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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 January 19, 2022

 Species n N  Jan  Feb  Mar  Apr  May  Jun  Jul  Aug  Sep  Oct  Nov  Dec
Herring Gull  1  5936 
Canada Goose  2  5888 
American Robin  3  5823 
American Black Duck  4  5695 
Mallard  5  5685 
American Crow  6  5546 
Black-capped Chickadee  7  5531 
Great Black-backed Gull  8  5493 
Song Sparrow  9  5444 
Northern Mockingbird  10  5318 
Northern Cardinal  11  4961 
European Starling  12  4956 
Blue Jay  13  4844 
Mourning Dove  14  4801 
Northern Harrier  15  4712 
Gadwall  16  4665 
American Goldfinch  17  4436 
Ring-billed Gull  18  4398 
Double-crested Cormorant  19  4181 
Green-winged Teal  20  4102 
 Jan  Feb  Mar  Apr  May  Jun  Jul  Aug  Sep  Oct  Nov  Dec
House Sparrow  21  3941 
Common Loon  22  3927 
Greater Yellowlegs  23  3916 
Great Egret  24  3915 
Gray Catbird  25  3712 
Great Blue Heron  26  3669 
Rock Pigeon  27  3641 
Common Eider  28  3558 
Downy Woodpecker  29  3521 
White-winged Scoter  30  3442 
Red-winged Blackbird  31  3433 
Mute Swan  32  3432 
Eastern Towhee  33  3334 
Tree Swallow  34  3203 
Snowy Egret  35  3201 
House Finch  36  3105 
Black-bellied Plover  37  3077 
Killdeer  38  3063 
Red-breasted Merganser  39  3059 
Common Grackle  40  3026 
 Jan  Feb  Mar  Apr  May  Jun  Jul  Aug  Sep  Oct  Nov  Dec
Cedar Waxwing  41  3025 
Osprey  42  3007 
Northern Pintail  43  2801 
White-throated Sparrow  44  2766 
Brown Thrasher  45  2717 
Savannah Sparrow  46  2712 
Long-tailed Duck  47  2653 
Sanderling  48  2616 
Semipalmated Plover  49  2582 
Semipalmated Sandpiper  50  2565 
Dunlin  51  2557 
Black Scoter  52  2550 
Bufflehead  53  2541 
Purple Finch  54  2514 
Marsh Wren  55  2496 
Common Yellowthroat  56  2454 
Peregrine Falcon  57  2421 
Red-tailed Hawk  58  2391 
Lesser Yellowlegs  59  2369 
Yellow-rumped Warbler  60  2321 
 Jan  Feb  Mar  Apr  May  Jun  Jul  Aug  Sep  Oct  Nov  Dec
Barn Swallow  61  2320 
American Tree Sparrow  61  2320 
Eastern Kingbird  63  2280 
Red-throated Loon  64  2218 
Yellow Warbler  65  2185 
Northern Gannet  66  2159 
Common Tern  67  2127 
Horned Grebe  68  2110 
Northern Flicker  69  2085 
Least Sandpiper  70  2064 
Bobolink  71  2045 
Wild Turkey  72  2040 
Turkey Vulture  73  2017 
Willet  74  1996 
Red-breasted Nuthatch  75  1957 
Short-billed Dowitcher  76  1955 
Purple Martin  77  1941 
Common Goldeneye  78  1933 
Brown-headed Cowbird  79  1932 
Least Tern  80  1897 
 Jan  Feb  Mar  Apr  May  Jun  Jul  Aug  Sep  Oct  Nov  Dec
Merlin  81  1874 
Field Sparrow  82  1870 
Dark-eyed Junco  83  1843 
Piping Plover  84  1835 
Hooded Merganser  85  1820 
Baltimore Oriole  86  1816 
Saltmarsh Sparrow  87  1788 
White-rumped Sandpiper  88  1779 
Eastern Phoebe  89  1776 
Swamp Sparrow  90  1761 
American Wigeon  91  1751 
American Redstart  92  1690 
Bald Eagle  93  1640 
Cooper's Hawk  94  1555 
Bonaparte's Gull  95  1547 
Surf Scoter  96  1524 
Black-crowned Night-Heron  97  1518 
Horned Lark  98  1433 
Snowy Owl  99  1409 
Hermit Thrush  100  1408 
 Jan  Feb  Mar  Apr  May  Jun  Jul  Aug  Sep  Oct  Nov  Dec
Spotted Sandpiper  101  1405 
Red-eyed Vireo  102  1394 
Rough-legged Hawk  103  1384 
Willow Flycatcher  104  1374 
Red-necked Grebe  105  1352 
Golden-crowned Kinglet  106  1303 
Northern Shoveler  107  1252 
Bank Swallow  108  1184 
Blue-winged Teal  109  1179 
Ruby-crowned Kinglet  110  1171 
Snow Bunting  111  1145 
Chipping Sparrow  112  1075 
Carolina Wren  113  1027 
Brant  114  1014 
Sharp-shinned Hawk  115  956 
Glossy Ibis  116  948 
Great Crested Flycatcher  117  941 
Greater Scaup  118  920 
Black-and-white Warbler  118  920 
American Kestrel  120  914 
 Jan  Feb  Mar  Apr  May  Jun  Jul  Aug  Sep  Oct  Nov  Dec
Razorbill  121  848 
Pectoral Sandpiper  122  846 
Stilt Sandpiper  123  842 
Ruddy Turnstone  124  836 
Blackpoll Warbler  125  833 
Belted Kingfisher  126  831 
Seaside Sparrow  127  819 
Black-throated Green Warbler  128  791 
Northern Parula  129  770 
Great Cormorant  130  760 
Palm Warbler  130  760 
American Woodcock  132  752 
Laughing Gull  133  750 
Red Knot  134  746 
Northern Shrike  134  746 
Pied-billed Grebe  136  738 
Magnolia Warbler  137  718 
Long-billed Dowitcher  138  716 
Least Bittern  139  710 
Orchard Oriole  140  701 
 Jan  Feb  Mar  Apr  May  Jun  Jul  Aug  Sep  Oct  Nov  Dec
Blue-headed Vireo  141  699 
American Bittern  142  689 
Whimbrel  143  667 
Black-throated Blue Warbler  144  654 
Pine Warbler  145  649 
Virginia Rail  146  623 
Ruby-throated Hummingbird  147  615 
White-breasted Nuthatch  147  615 
American Pipit  149  608 
Common Raven  150  602 
Eastern Meadowlark  151  597 
White-crowned Sparrow  152  585 
American Golden-Plover  153  584 
Northern Waterthrush  154  582 
Brown Creeper  155  577 
Hairy Woodpecker  156  573 
Lesser Scaup  157  565 
Short-eared Owl  158  564 
Chimney Swift  159  550 
Ruddy Duck  160  524 
 Jan  Feb  Mar  Apr  May  Jun  Jul  Aug  Sep  Oct  Nov  Dec
Wilson's Warbler  161  508 
Snow Goose  162  501 
Rose-breasted Grosbeak  163  496 
Sora  164  489 
Nashville Warbler  165  479 
House Wren  166  476 
Ovenbird  167  463 
Yellow-bellied Sapsucker  168  445 
Tufted Titmouse  168  445 
American Coot  170  436 
Roseate Tern  171  434 
Chestnut-sided Warbler  172  428 
Purple Sandpiper  173  413 
Eastern Wood-Pewee  174  406 
Wood Duck  175  400 
Wilson's Snipe  176  385 
Blackburnian Warbler  177  383 
Swainson's Thrush  178  376 
Black-legged Kittiwake  179  373 
Common Merganser  180  367 
 Jan  Feb  Mar  Apr  May  Jun  Jul  Aug  Sep  Oct  Nov  Dec
Great Horned Owl  181  363 
Hudsonian Godwit  182  361 
Alder Flycatcher  183  356 
Green Heron  184  355 
Lapland Longspur  185  352 
Common Redpoll  186  347 
Baird's Sandpiper  187  346 
Canada Warbler  187  346 
Red-bellied Woodpecker  189  340 
Scarlet Tanager  189  340 
Western Sandpiper  191  339 
Least Flycatcher  192  336 
Veery  193  330 
Black-billed Cuckoo  194  326 
Blue-gray Gnatcatcher  195  320 
Ring-necked Duck  196  317 
Warbling Vireo  197  307 
Pine Siskin  198  304 
Eastern Whip-poor-will  199  297 
Prairie Warbler  200  290 
 Jan  Feb  Mar  Apr  May  Jun  Jul  Aug  Sep  Oct  Nov  Dec
Eurasian Wigeon  201  279 
Forster's Tern  202  276 
Yellow-billed Cuckoo  203  270 
Yellow-crowned Night-Heron  203  270 
Bay-breasted Warbler  205  266 
Fox Sparrow  206  251 
Philadelphia Vireo  207  234 
Wilson's Phalarope  208  230 
Solitary Sandpiper  209  221 
Lincoln's Sparrow  210  220 
Tricolored Heron  211  214 
Northern Rough-winged Swallow  212  208 
Cape May Warbler  213  204 
Winter Wren  214  202 
Buff-breasted Sandpiper  215  199 
Clay-colored Sparrow  216  197 
Lesser Black-backed Gull  217  194 
Little Blue Heron  218  193 
Yellow-bellied Flycatcher  219  168 
Wood Thrush  220  166 
 Jan  Feb  Mar  Apr  May  Jun  Jul  Aug  Sep  Oct  Nov  Dec
American Avocet  221  162 
Barred Owl  221  162 
Caspian Tern  223  158 
Redhead  224  153 
Fish Crow  224  153 
Red Crossbill  226  151 
Cliff Swallow  227  147 
Mourning Warbler  228  144 
Wilson's Storm-Petrel  229  139 
White-winged Crossbill  229  139 
Tennessee Warbler  231  137 
Indigo Bunting  231  137 
King Rail  233  134 
Black Tern  234  129 
Iceland Gull  235  127 
Black Guillemot  236  125 
Little Gull  237  124 
Dickcissel  238  122 
Common Gallinule  239  118 
Nelson's Sparrow  240  113 
 Jan  Feb  Mar  Apr  May  Jun  Jul  Aug  Sep  Oct  Nov  Dec
Blue-winged Warbler  241  103 
King Eider  242  98/11 
Orange-crowned Warbler  242  98/19 
Yellow-throated Vireo  244  97/17 
Clapper Rail  245  96/12 
Marbled Godwit  245  96/18 
White-eyed Vireo  245  96/18 
Rusty Blackbird  248  89/18 
Common Nighthawk  249  84/19 
Yellow-breasted Chat  249  84/15 
Olive-sided Flycatcher  251  77/19 
Black Skimmer  252  76/12 
Western Grebe  253  70/6 
Ring-necked Pheasant  254  68/12 
Manx Shearwater  255  65/18 
Lark Sparrow  255  65/17 
Red-shouldered Hawk  257  63/15 
Connecticut Warbler  257  63/21 
Harlequin Duck  259  56/10 
Parasitic Jaeger  260  54/17 
 Jan  Feb  Mar  Apr  May  Jun  Jul  Aug  Sep  Oct  Nov  Dec
Great Shearwater  261  53/13 
Hooded Warbler  261  53/17 
Vesper Sparrow  263  49/16 
American Oystercatcher  264  48/17 
Glaucous Gull  264  48/14 
Eastern Bluebird  266  46/17 
Gull-billed Tern  267  44/8 
Northern Goshawk  267  44/17 
Summer Tanager  267  44/13 
Northern Saw-whet Owl  270  43/14 
Cory's Shearwater  271  42/11 
Gray-cheeked Thrush  271  42/17 
Dovekie  273  41/13 
Broad-winged Hawk  273  41/16 
Western Kingbird  275  40/10 
Thick-billed Murre  276  39/17 
Black-headed Gull  276  39/12 
Royal Tern  278  37/12 
Barrow's Goldeneye  279  35/7 
Long-eared Owl  280  32/14 
 Jan  Feb  Mar  Apr  May  Jun  Jul  Aug  Sep  Oct  Nov  Dec
Arctic Tern  281  31/12 
Worm-eating Warbler  282  29/12 
Red-necked Phalarope  283  28/11 
Red Phalarope  283  28/8 
Cattle Egret  285  27/9 
Greater White-fronted Goose  286  26/2 
Scissor-tailed Flycatcher  287  25/2 
Curlew Sandpiper  288  24/5 
Grasshopper Sparrow  288  24/8 
White-faced Ibis  290  22/7 
Canvasback  291  21/8 
Kentucky Warbler  291  21/10 
Sooty Shearwater  293  20/12 
Black Rail  294  18/1 
Upland Sandpiper  294  18/9 
Ruff  296  17/9 
Pine Grosbeak  296  17/5 
Prothonotary Warbler  296  17/10 
Common Murre  299  16/9 
Hoary Redpoll  299  16/7 
 Jan  Feb  Mar  Apr  May  Jun  Jul  Aug  Sep  Oct  Nov  Dec
Pacific Loon  301  15/6 
Ross's Goose  302  14/4 
Bohemian Waxwing  302  14/8 
Evening Grosbeak  302  14/5 
Ash-throated Flycatcher  305  13/3 
Blue Grosbeak  305  13/5 
Eastern Screech-Owl  307  12/8 
Acadian Flycatcher  307  12/10 
Green-tailed Towhee  307  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 
Red-headed Woodpecker  321  7/4 
Gyrfalcon  321  7/5 
Swainson's Warbler  321  7/1 
Cerulean Warbler  321  7/5 
Sandhill Crane  326  6/6 
Wilson's Plover  326  6/3 
Red-necked Stint  326  6/2 
Atlantic Puffin  326  6/4 
Sandwich Tern  326  6/2 
Northern Fulmar  326  6/4 
Golden Eagle  326  6/5 
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 
Long-tailed Jaeger  343  2/2 
Sabine's Gull  343  2/2 
Little Egret  343  2/2 
Western Meadowlark  343  2/1 
Black-bellied Whistling-Duck  350 
Northern Lapwing  350 
Elegant Tern  350 
Neotropic Cormorant  350 
White Ibis  350 
Mississippi Kite  350 
Swainson's Hawk  350 
Pileated Woodpecker  350 
Prairie Falcon  350 
Monk Parakeet  350 
Fork-tailed Flycatcher  350 
 Jan  Feb  Mar  Apr  May  Jun  Jul  Aug  Sep  Oct  Nov  Dec
Yellow-green Vireo  350 
Townsend's Solitaire  350 
Bicknell's Thrush  350 
Sage Thrasher  350 
Chestnut-collared Longspur  350 
Black-throated Gray Warbler  350 

Total reports are 795,174. Total sightings are 375,247.

January 19, 2022, Tom Wetmore