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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 21, 2018

 Species n N  Jan  Feb  Mar  Apr  May  Jun  Jul  Aug  Sep  Oct  Nov  Dec
Herring Gull  1  4576 
Canada Goose  2  4560 
American Robin  3  4497 
American Crow  4  4430 
American Black Duck  5  4411 
Mallard  6  4362 
Great Black-backed Gull  7  4225 
Black-capped Chickadee  8  4205 
Song Sparrow  9  4180 
Northern Mockingbird  10  4095 
European Starling  11  3847 
Northern Harrier  12  3755 
Northern Cardinal  13  3732 
Blue Jay  14  3677 
Gadwall  15  3673 
Mourning Dove  15  3673 
Ring-billed Gull  17  3433 
American Goldfinch  18  3346 
Double-crested Cormorant  19  3254 
Green-winged Teal  20  3187 
 Jan  Feb  Mar  Apr  May  Jun  Jul  Aug  Sep  Oct  Nov  Dec
Greater Yellowlegs  21  3078 
Common Loon  22  3059 
Great Egret  23  3014 
House Sparrow  24  2926 
Great Blue Heron  25  2888 
Gray Catbird  26  2782 
Rock Pigeon  27  2706 
Mute Swan  28  2629 
Common Eider  29  2622 
Downy Woodpecker  30  2598 
White-winged Scoter  31  2592 
Eastern Towhee  32  2590 
Red-winged Blackbird  33  2561 
Snowy Egret  34  2533 
Tree Swallow  35  2496 
Black-bellied Plover  36  2392 
Red-breasted Merganser  37  2359 
Common Grackle  38  2315 
Killdeer  39  2303 
Cedar Waxwing  40  2301 
 Jan  Feb  Mar  Apr  May  Jun  Jul  Aug  Sep  Oct  Nov  Dec
Osprey  41  2297 
Northern Pintail  42  2212 
Savannah Sparrow  43  2181 
Brown Thrasher  44  2176 
House Finch  45  2157 
White-throated Sparrow  46  2121 
Long-tailed Duck  47  1980 
Semipalmated Plover  48  1972 
Semipalmated Sandpiper  49  1965 
Sanderling  50  1950 
Dunlin  51  1938 
Purple Finch  52  1932 
Bufflehead  53  1927 
Marsh Wren  54  1877 
Common Yellowthroat  55  1870 
Lesser Yellowlegs  56  1858 
American Tree Sparrow  57  1828 
Peregrine Falcon  58  1820 
Black Scoter  58  1820 
Red-tailed Hawk  60  1818 
 Jan  Feb  Mar  Apr  May  Jun  Jul  Aug  Sep  Oct  Nov  Dec
Barn Swallow  61  1781 
Red-throated Loon  62  1777 
Eastern Kingbird  63  1768 
Northern Gannet  64  1727 
Yellow Warbler  65  1707 
Yellow-rumped Warbler  66  1696 
Common Tern  67  1684 
Horned Grebe  68  1637 
Least Sandpiper  69  1605 
Bobolink  70  1580 
Northern Flicker  71  1549 
Willet  72  1547 
Merlin  73  1526 
Turkey Vulture  74  1517 
Short-billed Dowitcher  75  1501 
Brown-headed Cowbird  76  1492 
Purple Martin  77  1478 
Least Tern  78  1456 
Hooded Merganser  79  1453 
American Wigeon  80  1432 
 Jan  Feb  Mar  Apr  May  Jun  Jul  Aug  Sep  Oct  Nov  Dec
Dark-eyed Junco  81  1427 
Common Goldeneye  82  1414 
Field Sparrow  83  1406 
Wild Turkey  84  1399 
Baltimore Oriole  85  1391 
White-rumped Sandpiper  86  1389 
Bonaparte's Gull  87  1373 
Red-breasted Nuthatch  88  1372 
Eastern Phoebe  89  1369 
Piping Plover  90  1353 
Saltmarsh Sparrow  91  1338 
American Redstart  92  1275 
Black-crowned Night-Heron  93  1187 
Horned Lark  94  1181 
Swamp Sparrow  95  1172 
Red-necked Grebe  96  1145 
Bald Eagle  97  1125 
Rough-legged Hawk  98  1115 
Surf Scoter  99  1109 
Cooper's Hawk  100  1101 
 Jan  Feb  Mar  Apr  May  Jun  Jul  Aug  Sep  Oct  Nov  Dec
Snowy Owl  101  1056 
Willow Flycatcher  102  1046 
Golden-crowned Kinglet  103  1033 
Spotted Sandpiper  104  1029 
Blue-winged Teal  105  1027 
Northern Shoveler  106  1005 
Hermit Thrush  107  979 
Red-eyed Vireo  108  966 
Ruby-crowned Kinglet  109  934 
Bank Swallow  110  930 
Snow Bunting  111  919 
Sharp-shinned Hawk  112  825 
Glossy Ibis  113  810 
Chipping Sparrow  114  805 
Brant  115  783 
American Kestrel  116  770 
Black-and-white Warbler  117  749 
Greater Scaup  118  745 
Stilt Sandpiper  119  665 
Blackpoll Warbler  119  665 
 Jan  Feb  Mar  Apr  May  Jun  Jul  Aug  Sep  Oct  Nov  Dec
Pectoral Sandpiper  121  662 
Northern Shrike  122  644 
Great Cormorant  123  639 
Belted Kingfisher  124  637 
Black-throated Green Warbler  125  636 
American Woodcock  126  630 
Seaside Sparrow  126  630 
Razorbill  128  628 
Ruddy Turnstone  129  622 
Northern Parula  130  610 
American Bittern  131  607 
Palm Warbler  132  604 
Pied-billed Grebe  133  602 
Great Crested Flycatcher  134  599 
Laughing Gull  135  597 
Red Knot  136  595 
Magnolia Warbler  137  588 
Eastern Meadowlark  138  577 
Whimbrel  139  554 
Blue-headed Vireo  139  554 
 Jan  Feb  Mar  Apr  May  Jun  Jul  Aug  Sep  Oct  Nov  Dec
Virginia Rail  141  548 
Black-throated Blue Warbler  142  538 
Carolina Wren  143  530 
Lesser Scaup  144  505 
American Pipit  145  500 
Snow Goose  146  492 
White-breasted Nuthatch  147  489 
Ruby-throated Hummingbird  148  484 
Long-billed Dowitcher  149  477 
Brown Creeper  150  475 
Ruddy Duck  151  474 
Least Bittern  152  473 
American Golden-Plover  153  469 
Short-eared Owl  154  466 
Northern Waterthrush  155  459 
Sora  156  449 
White-crowned Sparrow  157  447 
Chimney Swift  158  438 
Orchard Oriole  159  425 
Wilson's Warbler  160  424 
 Jan  Feb  Mar  Apr  May  Jun  Jul  Aug  Sep  Oct  Nov  Dec
Pine Warbler  161  398 
Nashville Warbler  162  397 
Rose-breasted Grosbeak  163  383 
House Wren  164  379 
Ovenbird  165  360 
Black-legged Kittiwake  166  359 
Wilson's Snipe  167  353 
Tufted Titmouse  168  350 
Hairy Woodpecker  169  342 
Chestnut-sided Warbler  170  340 
Roseate Tern  171  331 
Lapland Longspur  172  326 
Purple Sandpiper  173  316 
Common Merganser  174  315 
Wood Duck  175  308 
American Coot  176  303 
Blackburnian Warbler  177  301 
Eastern Wood-Pewee  178  295 
Green Heron  179  291 
Canada Warbler  180  289 
 Jan  Feb  Mar  Apr  May  Jun  Jul  Aug  Sep  Oct  Nov  Dec
Great Horned Owl  181  284 
Baird's Sandpiper  182  281 
Black-billed Cuckoo  183  278 
Scarlet Tanager  184  276 
Hudsonian Godwit  185  274 
Swainson's Thrush  186  272 
Yellow-bellied Sapsucker  187  271 
Common Raven  188  261 
Ring-necked Duck  189  259 
Eurasian Wigeon  190  257 
Western Sandpiper  191  256 
Least Flycatcher  191  256 
Forster's Tern  193  254 
Common Redpoll  194  253 
Veery  195  248 
Blue-gray Gnatcatcher  196  246 
Warbling Vireo  197  243 
Alder Flycatcher  198  238 
Eastern Whip-poor-will  199  232 
Prairie Warbler  200  227 
 Jan  Feb  Mar  Apr  May  Jun  Jul  Aug  Sep  Oct  Nov  Dec
Pine Siskin  201  225 
Yellow-billed Cuckoo  202  213 
Red-bellied Woodpecker  202  213 
Wilson's Phalarope  204  202 
Tricolored Heron  205  179 
Bay-breasted Warbler  205  179 
Fox Sparrow  207  176 
Philadelphia Vireo  208  175 
Solitary Sandpiper  209  172 
Winter Wren  210  170 
Buff-breasted Sandpiper  211  169 
Lincoln's Sparrow  211  169 
Northern Rough-winged Swallow  213  163 
Clay-colored Sparrow  214  160 
Little Blue Heron  215  156 
Yellow-crowned Night-Heron  216  154 
Redhead  217  151 
Wood Thrush  218  146 
Yellow-bellied Flycatcher  219  138 
Barred Owl  220  133 
 Jan  Feb  Mar  Apr  May  Jun  Jul  Aug  Sep  Oct  Nov  Dec
White-winged Crossbill  221  131 
Cape May Warbler  222  129 
Cliff Swallow  223  128 
Lesser Black-backed Gull  224  123 
Little Gull  225  120 
American Avocet  226  117 
King Rail  227  116 
Caspian Tern  228  115 
Mourning Warbler  229  114 
Indigo Bunting  229  114 
Iceland Gull  231  112 
Common Gallinule  232  109 
Black Tern  233  104 
Wilson's Storm-Petrel  234  91/15 
Tennessee Warbler  234  91/15 
Clapper Rail  236  88/9 
Black Guillemot  237  86/14 
Fish Crow  238  85/14 
Blue-winged Warbler  238  85/15 
Red Crossbill  240  83/8 
 Jan  Feb  Mar  Apr  May  Jun  Jul  Aug  Sep  Oct  Nov  Dec
Orange-crowned Warbler  241  82/15 
Dickcissel  242  81/14 
Marbled Godwit  243  80/15 
White-eyed Vireo  244  78/14 
Western Grebe  245  70/6 
Common Nighthawk  246  69/15 
Nelson's Sparrow  246  69/15 
Yellow-breasted Chat  248  67/12 
Rusty Blackbird  248  67/15 
Ring-necked Pheasant  250  60/10 
Olive-sided Flycatcher  251  58/15 
Manx Shearwater  252  57/15 
Connecticut Warbler  253  54/17 
Black Skimmer  254  53/8 
Lark Sparrow  255  50/13 
Hooded Warbler  256  49/15 
Yellow-throated Vireo  257  48/14 
Parasitic Jaeger  258  45/13 
Great Shearwater  258  45/11 
Northern Goshawk  260  44/17 
 Jan  Feb  Mar  Apr  May  Jun  Jul  Aug  Sep  Oct  Nov  Dec
Red-shouldered Hawk  260  44/11 
Glaucous Gull  262  42/11 
Vesper Sparrow  263  40/13 
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 
Cory's Shearwater  268  34/9 
Barrow's Goldeneye  270  33/6 
Northern Saw-whet Owl  271  31/12 
Gray-cheeked Thrush  271  31/13 
American Oystercatcher  273  30/13 
Dovekie  274  28/12 
Arctic Tern  274  28/10 
Long-eared Owl  276  27/11 
Worm-eating Warbler  276  27/11 
Thick-billed Murre  278  26/13 
Red-necked Phalarope  279  25/9 
Royal Tern  279  25/8 
 Jan  Feb  Mar  Apr  May  Jun  Jul  Aug  Sep  Oct  Nov  Dec
Scissor-tailed Flycatcher  279  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 
White-faced Ibis  288  19/6 
Kentucky Warbler  288  19/8 
Grasshopper Sparrow  288  19/7 
Canvasback  291  18/6 
Black Rail  291  18/1 
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 
Louisiana Waterthrush  313  8/8 
Yellow-throated Warbler  313  8/4 
Red-headed Woodpecker  317  7/4 
Gyrfalcon  317  7/5 
Golden-winged Warbler  317  7/4 
Swainson's Warbler  317  7/1 
 Jan  Feb  Mar  Apr  May  Jun  Jul  Aug  Sep  Oct  Nov  Dec
Cerulean Warbler  317  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 
Brown Pelican  324  5/1 
Say's Phoebe  324  5/3 
Sandhill Crane  331  4/4 
Common Ringed Plover  331  4/1 
Golden Eagle  331  4/3 
Evening Grosbeak  331  4/3 
Loggerhead Shrike  335  3/1 
Western Tanager  335  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 
Western Meadowlark  337  2/1 
Yellow-headed Blackbird  337  2/2 
Black-bellied Whistling-Duck  348 
Northern Lapwing  348 
Wilson's Plover  348 
Elegant Tern  348 
Little Egret  348 
White Ibis  348 
Mississippi Kite  348 
Swainson's Hawk  348 
Pileated Woodpecker  348 
Prairie Falcon  348 
Fork-tailed Flycatcher  348 
Yellow-green Vireo  348 
Townsend's Solitaire  348 
 Jan  Feb  Mar  Apr  May  Jun  Jul  Aug  Sep  Oct  Nov  Dec
Bicknell's Thrush  348 
Sage Thrasher  348 
Chestnut-collared Longspur  348 

Total reports are 597,511. Total sightings are 288,678.

January 21, 2018, Tom Wetmore