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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 22, 2017

 Species n N  Jan  Feb  Mar  Apr  May  Jun  Jul  Aug  Sep  Oct  Nov  Dec
Herring Gull  1  4361 
Canada Goose  2  4360 
American Robin  3  4284 
American Crow  4  4231 
American Black Duck  5  4209 
Mallard  6  4157 
Great Black-backed Gull  7  4031 
Black-capped Chickadee  8  4001 
Song Sparrow  9  3978 
Northern Mockingbird  10  3901 
European Starling  11  3665 
Northern Harrier  12  3616 
Northern Cardinal  13  3557 
Gadwall  14  3545 
Mourning Dove  15  3503 
Blue Jay  16  3486 
Ring-billed Gull  17  3263 
American Goldfinch  18  3162 
Double-crested Cormorant  19  3083 
Green-winged Teal  20  3050 
 Jan  Feb  Mar  Apr  May  Jun  Jul  Aug  Sep  Oct  Nov  Dec
Greater Yellowlegs  21  2921 
Common Loon  22  2920 
Great Egret  23  2864 
House Sparrow  24  2765 
Great Blue Heron  25  2748 
Gray Catbird  26  2611 
Rock Pigeon  27  2540 
Mute Swan  28  2530 
White-winged Scoter  29  2477 
Common Eider  29  2477 
Downy Woodpecker  31  2466 
Eastern Towhee  32  2458 
Red-winged Blackbird  33  2450 
Snowy Egret  34  2401 
Tree Swallow  35  2377 
Red-breasted Merganser  36  2278 
Black-bellied Plover  37  2245 
Common Grackle  38  2230 
Killdeer  39  2196 
Osprey  40  2184 
 Jan  Feb  Mar  Apr  May  Jun  Jul  Aug  Sep  Oct  Nov  Dec
Cedar Waxwing  41  2156 
Northern Pintail  42  2127 
Savannah Sparrow  43  2088 
Brown Thrasher  44  2076 
House Finch  45  2031 
White-throated Sparrow  46  2028 
Long-tailed Duck  47  1910 
Bufflehead  48  1874 
Purple Finch  49  1847 
Sanderling  50  1840 
Semipalmated Sandpiper  51  1839 
Semipalmated Plover  52  1838 
Dunlin  53  1813 
Marsh Wren  54  1775 
Lesser Yellowlegs  55  1773 
American Tree Sparrow  56  1766 
Common Yellowthroat  57  1757 
Red-tailed Hawk  58  1738 
Black Scoter  59  1726 
Peregrine Falcon  60  1718 
 Jan  Feb  Mar  Apr  May  Jun  Jul  Aug  Sep  Oct  Nov  Dec
Red-throated Loon  61  1705 
Barn Swallow  62  1682 
Eastern Kingbird  63  1678 
Northern Gannet  64  1632 
Yellow Warbler  65  1622 
Common Tern  66  1609 
Yellow-rumped Warbler  67  1599 
Horned Grebe  68  1592 
Least Sandpiper  69  1516 
Northern Flicker  70  1494 
Bobolink  71  1489 
Willet  72  1478 
Merlin  73  1464 
Brown-headed Cowbird  74  1448 
Turkey Vulture  75  1438 
Hooded Merganser  76  1410 
Short-billed Dowitcher  77  1405 
Purple Martin  78  1404 
Least Tern  79  1375 
Common Goldeneye  80  1374 
 Jan  Feb  Mar  Apr  May  Jun  Jul  Aug  Sep  Oct  Nov  Dec
American Wigeon  81  1360 
Field Sparrow  82  1359 
Dark-eyed Junco  83  1358 
Bonaparte's Gull  84  1332 
Red-breasted Nuthatch  85  1326 
Wild Turkey  86  1316 
Baltimore Oriole  87  1311 
Eastern Phoebe  88  1306 
Piping Plover  89  1293 
White-rumped Sandpiper  90  1271 
Saltmarsh Sparrow  91  1249 
American Redstart  92  1195 
Horned Lark  93  1150 
Black-crowned Night-Heron  94  1132 
Swamp Sparrow  95  1125 
Red-necked Grebe  96  1104 
Rough-legged Hawk  97  1078 
Bald Eagle  98  1062 
Surf Scoter  99  1055 
Cooper's Hawk  100  1043 
 Jan  Feb  Mar  Apr  May  Jun  Jul  Aug  Sep  Oct  Nov  Dec
Snowy Owl  101  1009 
Blue-winged Teal  102  1008 
Northern Shoveler  103  990 
Willow Flycatcher  104  989 
Golden-crowned Kinglet  105  968 
Spotted Sandpiper  106  961 
Hermit Thrush  107  917 
Red-eyed Vireo  108  891 
Ruby-crowned Kinglet  109  889 
Bank Swallow  110  886 
Snow Bunting  111  879 
Sharp-shinned Hawk  112  811 
Chipping Sparrow  113  774 
American Kestrel  114  769 
Brant  115  766 
Glossy Ibis  115  766 
Greater Scaup  117  728 
Black-and-white Warbler  118  725 
Northern Shrike  119  644 
Great Cormorant  120  634 
 Jan  Feb  Mar  Apr  May  Jun  Jul  Aug  Sep  Oct  Nov  Dec
Blackpoll Warbler  121  631 
Pectoral Sandpiper  122  625 
American Woodcock  123  615 
Belted Kingfisher  123  615 
Black-throated Green Warbler  125  611 
Ruddy Turnstone  126  601 
Razorbill  127  598 
American Bittern  128  595 
Northern Parula  129  590 
Seaside Sparrow  130  589 
Stilt Sandpiper  131  586 
Pied-billed Grebe  132  584 
Palm Warbler  132  584 
Laughing Gull  134  575 
Eastern Meadowlark  134  575 
Magnolia Warbler  136  567 
Red Knot  137  563 
Great Crested Flycatcher  138  557 
Whimbrel  139  538 
Virginia Rail  140  536 
 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  526 
Lesser Scaup  144  492 
Snow Goose  145  489 
American Pipit  146  487 
White-breasted Nuthatch  147  486 
Ruby-throated Hummingbird  148  473 
Ruddy Duck  149  472 
Brown Creeper  150  470 
Short-eared Owl  151  448 
Sora  152  446 
Long-billed Dowitcher  153  440 
Northern Waterthrush  153  440 
American Golden-Plover  155  431 
Least Bittern  155  431 
White-crowned Sparrow  157  429 
Chimney Swift  158  421 
Wilson's Warbler  159  409 
Nashville Warbler  160  385 
 Jan  Feb  Mar  Apr  May  Jun  Jul  Aug  Sep  Oct  Nov  Dec
Orchard Oriole  161  381 
Pine Warbler  162  378 
House Wren  163  370 
Rose-breasted Grosbeak  163  370 
Black-legged Kittiwake  165  357 
Ovenbird  166  352 
Wilson's Snipe  167  344 
Hairy Woodpecker  168  341 
Tufted Titmouse  169  340 
Chestnut-sided Warbler  170  334 
Roseate Tern  171  320 
Common Merganser  172  314 
Purple Sandpiper  172  314 
Lapland Longspur  174  312 
Wood Duck  175  300 
Blackburnian Warbler  176  294 
American Coot  177  291 
Green Heron  178  287 
Eastern Wood-Pewee  179  285 
Canada Warbler  180  280 
 Jan  Feb  Mar  Apr  May  Jun  Jul  Aug  Sep  Oct  Nov  Dec
Great Horned Owl  181  274 
Scarlet Tanager  182  270 
Baird's Sandpiper  183  261 
Swainson's Thrush  183  261 
Hudsonian Godwit  185  259 
Black-billed Cuckoo  185  259 
Ring-necked Duck  187  257 
Eurasian Wigeon  188  256 
Common Redpoll  189  253 
Forster's Tern  190  252 
Least Flycatcher  191  250 
Western Sandpiper  192  243 
Veery  193  242 
Blue-gray Gnatcatcher  194  241 
Warbling Vireo  195  240 
Common Raven  196  239 
Yellow-bellied Sapsucker  197  233 
Alder Flycatcher  198  229 
Eastern Whip-poor-will  199  225 
Pine Siskin  199  225 
 Jan  Feb  Mar  Apr  May  Jun  Jul  Aug  Sep  Oct  Nov  Dec
Prairie Warbler  201  220 
Red-bellied Woodpecker  202  211 
Yellow-billed Cuckoo  203  207 
Wilson's Phalarope  204  199 
Tricolored Heron  205  178 
Fox Sparrow  206  176 
Bay-breasted Warbler  207  175 
Philadelphia Vireo  208  170 
Solitary Sandpiper  209  168 
Winter Wren  209  168 
Lincoln's Sparrow  211  162 
Buff-breasted Sandpiper  212  160 
Northern Rough-winged Swallow  212  160 
Little Blue Heron  214  152 
Redhead  215  151 
Wood Thrush  216  146 
Yellow-crowned Night-Heron  216  146 
Clay-colored Sparrow  218  139 
Yellow-bellied Flycatcher  219  133 
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 
Little Gull  223  120 
Cape May Warbler  223  120 
King Rail  225  115 
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  109 
Common Gallinule  232  107 
Black Tern  233  99/15 
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 
Red Crossbill  238  83/8 
Marbled Godwit  240  78/14 
 Jan  Feb  Mar  Apr  May  Jun  Jul  Aug  Sep  Oct  Nov  Dec
Fish Crow  240  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  57/15 
Black Skimmer  252  53/8 
Manx Shearwater  253  52/14 
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  41/11 
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 
Harlequin Duck  284  23/8 
Red Phalarope  284  23/6 
Cattle Egret  284  23/6 
Western Kingbird  284  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 
Ross's Goose  297  13/3 
Common Murre  297  13/7 
Hoary Redpoll  299  12/6 
Green-tailed Towhee  299  12/1 
 Jan  Feb  Mar  Apr  May  Jun  Jul  Aug  Sep  Oct  Nov  Dec
Blue Grosbeak  299  12/4 
Black-tailed Godwit  302  11/1 
Pomarine Jaeger  302  11/7 
Pacific Loon  302  11/4 
Leach's Storm-Petrel  302  11/7 
Ash-throated Flycatcher  302  11/2 
Bohemian Waxwing  302  11/6 
Prothonotary Warbler  302  11/8 
Black-necked Stilt  309  10/2 
Eastern Screech-Owl  309  10/6 
Acadian Flycatcher  309  10/8 
Cave Swallow  309  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 
Loggerhead Shrike  334  3/1 
Western Tanager  334  3/1 
Greater White-fronted Goose  336  2/1 
Eared Grebe  336  2/1 
Ringed Turtle-Dove  336  2/1 
Chuck-will's-widow  336  2/2 
Red-necked Stint  336  2/1 
 Jan  Feb  Mar  Apr  May  Jun  Jul  Aug  Sep  Oct  Nov  Dec
Long-tailed Jaeger  336  2/2 
Sabine's Gull  336  2/2 
Sedge Wren  336  2/2 
Northern Wheatear  336  2/1 
Yellow-headed Blackbird  336  2/2 
Black-bellied Whistling-Duck  346 
Northern Lapwing  346 
Wilson's Plover  346 
Elegant Tern  346 
Little Egret  346 
White Ibis  346 
Mississippi Kite  346 
Swainson's Hawk  346 
Pileated Woodpecker  346 
Eurasian Kestrel  346 
Prairie Falcon  346 
Fork-tailed Flycatcher  346 
Yellow-green Vireo  346 
Townsend's Solitaire  346 
Bicknell's Thrush  346 
 Jan  Feb  Mar  Apr  May  Jun  Jul  Aug  Sep  Oct  Nov  Dec
Sage Thrasher  346 
Chestnut-collared Longspur  346 

Total reports are 575,402. Total sightings are 275,531.

May 22, 2017, Tom Wetmore