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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 18, 2021

 Species n N  Jan  Feb  Mar  Apr  May  Jun  Jul  Aug  Sep  Oct  Nov  Dec
Herring Gull  1  5694 
Canada Goose  2  5652 
American Robin  3  5586 
American Black Duck  4  5482 
Mallard  5  5445 
American Crow  6  5327 
Black-capped Chickadee  7  5291 
Great Black-backed Gull  8  5257 
Song Sparrow  9  5206 
Northern Mockingbird  10  5089 
European Starling  11  4739 
Northern Cardinal  12  4725 
Blue Jay  13  4628 
Mourning Dove  14  4580 
Northern Harrier  15  4549 
Gadwall  16  4447 
American Goldfinch  17  4228 
Ring-billed Gull  18  4198 
Double-crested Cormorant  19  3987 
Green-winged Teal  20  3898 
 Jan  Feb  Mar  Apr  May  Jun  Jul  Aug  Sep  Oct  Nov  Dec
Common Loon  21  3784 
Great Egret  22  3736 
Greater Yellowlegs  23  3730 
House Sparrow  24  3729 
Gray Catbird  25  3499 
Great Blue Heron  26  3489 
Rock Pigeon  27  3444 
Common Eider  28  3418 
Downy Woodpecker  29  3344 
White-winged Scoter  30  3294 
Red-winged Blackbird  31  3256 
Mute Swan  32  3240 
Eastern Towhee  33  3169 
Tree Swallow  34  3071 
Snowy Egret  35  3046 
Red-breasted Merganser  36  2982 
Killdeer  37  2920 
Black-bellied Plover  38  2906 
Common Grackle  39  2902 
House Finch  40  2896 
 Jan  Feb  Mar  Apr  May  Jun  Jul  Aug  Sep  Oct  Nov  Dec
Osprey  41  2875 
Cedar Waxwing  42  2834 
Northern Pintail  43  2682 
White-throated Sparrow  44  2644 
Brown Thrasher  45  2607 
Savannah Sparrow  46  2588 
Long-tailed Duck  47  2572 
Sanderling  48  2475 
Bufflehead  49  2464 
Black Scoter  50  2451 
Dunlin  51  2424 
Semipalmated Plover  52  2419 
Semipalmated Sandpiper  53  2406 
Purple Finch  54  2394 
Common Yellowthroat  55  2322 
Marsh Wren  56  2320 
Red-tailed Hawk  57  2298 
Peregrine Falcon  58  2290 
American Tree Sparrow  59  2253 
Lesser Yellowlegs  60  2251 
 Jan  Feb  Mar  Apr  May  Jun  Jul  Aug  Sep  Oct  Nov  Dec
Barn Swallow  61  2202 
Yellow-rumped Warbler  62  2193 
Eastern Kingbird  63  2162 
Red-throated Loon  64  2136 
Yellow Warbler  65  2072 
Northern Gannet  66  2043 
Horned Grebe  67  2033 
Common Tern  68  2016 
Northern Flicker  69  1972 
Least Sandpiper  70  1944 
Wild Turkey  71  1942 
Turkey Vulture  72  1936 
Bobolink  73  1929 
Red-breasted Nuthatch  74  1899 
Willet  75  1894 
Common Goldeneye  76  1881 
Brown-headed Cowbird  77  1866 
Purple Martin  78  1850 
Short-billed Dowitcher  79  1831 
Merlin  80  1817 
 Jan  Feb  Mar  Apr  May  Jun  Jul  Aug  Sep  Oct  Nov  Dec
Least Tern  81  1791 
Field Sparrow  82  1784 
Dark-eyed Junco  83  1769 
Piping Plover  84  1746 
Hooded Merganser  85  1743 
Baltimore Oriole  86  1719 
Eastern Phoebe  87  1704 
American Wigeon  88  1671 
White-rumped Sandpiper  88  1671 
Saltmarsh Sparrow  90  1653 
Swamp Sparrow  91  1618 
American Redstart  92  1586 
Bald Eagle  93  1553 
Bonaparte's Gull  94  1505 
Cooper's Hawk  95  1460 
Surf Scoter  96  1448 
Black-crowned Night-Heron  97  1434 
Horned Lark  98  1385 
Snowy Owl  99  1369 
Rough-legged Hawk  100  1362 
 Jan  Feb  Mar  Apr  May  Jun  Jul  Aug  Sep  Oct  Nov  Dec
Hermit Thrush  101  1351 
Red-necked Grebe  102  1322 
Spotted Sandpiper  103  1307 
Willow Flycatcher  104  1294 
Red-eyed Vireo  105  1267 
Golden-crowned Kinglet  106  1256 
Northern Shoveler  107  1194 
Ruby-crowned Kinglet  108  1136 
Bank Swallow  109  1116 
Blue-winged Teal  110  1113 
Snow Bunting  111  1095 
Chipping Sparrow  112  1026 
Brant  113  1007 
Sharp-shinned Hawk  114  942 
Glossy Ibis  115  928 
American Kestrel  116  908 
Carolina Wren  117  900 
Greater Scaup  118  890 
Black-and-white Warbler  119  887 
Great Crested Flycatcher  120  846 
 Jan  Feb  Mar  Apr  May  Jun  Jul  Aug  Sep  Oct  Nov  Dec
Pectoral Sandpiper  121  802 
Razorbill  122  797 
Belted Kingfisher  123  795 
Blackpoll Warbler  124  791 
Stilt Sandpiper  125  772 
Ruddy Turnstone  125  772 
Black-throated Green Warbler  127  762 
Seaside Sparrow  128  758 
Great Cormorant  129  745 
American Woodcock  130  743 
Palm Warbler  131  739 
Northern Shrike  132  734 
Northern Parula  132  734 
Laughing Gull  134  713 
Red Knot  135  710 
Pied-billed Grebe  136  707 
Magnolia Warbler  137  690 
Blue-headed Vireo  138  673 
American Bittern  139  657 
Long-billed Dowitcher  140  656 
 Jan  Feb  Mar  Apr  May  Jun  Jul  Aug  Sep  Oct  Nov  Dec
Black-throated Blue Warbler  141  642 
Whimbrel  142  641 
Orchard Oriole  143  638 
Least Bittern  144  606 
White-breasted Nuthatch  145  605 
Eastern Meadowlark  146  596 
Virginia Rail  147  591 
Ruby-throated Hummingbird  148  590 
Pine Warbler  149  587 
American Pipit  150  578 
Hairy Woodpecker  151  568 
Northern Waterthrush  152  566 
White-crowned Sparrow  153  562 
Short-eared Owl  154  559 
American Golden-Plover  155  557 
Lesser Scaup  156  555 
Brown Creeper  157  554 
Common Raven  158  551 
Chimney Swift  159  523 
Ruddy Duck  160  515 
 Jan  Feb  Mar  Apr  May  Jun  Jul  Aug  Sep  Oct  Nov  Dec
Wilson's Warbler  161  492 
Sora  162  484 
Snow Goose  163  481 
Rose-breasted Grosbeak  164  472 
Nashville Warbler  165  471 
Ovenbird  166  447 
House Wren  167  444 
Tufted Titmouse  168  437 
Chestnut-sided Warbler  169  413 
Roseate Tern  170  412 
Purple Sandpiper  171  405 
Wood Duck  172  386 
Wilson's Snipe  173  384 
American Coot  174  376 
Eastern Wood-Pewee  175  375 
Black-legged Kittiwake  176  368 
Blackburnian Warbler  176  368 
Yellow-bellied Sapsucker  178  366 
Common Merganser  179  361 
Swainson's Thrush  180  357 
 Jan  Feb  Mar  Apr  May  Jun  Jul  Aug  Sep  Oct  Nov  Dec
Lapland Longspur  181  350 
Green Heron  182  349 
Common Redpoll  183  347 
Great Horned Owl  184  346 
Hudsonian Godwit  185  340 
Alder Flycatcher  185  340 
Baird's Sandpiper  187  335 
Canada Warbler  188  334 
Scarlet Tanager  189  331 
Western Sandpiper  190  324 
Black-billed Cuckoo  191  322 
Least Flycatcher  192  319 
Veery  193  318 
Blue-gray Gnatcatcher  194  317 
Ring-necked Duck  195  315 
Pine Siskin  196  303 
Red-bellied Woodpecker  197  300 
Warbling Vireo  198  292 
Eastern Whip-poor-will  199  288 
Prairie Warbler  200  281 
 Jan  Feb  Mar  Apr  May  Jun  Jul  Aug  Sep  Oct  Nov  Dec
Eurasian Wigeon  201  276 
Forster's Tern  202  271 
Yellow-billed Cuckoo  203  259 
Bay-breasted Warbler  204  251 
Yellow-crowned Night-Heron  205  240 
Wilson's Phalarope  206  228 
Philadelphia Vireo  207  219 
Fox Sparrow  208  216 
Lincoln's Sparrow  209  215 
Tricolored Heron  210  214 
Northern Rough-winged Swallow  211  203 
Solitary Sandpiper  212  202 
Winter Wren  213  197 
Buff-breasted Sandpiper  214  196 
Cape May Warbler  215  194 
Clay-colored Sparrow  216  190 
Little Blue Heron  217  182 
Lesser Black-backed Gull  218  174 
Wood Thrush  219  164 
Barred Owl  220  162 
 Jan  Feb  Mar  Apr  May  Jun  Jul  Aug  Sep  Oct  Nov  Dec
Yellow-bellied Flycatcher  220  162 
American Avocet  222  157 
Redhead  223  152 
Red Crossbill  224  151 
Caspian Tern  225  147 
Fish Crow  226  146 
Cliff Swallow  227  145 
White-winged Crossbill  228  139 
Mourning Warbler  229  138 
Indigo Bunting  230  135 
Tennessee Warbler  231  133 
Iceland Gull  232  126 
Little Gull  233  123 
Black Tern  233  123 
Common Gallinule  235  118 
King Rail  236  116 
Wilson's Storm-Petrel  237  114 
Dickcissel  238  105 
Blue-winged Warbler  239  101 
Nelson's Sparrow  240  100 
 Jan  Feb  Mar  Apr  May  Jun  Jul  Aug  Sep  Oct  Nov  Dec
Marbled Godwit  241  96/18 
Orange-crowned Warbler  242  95/19 
King Eider  243  94/11 
Black Guillemot  243  94/16 
White-eyed Vireo  243  94/18 
Clapper Rail  246  92/11 
Yellow-breasted Chat  247  84/15 
Rusty Blackbird  247  84/17 
Common Nighthawk  249  79/18 
Olive-sided Flycatcher  250  72/18 
Black Skimmer  251  71/11 
Western Grebe  252  70/6 
Manx Shearwater  253  65/18 
Red-shouldered Hawk  254  62/15 
Lark Sparrow  255  61/16 
Ring-necked Pheasant  256  60/10 
Connecticut Warbler  256  60/20 
Yellow-throated Vireo  258  59/17 
Great Shearwater  259  53/13 
Parasitic Jaeger  260  52/16 
 Jan  Feb  Mar  Apr  May  Jun  Jul  Aug  Sep  Oct  Nov  Dec
Hooded Warbler  260  52/17 
Harlequin Duck  262  51/10 
Vesper Sparrow  263  50/17 
Glaucous Gull  264  48/14 
American Oystercatcher  265  45/17 
Gull-billed Tern  266  44/8 
Northern Goshawk  266  44/17 
Eastern Bluebird  266  44/17 
Summer Tanager  266  44/13 
Northern Saw-whet Owl  270  43/14 
Cory's Shearwater  271  42/11 
Dovekie  272  41/13 
Broad-winged Hawk  272  41/16 
Gray-cheeked Thrush  274  40/16 
Black-headed Gull  275  38/11 
Thick-billed Murre  276  37/16 
Royal Tern  277  36/11 
Barrow's Goldeneye  278  35/7 
Long-eared Owl  279  31/13 
Arctic Tern  280  29/11 
 Jan  Feb  Mar  Apr  May  Jun  Jul  Aug  Sep  Oct  Nov  Dec
Worm-eating Warbler  280  29/12 
Western Kingbird  282  27/9 
Greater White-fronted Goose  283  26/2 
Red-necked Phalarope  283  26/10 
Cattle Egret  283  26/9 
Scissor-tailed Flycatcher  286  25/2 
Curlew Sandpiper  287  24/5 
Red Phalarope  287  24/7 
Grasshopper Sparrow  287  24/8 
White-faced Ibis  290  22/7 
Canvasback  291  21/8 
Kentucky Warbler  291  21/10 
Sooty Shearwater  293  19/11 
Black Rail  294  18/1 
Upland Sandpiper  295  17/8 
Ruff  295  17/9 
Pine Grosbeak  295  17/5 
Common Murre  298  16/9 
Hoary Redpoll  298  16/7 
Pacific Loon  300  15/6 
 Jan  Feb  Mar  Apr  May  Jun  Jul  Aug  Sep  Oct  Nov  Dec
Prothonotary Warbler  300  15/9 
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 
Cackling Goose  317  8/3 
American White Pelican  317  8/7 
Louisiana Waterthrush  317  8/8 
Golden-winged Warbler  317  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 
Pacific Golden-Plover  332  5/1 
Franklin's Gull  332  5/4 
Brown Pelican  332  5/1 
Golden Eagle  332  5/4 
Say's Phoebe  332  5/3 
Yellow-headed Blackbird  332  5/4 
Northern Wheatear  338  4/2 
Chuck-will's-widow  339  3/3 
Loggerhead Shrike  339  3/1 
 Jan  Feb  Mar  Apr  May  Jun  Jul  Aug  Sep  Oct  Nov  Dec
Sedge Wren  339  3/3 
Western Tanager  339  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 746,058. Total sightings are 357,907.

May 18, 2021, Tom Wetmore