild Turkey  85  1351 
Bonaparte's Gull  86  1334 
Red-breasted Nuthatch  87  1333 
Piping Plover  88  1328 
Eastern Phoebe  89  1307 
Saltmarsh Sparrow  90  1298 
White-rumped Sandpiper  91  1288 
American Redstart  92  1239 
Horned Lark  93  1150 
Black-crowned Night-Heron  94  1145 
Swamp Sparrow  95  1143 
Red-necked Grebe  96  1104 
Rough-legged Hawk  97  1078 
Bald Eagle  98  1071 
Surf Scoter  99  1056 
Cooper's Hawk  100  1044 
 Jan  Feb  Mar  Apr  May  Jun  Jul  Aug  Sep  Oct  Nov  Dec
Willow Flycatcher  101  1033 
Blue-winged Teal  102  1015 
Snowy Owl  103  1009 
Northern Shoveler  104  990 
Spotted Sandpiper  104  990 
Golden-crowned Kinglet  106  968 
Red-eyed Vireo  107  925 
Hermit Thrush  108  918 
Bank Swallow  109  909 
Ruby-crowned Kinglet  110  890 
Snow Bunting  111  879 
Sharp-shinned Hawk  112  811 
Glossy Ibis  113  779 
Chipping Sparrow  114  778 
American Kestrel  115  770 
Brant  116  766 
Black-and-white Warbler  117  731 
Greater Scaup  118  728 
Northern Shrike  119  644 
Blackpoll Warbler  119  644 
 Jan  Feb  Mar  Apr  May  Jun  Jul  Aug  Sep  Oct  Nov  Dec
Great Cormorant  121  634 
Pectoral Sandpiper  122  628 
American Woodcock  123  621 
Black-throated Green Warbler  124  620 
Seaside Sparrow  125  617 
Belted Kingfisher  126  616 
Ruddy Turnstone  127  612 
Razorbill  128  598 
Northern Parula  128  598 
American Bittern  130  595 
Great Crested Flycatcher  131  589 
Stilt Sandpiper  132  588 
Pied-billed Grebe  133  584 
Palm Warbler  133  584 
Laughing Gull  135  583 
Magnolia Warbler  136  578 
Eastern Meadowlark  137  575 
Red Knot  138  563 
Virginia Rail  139  543 
Whimbrel  140  539 
 Jan  Feb  Mar  Apr  May  Jun  Jul  Aug  Sep  Oct  Nov  Dec
Blue-headed Vireo  141  533 
Carolina Wren  142  529 
Black-throated Blue Warbler  143  528 
Lesser Scaup  144  492 
Snow Goose  145  489 
American Pipit  146  487 
White-breasted Nuthatch  147  486 
Ruby-throated Hummingbird  148  479 
Ruddy Duck  149  472 
Brown Creeper  150  470 
Least Bittern  151  449 
Short-eared Owl  152  448 
Sora  153  446 
Northern Waterthrush  154  445 
Long-billed Dowitcher  155  440 
Chimney Swift  156  434 
American Golden-Plover  157  431 
White-crowned Sparrow  158  430 
Orchard Oriole  159  419 
Wilson's Warbler  160  411 
 Jan  Feb  Mar  Apr  May  Jun  Jul  Aug  Sep  Oct  Nov  Dec
Pine Warbler  161  394 
Nashville Warbler  162  385 
Rose-breasted Grosbeak  163  375 
House Wren  164  372 
Black-legged Kittiwake  165  357 
Ovenbird  166  355 
Wilson's Snipe  167  345 
Hairy Woodpecker  168  341 
Tufted Titmouse  169  340 
Chestnut-sided Warbler  170  336 
Roseate Tern  171  330 
Common Merganser  172  315 
Purple Sandpiper  173  314 
Lapland Longspur  174  312 
Wood Duck  175  303 
Blackburnian Warbler  176  300 
Eastern Wood-Pewee  177  293 
American Coot  178  291 
Green Heron  179  289 
Canada Warbler  180  287 
 Jan  Feb  Mar  Apr  May  Jun  Jul  Aug  Sep  Oct  Nov  Dec
Black-billed Cuckoo  181  277 
Great Horned Owl  182  275 
Scarlet Tanager  183  270 
Swainson's Thrush  184  268 
Baird's Sandpiper  185  262 
Hudsonian Godwit  186  259 
Ring-necked Duck  187  257 
Eurasian Wigeon  188  256 
Least Flycatcher  189  255 
Common Redpoll  190  253 
Forster's Tern  191  252 
Western Sandpiper  192  243 
Veery  192  243 
Warbling Vireo  194  241 
Common Raven  194  241 
Blue-gray Gnatcatcher  194  241 
Alder Flycatcher  197  238 
Yellow-bellied Sapsucker  198  233 
Eastern Whip-poor-will  199  229 
Pine Siskin  200  225 
 Jan  Feb  Mar  Apr  May  Jun  Jul  Aug  Sep  Oct  Nov  Dec
Prairie Warbler  201  221 
Yellow-billed Cuckoo  202  213 
Red-bellied Woodpecker  203  211 
Wilson's Phalarope  204  199 
Tricolored Heron  205  179 
Fox Sparrow  206  176 
Bay-breasted Warbler  207  175 
Philadelphia Vireo  208  170 
Solitary Sandpiper  209  168 
Winter Wren  209  168 
Northern Rough-winged Swallow  211  162 
Lincoln's Sparrow  211  162 
Buff-breasted Sandpiper  213  160 
Little Blue Heron  214  153 
Redhead  215  151 
Yellow-crowned Night-Heron  216  148 
Wood Thrush  217  146 
Clay-colored Sparrow  218  139 
Yellow-bellied Flycatcher  219  138 
White-winged Crossbill  220  131 
 Jan  Feb  Mar  Apr  May  Jun  Jul  Aug  Sep  Oct  Nov  Dec
Barred Owl  221  127 
Cliff Swallow  221  127 
Cape May Warbler  223  121 
Little Gull  224  120 
King Rail  225  116 
American Avocet  226  114 
Mourning Warbler  226  114 
Caspian Tern  228  113 
Iceland Gull  229  111 
Indigo Bunting  229  111 
Lesser Black-backed Gull  231  110 
Common Gallinule  232  109 
Black Tern  233  102 
Clapper Rail  234  88/9 
Tennessee Warbler  234  88/15 
Blue-winged Warbler  236  85/15 
Wilson's Storm-Petrel  237  84/14 
Black Guillemot  238  83/13 
Fish Crow  238  83/14 
Red Crossbill  238  83/8 
 Jan  Feb  Mar  Apr  May  Jun  Jul  Aug  Sep  Oct  Nov  Dec
Marbled Godwit  241  78/14 
Orange-crowned Warbler  242  74/14 
Western Grebe  243  70/6 
Dickcissel  243  70/13 
Common Nighthawk  245  69/15 
Yellow-breasted Chat  246  67/12 
Rusty Blackbird  247  66/14 
White-eyed Vireo  248  62/14 
Ring-necked Pheasant  249  60/10 
Nelson's Sparrow  249  60/14 
Olive-sided Flycatcher  251  58/15 
Black Skimmer  252  53/8 
Manx Shearwater  252  53/15 
Connecticut Warbler  254  49/16 
Yellow-throated Vireo  255  46/14 
Lark Sparrow  255  46/12 
Hooded Warbler  257  45/14 
Parasitic Jaeger  258  44/12 
Red-shouldered Hawk  258  44/11 
Northern Goshawk  260  43/16 
 Jan  Feb  Mar  Apr  May  Jun  Jul  Aug  Sep  Oct  Nov  Dec
Glaucous Gull  261  42/11 
Vesper Sparrow  262  40/13 
Great Shearwater  263  39/10 
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 
Barrow's Goldeneye  269  33/6 
Northern Saw-whet Owl  270  30/12 
American Oystercatcher  271  29/13 
Dovekie  272  28/12 
Arctic Tern  272  28/10 
Gray-cheeked Thrush  272  28/13 
Worm-eating Warbler  275  27/11 
Thick-billed Murre  276  26/13 
Long-eared Owl  276  26/11 
Red-necked Phalarope  278  25/9 
Royal Tern  278  25/8 
Cory's Shearwater  278  25/8 
 Jan  Feb  Mar  Apr  May  Jun  Jul  Aug  Sep  Oct  Nov  Dec
Scissor-tailed Flycatcher  278  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 
Kentucky Warbler  288  19/8 
Grasshopper Sparrow  288  19/7 
Canvasback  290  18/6 
Black Rail  290  18/1 
White-faced Ibis  290  18/6 
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 
Yellow-throated Warbler  313  8/4 
Red-headed Woodpecker  316  7/4 
Gyrfalcon  316  7/5 
Louisiana Waterthrush  316  7/7 
Golden-winged Warbler  316  7/4 
Swainson's Warbler  316  7/1 
 Jan  Feb  Mar  Apr  May  Jun  Jul  Aug  Sep  Oct  Nov  Dec
Cerulean Warbler  316  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 
Say's Phoebe  324  5/3 
Sandhill Crane  330  4/4 
Common Ringed Plover  330  4/1 
Golden Eagle  330  4/3 
Evening Grosbeak  330  4/3 
Brown Pelican  334  3/1 
Loggerhead Shrike  334  3/1 
Western Tanager  334  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 580,713. Total sightings are 278,944.

July 21, 2017, Tom Wetmore