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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 23, 2020

 Species n N  Jan  Feb  Mar  Apr  May  Jun  Jul  Aug  Sep  Oct  Nov  Dec
Herring Gull  1  5252 
Canada Goose  2  5218 
American Robin  3  5157 
American Black Duck  4  5060 
Mallard  5  5015 
American Crow  6  4987 
Black-capped Chickadee  7  4862 
Great Black-backed Gull  8  4842 
Song Sparrow  9  4782 
Northern Mockingbird  10  4675 
European Starling  11  4398 
Northern Cardinal  12  4324 
Blue Jay  13  4259 
Northern Harrier  14  4217 
Mourning Dove  15  4215 
Gadwall  16  4132 
Ring-billed Gull  17  3896 
American Goldfinch  18  3891 
Double-crested Cormorant  19  3712 
Green-winged Teal  20  3608 
 Jan  Feb  Mar  Apr  May  Jun  Jul  Aug  Sep  Oct  Nov  Dec
Common Loon  21  3502 
Greater Yellowlegs  22  3500 
Great Egret  23  3450 
House Sparrow  24  3416 
Great Blue Heron  25  3256 
Gray Catbird  26  3201 
Rock Pigeon  27  3159 
Common Eider  28  3078 
Downy Woodpecker  29  3020 
Eastern Towhee  30  2970 
White-winged Scoter  31  2969 
Mute Swan  32  2966 
Red-winged Blackbird  33  2965 
Snowy Egret  34  2874 
Tree Swallow  35  2871 
Black-bellied Plover  36  2735 
Red-breasted Merganser  37  2698 
Killdeer  38  2665 
Common Grackle  39  2664 
Osprey  40  2659 
 Jan  Feb  Mar  Apr  May  Jun  Jul  Aug  Sep  Oct  Nov  Dec
Cedar Waxwing  41  2640 
House Finch  42  2591 
Northern Pintail  43  2454 
Brown Thrasher  44  2452 
Savannah Sparrow  45  2449 
White-throated Sparrow  46  2405 
Long-tailed Duck  47  2302 
Semipalmated Plover  48  2274 
Semipalmated Sandpiper  49  2272 
Sanderling  50  2253 
Purple Finch  51  2224 
Bufflehead  52  2221 
Dunlin  53  2219 
Black Scoter  54  2190 
Marsh Wren  55  2161 
Common Yellowthroat  55  2161 
Red-tailed Hawk  57  2142 
Peregrine Falcon  58  2101 
Lesser Yellowlegs  59  2099 
American Tree Sparrow  60  2071 
 Jan  Feb  Mar  Apr  May  Jun  Jul  Aug  Sep  Oct  Nov  Dec
Barn Swallow  61  2043 
Eastern Kingbird  62  2028 
Yellow-rumped Warbler  63  2005 
Red-throated Loon  64  1967 
Yellow Warbler  65  1949 
Northern Gannet  66  1930 
Common Tern  67  1902 
Horned Grebe  68  1854 
Least Sandpiper  69  1826 
Bobolink  70  1816 
Northern Flicker  71  1799 
Willet  72  1772 
Turkey Vulture  73  1765 
Wild Turkey  74  1720 
Short-billed Dowitcher  75  1719 
Brown-headed Cowbird  76  1717 
Purple Martin  77  1714 
Merlin  78  1704 
Common Goldeneye  79  1691 
Least Tern  80  1680 
 Jan  Feb  Mar  Apr  May  Jun  Jul  Aug  Sep  Oct  Nov  Dec
Red-breasted Nuthatch  81  1667 
Field Sparrow  82  1637 
Dark-eyed Junco  83  1627 
Hooded Merganser  84  1613 
Baltimore Oriole  85  1607 
Piping Plover  86  1602 
American Wigeon  87  1593 
Eastern Phoebe  88  1575 
White-rumped Sandpiper  89  1563 
Saltmarsh Sparrow  90  1561 
American Redstart  91  1494 
Swamp Sparrow  92  1470 
Bonaparte's Gull  93  1454 
Black-crowned Night-Heron  94  1349 
Bald Eagle  95  1345 
Cooper's Hawk  96  1297 
Rough-legged Hawk  97  1281 
Surf Scoter  98  1279 
Horned Lark  99  1276 
Snowy Owl  100  1242 
 Jan  Feb  Mar  Apr  May  Jun  Jul  Aug  Sep  Oct  Nov  Dec
Red-necked Grebe  101  1239 
Spotted Sandpiper  102  1225 
Willow Flycatcher  103  1214 
Golden-crowned Kinglet  104  1173 
Red-eyed Vireo  105  1168 
Hermit Thrush  106  1163 
Northern Shoveler  107  1145 
Blue-winged Teal  108  1082 
Ruby-crowned Kinglet  109  1059 
Bank Swallow  110  1041 
Snow Bunting  111  1032 
Chipping Sparrow  112  939 
Brant  113  902 
Sharp-shinned Hawk  114  894 
Glossy Ibis  115  881 
American Kestrel  116  855 
Black-and-white Warbler  117  835 
Greater Scaup  118  830 
Carolina Wren  119  772 
Great Crested Flycatcher  120  768 
 Jan  Feb  Mar  Apr  May  Jun  Jul  Aug  Sep  Oct  Nov  Dec
Blackpoll Warbler  121  754 
Pectoral Sandpiper  122  751 
Stilt Sandpiper  123  740 
Seaside Sparrow  124  731 
Ruddy Turnstone  125  730 
Belted Kingfisher  126  726 
Black-throated Green Warbler  127  716 
Razorbill  128  714 
Northern Shrike  129  709 
Great Cormorant  130  684 
American Woodcock  131  683 
Northern Parula  132  681 
Palm Warbler  133  674 
Laughing Gull  134  659 
Magnolia Warbler  135  656 
Red Knot  136  654 
American Bittern  137  648 
Pied-billed Grebe  138  645 
Blue-headed Vireo  139  619 
Whimbrel  140  613 
 Jan  Feb  Mar  Apr  May  Jun  Jul  Aug  Sep  Oct  Nov  Dec
Black-throated Blue Warbler  141  606 
Eastern Meadowlark  142  589 
Long-billed Dowitcher  143  585 
Orchard Oriole  144  572 
Virginia Rail  145  568 
White-breasted Nuthatch  146  556 
American Pipit  147  553 
Lesser Scaup  148  542 
Ruby-throated Hummingbird  149  541 
Least Bittern  150  535 
Pine Warbler  151  533 
Northern Waterthrush  152  531 
American Golden-Plover  153  518 
White-crowned Sparrow  153  518 
Brown Creeper  155  516 
Short-eared Owl  156  515 
Ruddy Duck  157  513 
Hairy Woodpecker  158  489 
Chimney Swift  159  479 
Sora  160  473 
 Jan  Feb  Mar  Apr  May  Jun  Jul  Aug  Sep  Oct  Nov  Dec
Wilson's Warbler  161  469 
Snow Goose  162  463 
Nashville Warbler  163  443 
Rose-breasted Grosbeak  164  432 
Ovenbird  165  418 
Tufted Titmouse  166  412 
House Wren  167  399 
Common Raven  168  393 
Chestnut-sided Warbler  169  389 
Roseate Tern  170  387 
Purple Sandpiper  171  378 
Wilson's Snipe  172  364 
Wood Duck  173  363 
Black-legged Kittiwake  174  361 
Eastern Wood-Pewee  175  349 
American Coot  176  344 
Blackburnian Warbler  177  342 
Common Merganser  178  339 
Lapland Longspur  179  338 
Yellow-bellied Sapsucker  180  329 
 Jan  Feb  Mar  Apr  May  Jun  Jul  Aug  Sep  Oct  Nov  Dec
Canada Warbler  181  324 
Baird's Sandpiper  182  323 
Swainson's Thrush  183  322 
Black-billed Cuckoo  184  313 
Hudsonian Godwit  185  310 
Green Heron  185  310 
Ring-necked Duck  187  307 
Western Sandpiper  187  307 
Great Horned Owl  189  306 
Scarlet Tanager  190  302 
Least Flycatcher  191  293 
Blue-gray Gnatcatcher  192  287 
Alder Flycatcher  193  283 
Veery  193  283 
Common Redpoll  195  276 
Red-bellied Woodpecker  196  275 
Eurasian Wigeon  197  274 
Warbling Vireo  198  266 
Forster's Tern  199  262 
Eastern Whip-poor-will  200  261 
 Jan  Feb  Mar  Apr  May  Jun  Jul  Aug  Sep  Oct  Nov  Dec
Prairie Warbler  201  256 
Pine Siskin  202  249 
Yellow-billed Cuckoo  203  242 
Bay-breasted Warbler  204  228 
Wilson's Phalarope  205  222 
Fox Sparrow  206  208 
Yellow-crowned Night-Heron  207  201 
Philadelphia Vireo  208  200 
Tricolored Heron  209  199 
Lincoln's Sparrow  210  196 
Winter Wren  211  191 
Solitary Sandpiper  212  189 
Buff-breasted Sandpiper  213  188 
Northern Rough-winged Swallow  214  186 
Clay-colored Sparrow  215  181 
Little Blue Heron  216  170 
Cape May Warbler  217  168 
Barred Owl  218  161 
Lesser Black-backed Gull  219  160 
Yellow-bellied Flycatcher  220  156 
 Jan  Feb  Mar  Apr  May  Jun  Jul  Aug  Sep  Oct  Nov  Dec
Wood Thrush  221  153 
Redhead  222  152 
Cliff Swallow  223  140 
American Avocet  224  135 
Caspian Tern  225  134 
Mourning Warbler  226  133 
White-winged Crossbill  227  131 
Iceland Gull  228  124 
Little Gull  229  123 
Indigo Bunting  229  123 
King Rail  231  116 
Tennessee Warbler  231  116 
Black Tern  233  114 
Wilson's Storm-Petrel  233  114 
Common Gallinule  235  111 
Fish Crow  236  107 
Dickcissel  237  97/16 
Marbled Godwit  238  93/17 
Blue-winged Warbler  239  92/17 
Orange-crowned Warbler  240  91/17 
 Jan  Feb  Mar  Apr  May  Jun  Jul  Aug  Sep  Oct  Nov  Dec
Clapper Rail  241  90/10 
King Eider  242  89/9 
White-eyed Vireo  243  88/16 
Black Guillemot  244  87/15 
Nelson's Sparrow  245  86/17 
Red Crossbill  246  85/10 
Yellow-breasted Chat  247  83/14 
Rusty Blackbird  248  81/16 
Common Nighthawk  249  75/17 
Western Grebe  250  70/6 
Olive-sided Flycatcher  251  67/17 
Black Skimmer  252  66/10 
Manx Shearwater  253  64/17 
Ring-necked Pheasant  254  60/10 
Red-shouldered Hawk  255  59/13 
Connecticut Warbler  256  58/19 
Yellow-throated Vireo  257  55/15 
Lark Sparrow  257  55/15 
Hooded Warbler  259  51/16 
Parasitic Jaeger  260  49/15 
 Jan  Feb  Mar  Apr  May  Jun  Jul  Aug  Sep  Oct  Nov  Dec
Great Shearwater  261  48/12 
Glaucous Gull  262  47/13 
Vesper Sparrow  262  47/15 
Gull-billed Tern  264  44/8 
Northern Goshawk  264  44/17 
Summer Tanager  266  42/11 
American Oystercatcher  267  39/15 
Eastern Bluebird  267  39/15 
Black-headed Gull  269  38/11 
Broad-winged Hawk  269  38/14 
Dovekie  271  37/13 
Cory's Shearwater  271  37/10 
Northern Saw-whet Owl  273  36/13 
Gray-cheeked Thrush  274  35/15 
Barrow's Goldeneye  275  33/6 
Royal Tern  276  32/10 
Long-eared Owl  277  31/13 
Thick-billed Murre  278  30/15 
Worm-eating Warbler  279  29/12 
Arctic Tern  280  28/10 
 Jan  Feb  Mar  Apr  May  Jun  Jul  Aug  Sep  Oct  Nov  Dec
Western Kingbird  281  27/9 
Red-necked Phalarope  282  25/9 
Scissor-tailed Flycatcher  282  25/2 
Curlew Sandpiper  284  24/5 
Red Phalarope  284  24/7 
Cattle Egret  284  24/7 
Grasshopper Sparrow  284  24/8 
Harlequin Duck  288  23/8 
Canvasback  289  20/7 
Kentucky Warbler  289  20/9 
White-faced Ibis  291  19/6 
Black Rail  292  18/1 
Sooty Shearwater  292  18/10 
Upland Sandpiper  294  17/8 
Pine Grosbeak  294  17/5 
Ruff  296  16/8 
Common Murre  297  15/8 
Pacific Loon  297  15/6 
Prothonotary Warbler  297  15/9 
Ross's Goose  300  14/4 
 Jan  Feb  Mar  Apr  May  Jun  Jul  Aug  Sep  Oct  Nov  Dec
Ash-throated Flycatcher  301  13/3 
Bohemian Waxwing  301  13/7 
Eastern Screech-Owl  303  12/8 
Acadian Flycatcher  303  12/10 
Hoary Redpoll  303  12/6 
Green-tailed Towhee  303  12/1 
Blue Grosbeak  303  12/4 
Black-tailed Godwit  308  11/1 
Pomarine Jaeger  308  11/7 
Leach's Storm-Petrel  308  11/7 
Black-necked Stilt  311  10/2 
Cave Swallow  311  10/6 
Yellow-throated Warbler  311  10/5 
Black Vulture  314  9/7 
Cackling Goose  315  8/3 
Evening Grosbeak  315  8/4 
Louisiana Waterthrush  315  8/8 
Golden-winged Warbler  315  8/5 
Common Ringed Plover  319  7/2 
American White Pelican  319  7/6 
 Jan  Feb  Mar  Apr  May  Jun  Jul  Aug  Sep  Oct  Nov  Dec
Red-headed Woodpecker  319  7/4 
Gyrfalcon  319  7/5 
Swainson's Warbler  319  7/1 
Cerulean Warbler  319  7/5 
Red-necked Stint  325  6/2 
Atlantic Puffin  325  6/4 
Sandwich Tern  325  6/2 
Northern Fulmar  325  6/4 
Sandhill Crane  329  5/5 
Pacific Golden-Plover  329  5/1 
Wilson's Plover  329  5/2 
Franklin's Gull  329  5/4 
Brown Pelican  329  5/1 
Golden Eagle  329  5/4 
Say's Phoebe  329  5/3 
Yellow-headed Blackbird  336  4/3 
Chuck-will's-widow  337  3/3 
Loggerhead Shrike  337  3/1 
Sedge Wren  337  3/3 
Western Tanager  337  3/1 
 Jan  Feb  Mar  Apr  May  Jun  Jul  Aug  Sep  Oct  Nov  Dec
Greater White-fronted Goose  341  2/1 
Tundra Swan  341  2/1 
Eared Grebe  341  2/1 
Ringed Turtle-Dove  341  2/1 
Long-tailed Jaeger  341  2/2 
Sabine's Gull  341  2/2 
Little Egret  341  2/2 
Northern Wheatear  341  2/1 
Western Meadowlark  341  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 
Fork-tailed Flycatcher  350 
Yellow-green Vireo  350 
 Jan  Feb  Mar  Apr  May  Jun  Jul  Aug  Sep  Oct  Nov  Dec
Townsend's Solitaire  350 
Bicknell's Thrush  350 
Sage Thrasher  350 
Chestnut-collared Longspur  350 

Total reports are 678,972. Total sightings are 330,528.

January 23, 2020, Tom Wetmore