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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 September 23, 2019

 Species n N  Jan  Feb  Mar  Apr  May  Jun  Jul  Aug  Sep  Oct  Nov  Dec
Herring Gull  1  5141 
Canada Goose  2  5109 
American Robin  3  5046 
American Black Duck  4  4944 
American Crow  5  4906 
Mallard  6  4903 
Black-capped Chickadee  7  4752 
Great Black-backed Gull  8  4744 
Song Sparrow  9  4674 
Northern Mockingbird  10  4582 
European Starling  11  4317 
Northern Cardinal  12  4226 
Blue Jay  13  4164 
Mourning Dove  14  4132 
Northern Harrier  15  4109 
Gadwall  16  4078 
American Goldfinch  17  3811 
Ring-billed Gull  18  3810 
Double-crested Cormorant  19  3652 
Green-winged Teal  20  3558 
 Jan  Feb  Mar  Apr  May  Jun  Jul  Aug  Sep  Oct  Nov  Dec
Greater Yellowlegs  21  3441 
Common Loon  22  3408 
Great Egret  23  3399 
House Sparrow  24  3360 
Great Blue Heron  25  3200 
Gray Catbird  26  3130 
Rock Pigeon  27  3073 
Common Eider  28  2986 
Downy Woodpecker  29  2940 
Eastern Towhee  29  2940 
Red-winged Blackbird  31  2938 
Mute Swan  32  2920 
White-winged Scoter  33  2870 
Snowy Egret  34  2858 
Tree Swallow  35  2851 
Black-bellied Plover  36  2680 
Common Grackle  37  2657 
Killdeer  38  2656 
Osprey  39  2654 
Red-breasted Merganser  40  2628 
 Jan  Feb  Mar  Apr  May  Jun  Jul  Aug  Sep  Oct  Nov  Dec
Cedar Waxwing  41  2601 
House Finch  42  2539 
Brown Thrasher  43  2439 
Savannah Sparrow  44  2406 
Northern Pintail  45  2367 
White-throated Sparrow  46  2320 
Semipalmated Sandpiper  47  2242 
Long-tailed Duck  48  2240 
Semipalmated Plover  49  2238 
Purple Finch  50  2209 
Sanderling  51  2186 
Bufflehead  52  2147 
Marsh Wren  53  2145 
Common Yellowthroat  54  2139 
Dunlin  55  2138 
Black Scoter  56  2110 
Red-tailed Hawk  57  2084 
Lesser Yellowlegs  58  2080 
Peregrine Falcon  59  2045 
Barn Swallow  60  2041 
 Jan  Feb  Mar  Apr  May  Jun  Jul  Aug  Sep  Oct  Nov  Dec
Eastern Kingbird  61  2027 
American Tree Sparrow  62  2009 
Yellow Warbler  63  1946 
Red-throated Loon  64  1916 
Common Tern  65  1902 
Yellow-rumped Warbler  66  1899 
Northern Gannet  67  1879 
Least Sandpiper  68  1817 
Bobolink  69  1813 
Horned Grebe  70  1808 
Willet  71  1772 
Northern Flicker  72  1758 
Turkey Vulture  73  1734 
Brown-headed Cowbird  74  1716 
Purple Martin  75  1714 
Short-billed Dowitcher  76  1704 
Wild Turkey  77  1702 
Least Tern  78  1680 
Merlin  79  1677 
Red-breasted Nuthatch  80  1666 
 Jan  Feb  Mar  Apr  May  Jun  Jul  Aug  Sep  Oct  Nov  Dec
Common Goldeneye  81  1629 
Field Sparrow  82  1616 
Baltimore Oriole  83  1606 
Piping Plover  84  1601 
Hooded Merganser  85  1581 
Dark-eyed Junco  86  1574 
Eastern Phoebe  87  1557 
American Wigeon  88  1549 
White-rumped Sandpiper  89  1544 
Saltmarsh Sparrow  90  1541 
American Redstart  91  1484 
Bonaparte's Gull  92  1447 
Swamp Sparrow  93  1426 
Black-crowned Night-Heron  94  1345 
Bald Eagle  95  1297 
Cooper's Hawk  96  1252 
Horned Lark  97  1240 
Rough-legged Hawk  98  1235 
Surf Scoter  99  1223 
Spotted Sandpiper  100  1222 
 Jan  Feb  Mar  Apr  May  Jun  Jul  Aug  Sep  Oct  Nov  Dec
Willow Flycatcher  101  1214 
Red-necked Grebe  102  1212 
Snowy Owl  103  1204 
Red-eyed Vireo  104  1149 
Golden-crowned Kinglet  105  1121 
Hermit Thrush  106  1106 
Northern Shoveler  107  1105 
Blue-winged Teal  108  1073 
Bank Swallow  109  1041 
Ruby-crowned Kinglet  110  1027 
Snow Bunting  111  1002 
Chipping Sparrow  112  912 
Brant  113  897 
Sharp-shinned Hawk  114  883 
Glossy Ibis  115  881 
American Kestrel  116  854 
Black-and-white Warbler  117  826 
Greater Scaup  118  785 
Great Crested Flycatcher  119  768 
Blackpoll Warbler  120  739 
 Jan  Feb  Mar  Apr  May  Jun  Jul  Aug  Sep  Oct  Nov  Dec
Stilt Sandpiper  121  736 
Pectoral Sandpiper  122  735 
Seaside Sparrow  123  729 
Ruddy Turnstone  124  728 
Carolina Wren  125  722 
Belted Kingfisher  126  714 
Black-throated Green Warbler  127  702 
Razorbill  128  696 
Great Cormorant  129  680 
American Woodcock  130  678 
Northern Parula  131  677 
Palm Warbler  132  662 
Northern Shrike  133  656 
Laughing Gull  133  656 
Red Knot  135  649 
Magnolia Warbler  136  644 
Pied-billed Grebe  137  631 
American Bittern  137  631 
Blue-headed Vireo  139  608 
Whimbrel  140  607 
 Jan  Feb  Mar  Apr  May  Jun  Jul  Aug  Sep  Oct  Nov  Dec
Black-throated Blue Warbler  141  592 
Eastern Meadowlark  142  587 
Orchard Oriole  143  572 
Virginia Rail  144  567 
Long-billed Dowitcher  145  550 
Ruby-throated Hummingbird  146  541 
American Pipit  147  538 
Least Bittern  148  535 
Lesser Scaup  149  534 
White-breasted Nuthatch  150  530 
Pine Warbler  151  528 
Northern Waterthrush  152  526 
Brown Creeper  153  509 
Ruddy Duck  154  506 
White-crowned Sparrow  155  504 
American Golden-Plover  156  498 
Snow Goose  157  495 
Hairy Woodpecker  158  488 
Short-eared Owl  159  482 
Chimney Swift  160  479 
 Jan  Feb  Mar  Apr  May  Jun  Jul  Aug  Sep  Oct  Nov  Dec
Wilson's Warbler  161  468 
Sora  162  464 
Nashville Warbler  163  435 
Rose-breasted Grosbeak  164  430 
Ovenbird  165  415 
Tufted Titmouse  166  410 
House Wren  167  398 
Chestnut-sided Warbler  168  389 
Roseate Tern  169  387 
Purple Sandpiper  170  377 
Wilson's Snipe  171  364 
Black-legged Kittiwake  172  361 
Common Raven  173  360 
Wood Duck  174  354 
Eastern Wood-Pewee  175  347 
Blackburnian Warbler  176  342 
Common Merganser  177  338 
Lapland Longspur  178  332 
American Coot  179  328 
Canada Warbler  180  323 
 Jan  Feb  Mar  Apr  May  Jun  Jul  Aug  Sep  Oct  Nov  Dec
Baird's Sandpiper  181  319 
Swainson's Thrush  182  315 
Black-billed Cuckoo  183  313 
Green Heron  184  310 
Yellow-bellied Sapsucker  185  306 
Ring-necked Duck  186  305 
Great Horned Owl  187  302 
Hudsonian Godwit  188  301 
Western Sandpiper  188  301 
Scarlet Tanager  190  300 
Least Flycatcher  191  292 
Blue-gray Gnatcatcher  192  287 
Alder Flycatcher  193  283 
Veery  194  280 
Common Redpoll  195  276 
Red-bellied Woodpecker  196  273 
Eurasian Wigeon  197  270 
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  254 
Pine Siskin  202  248 
Yellow-billed Cuckoo  203  241 
Bay-breasted Warbler  204  223 
Wilson's Phalarope  205  222 
Fox Sparrow  206  203 
Yellow-crowned Night-Heron  207  201 
Tricolored Heron  208  199 
Philadelphia Vireo  209  196 
Lincoln's Sparrow  210  191 
Solitary Sandpiper  211  189 
Buff-breasted Sandpiper  212  186 
Northern Rough-winged Swallow  212  186 
Winter Wren  214  183 
Clay-colored Sparrow  215  180 
Little Blue Heron  216  170 
Cape May Warbler  217  164 
Barred Owl  218  161 
Yellow-bellied Flycatcher  219  155 
Redhead  220  151 
 Jan  Feb  Mar  Apr  May  Jun  Jul  Aug  Sep  Oct  Nov  Dec
Lesser Black-backed Gull  220  151 
Wood Thrush  220  151 
Cliff Swallow  223  140 
American Avocet  224  133 
Mourning Warbler  224  133 
Caspian Tern  226  132 
White-winged Crossbill  227  131 
Little Gull  228  123 
Indigo Bunting  229  122 
Iceland Gull  230  119 
King Rail  231  116 
Black Tern  232  114 
Wilson's Storm-Petrel  232  114 
Tennessee Warbler  234  113 
Common Gallinule  235  111 
Fish Crow  236  107 
Dickcissel  237  94/16 
Marbled Godwit  238  93/17 
Blue-winged Warbler  239  92/17 
Clapper Rail  240  90/10 
 Jan  Feb  Mar  Apr  May  Jun  Jul  Aug  Sep  Oct  Nov  Dec
Orange-crowned Warbler  241  88/16 
Black Guillemot  242  87/15 
White-eyed Vireo  242  87/16 
King Eider  244  86/9 
Red Crossbill  245  85/10 
Rusty Blackbird  246  81/16 
Nelson's Sparrow  247  79/17 
Common Nighthawk  248  75/17 
Western Grebe  249  70/6 
Yellow-breasted Chat  249  70/14 
Olive-sided Flycatcher  251  67/17 
Manx Shearwater  252  64/17 
Black Skimmer  252  64/10 
Ring-necked Pheasant  254  60/10 
Red-shouldered Hawk  255  59/13 
Connecticut Warbler  256  57/19 
Yellow-throated Vireo  257  55/15 
Lark Sparrow  258  54/15 
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  263  46/15 
Northern Goshawk  264  44/17 
Summer Tanager  265  42/11 
American Oystercatcher  266  39/15 
Gull-billed Tern  266  39/8 
Eastern Bluebird  266  39/15 
Black-headed Gull  269  38/11 
Broad-winged Hawk  269  38/14 
Cory's Shearwater  271  37/10 
Dovekie  272  36/13 
Northern Saw-whet Owl  273  35/13 
Gray-cheeked Thrush  273  35/15 
Barrow's Goldeneye  275  33/6 
Royal Tern  276  32/10 
Thick-billed Murre  277  30/15 
Worm-eating Warbler  278  29/12 
Arctic Tern  279  28/10 
Long-eared Owl  279  28/12 
 Jan  Feb  Mar  Apr  May  Jun  Jul  Aug  Sep  Oct  Nov  Dec
Red-necked Phalarope  281  25/9 
Scissor-tailed Flycatcher  281  25/2 
Curlew Sandpiper  283  24/5 
Red Phalarope  283  24/7 
Cattle Egret  283  24/7 
Western Kingbird  283  24/8 
Grasshopper Sparrow  283  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
Bohemian Waxwing  301  13/7 
Acadian Flycatcher  302  12/10 
Hoary Redpoll  302  12/6 
Green-tailed Towhee  302  12/1 
Blue Grosbeak  302  12/4 
Black-tailed Godwit  306  11/1 
Pomarine Jaeger  306  11/7 
Leach's Storm-Petrel  306  11/7 
Eastern Screech-Owl  306  11/7 
Ash-throated Flycatcher  306  11/2 
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 
Franklin's Gull  329  5/4 
Thayer's Gull  329  5/1 
Brown Pelican  329  5/1 
Golden Eagle  329  5/4 
Say's Phoebe  329  5/3 
Wilson's Plover  329  5/2 
Yellow-headed Blackbird  337  4/3 
Chuck-will's-widow  338  3/3 
Loggerhead Shrike  338  3/1 
Sedge Wren  338  3/3 
 Jan  Feb  Mar  Apr  May  Jun  Jul  Aug  Sep  Oct  Nov  Dec
Western Tanager  338  3/1 
Greater White-fronted Goose  342  2/1 
Eared Grebe  342  2/1 
Ringed Turtle-Dove  342  2/1 
Long-tailed Jaeger  342  2/2 
Sabine's Gull  342  2/2 
Little Egret  342  2/2 
Northern Wheatear  342  2/1 
Western Meadowlark  342  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 666,725. Total sightings are 324,566.

September 23, 2019, Tom Wetmore