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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 November 18, 2019

 Species n N  Jan  Feb  Mar  Apr  May  Jun  Jul  Aug  Sep  Oct  Nov  Dec
Herring Gull  1  5197 
Canada Goose  2  5159 
American Robin  3  5099 
American Black Duck  4  5000 
Mallard  5  4958 
American Crow  6  4952 
Black-capped Chickadee  7  4806 
Great Black-backed Gull  8  4798 
Song Sparrow  9  4729 
Northern Mockingbird  10  4630 
European Starling  11  4362 
Northern Cardinal  12  4278 
Blue Jay  13  4217 
Mourning Dove  14  4173 
Northern Harrier  15  4161 
Gadwall  16  4113 
Ring-billed Gull  17  3859 
American Goldfinch  18  3854 
Double-crested Cormorant  19  3705 
Green-winged Teal  20  3604 
 Jan  Feb  Mar  Apr  May  Jun  Jul  Aug  Sep  Oct  Nov  Dec
Greater Yellowlegs  21  3495 
Common Loon  22  3456 
Great Egret  23  3448 
House Sparrow  24  3392 
Great Blue Heron  25  3249 
Gray Catbird  26  3179 
Rock Pigeon  27  3119 
Common Eider  28  3035 
Downy Woodpecker  29  2984 
Eastern Towhee  30  2964 
Red-winged Blackbird  31  2962 
Mute Swan  32  2949 
White-winged Scoter  33  2919 
Snowy Egret  34  2874 
Tree Swallow  35  2864 
Black-bellied Plover  36  2729 
Killdeer  37  2665 
Common Grackle  38  2664 
Osprey  39  2659 
Red-breasted Merganser  40  2653 
 Jan  Feb  Mar  Apr  May  Jun  Jul  Aug  Sep  Oct  Nov  Dec
Cedar Waxwing  41  2634 
House Finch  42  2575 
Brown Thrasher  43  2452 
Savannah Sparrow  44  2444 
Northern Pintail  45  2413 
White-throated Sparrow  46  2362 
Semipalmated Plover  47  2273 
Semipalmated Sandpiper  48  2272 
Long-tailed Duck  49  2257 
Sanderling  50  2224 
Purple Finch  50  2224 
Dunlin  52  2190 
Bufflehead  53  2172 
Common Yellowthroat  54  2158 
Marsh Wren  55  2157 
Black Scoter  56  2148 
Red-tailed Hawk  57  2106 
Lesser Yellowlegs  58  2099 
Peregrine Falcon  59  2077 
Barn Swallow  60  2043 
 Jan  Feb  Mar  Apr  May  Jun  Jul  Aug  Sep  Oct  Nov  Dec
Eastern Kingbird  61  2028 
American Tree Sparrow  62  2021 
Yellow Warbler  63  1949 
Yellow-rumped Warbler  63  1949 
Red-throated Loon  65  1937 
Northern Gannet  66  1927 
Common Tern  67  1902 
Least Sandpiper  68  1826 
Horned Grebe  69  1818 
Bobolink  70  1816 
Northern Flicker  71  1791 
Willet  72  1772 
Turkey Vulture  73  1765 
Short-billed Dowitcher  74  1719 
Wild Turkey  75  1718 
Brown-headed Cowbird  76  1717 
Purple Martin  77  1714 
Merlin  78  1697 
Least Tern  79  1680 
Red-breasted Nuthatch  80  1667 
 Jan  Feb  Mar  Apr  May  Jun  Jul  Aug  Sep  Oct  Nov  Dec
Common Goldeneye  81  1640 
Field Sparrow  82  1637 
Baltimore Oriole  83  1607 
Dark-eyed Junco  84  1604 
Piping Plover  85  1602 
Hooded Merganser  86  1595 
American Wigeon  87  1588 
Eastern Phoebe  88  1575 
White-rumped Sandpiper  89  1563 
Saltmarsh Sparrow  90  1561 
American Redstart  91  1494 
Swamp Sparrow  92  1455 
Bonaparte's Gull  93  1453 
Black-crowned Night-Heron  94  1349 
Bald Eagle  95  1310 
Cooper's Hawk  96  1278 
Surf Scoter  97  1259 
Horned Lark  98  1250 
Rough-legged Hawk  99  1239 
Spotted Sandpiper  100  1225 
 Jan  Feb  Mar  Apr  May  Jun  Jul  Aug  Sep  Oct  Nov  Dec
Red-necked Grebe  101  1220 
Willow Flycatcher  102  1214 
Snowy Owl  103  1205 
Red-eyed Vireo  104  1168 
Golden-crowned Kinglet  105  1155 
Hermit Thrush  106  1139 
Northern Shoveler  107  1134 
Blue-winged Teal  108  1082 
Ruby-crowned Kinglet  109  1053 
Bank Swallow  110  1041 
Snow Bunting  111  1013 
Chipping Sparrow  112  936 
Brant  113  898 
Sharp-shinned Hawk  114  891 
Glossy Ibis  115  881 
American Kestrel  116  855 
Black-and-white Warbler  117  835 
Greater Scaup  118  803 
Great Crested Flycatcher  119  768 
Carolina Wren  120  760 
 Jan  Feb  Mar  Apr  May  Jun  Jul  Aug  Sep  Oct  Nov  Dec
Blackpoll Warbler  121  754 
Pectoral Sandpiper  122  751 
Stilt Sandpiper  123  740 
Ruddy Turnstone  124  730 
Seaside Sparrow  125  729 
Belted Kingfisher  126  726 
Black-throated Green Warbler  127  716 
Razorbill  128  697 
American Woodcock  129  683 
Northern Parula  130  681 
Great Cormorant  131  680 
Palm Warbler  132  673 
Northern Shrike  133  670 
Laughing Gull  134  659 
Magnolia Warbler  135  656 
Red Knot  136  653 
Pied-billed Grebe  137  643 
American Bittern  137  643 
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  584 
Orchard Oriole  144  572 
Virginia Rail  145  568 
American Pipit  146  551 
White-breasted Nuthatch  147  543 
Lesser Scaup  148  541 
Ruby-throated Hummingbird  148  541 
Least Bittern  150  535 
Pine Warbler  151  532 
Northern Waterthrush  152  531 
American Golden-Plover  153  518 
White-crowned Sparrow  153  518 
Brown Creeper  155  516 
Ruddy Duck  156  513 
Hairy Woodpecker  157  489 
Short-eared Owl  158  486 
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  431 
Ovenbird  165  418 
Tufted Titmouse  166  411 
House Wren  167  399 
Chestnut-sided Warbler  168  389 
Roseate Tern  169  387 
Purple Sandpiper  170  378 
Common Raven  170  378 
Wilson's Snipe  172  364 
Wood Duck  173  363 
Black-legged Kittiwake  174  361 
Eastern Wood-Pewee  175  349 
Blackburnian Warbler  176  342 
Common Merganser  177  339 
Lapland Longspur  178  336 
American Coot  179  334 
Canada Warbler  180  324 
 Jan  Feb  Mar  Apr  May  Jun  Jul  Aug  Sep  Oct  Nov  Dec
Baird's Sandpiper  181  323 
Yellow-bellied Sapsucker  182  322 
Swainson's Thrush  182  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  304 
Scarlet Tanager  190  302 
Least Flycatcher  191  293 
Blue-gray Gnatcatcher  192  287 
Alder Flycatcher  193  283 
Veery  193  283 
Common Redpoll  195  276 
Eurasian Wigeon  196  274 
Red-bellied Woodpecker  196  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 
Yellow-bellied Flycatcher  219  156 
Lesser Black-backed Gull  220  155 
 Jan  Feb  Mar  Apr  May  Jun  Jul  Aug  Sep  Oct  Nov  Dec
Redhead  221  152 
Wood Thrush  222  151 
Cliff Swallow  223  140 
Caspian Tern  224  134 
American Avocet  225  133 
Mourning Warbler  225  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 
White-eyed Vireo  242  88/16 
King Eider  243  87/9 
Black Guillemot  243  87/15 
Nelson's Sparrow  245  86/17 
Red Crossbill  246  85/10 
Rusty Blackbird  247  81/16 
Yellow-breasted Chat  248  80/14 
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 
Cory's Shearwater  271  37/10 
Dovekie  272  36/12 
Northern Saw-whet Owl  272  36/13 
Gray-cheeked Thrush  274  35/15 
Barrow's Goldeneye  275  33/6 
Royal Tern  276  32/10 
Thick-billed Murre  277  30/15 
Long-eared Owl  277  30/13 
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 
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  349 
Tundra Swan  349 
Northern Lapwing  349 
Elegant Tern  349 
Neotropic Cormorant  349 
White Ibis  349 
Mississippi Kite  349 
Swainson's Hawk  349 
Pileated Woodpecker  349 
Prairie Falcon  349 
Fork-tailed Flycatcher  349 
Yellow-green Vireo  349 
 Jan  Feb  Mar  Apr  May  Jun  Jul  Aug  Sep  Oct  Nov  Dec
Townsend's Solitaire  349 
Bicknell's Thrush  349 
Sage Thrasher  349 
Chestnut-collared Longspur  349 

Total reports are 674,577. Total sightings are 328,144.

November 18, 2019, Tom Wetmore