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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 13, 2018

 Species n N  Jan  Feb  Mar  Apr  May  Jun  Jul  Aug  Sep  Oct  Nov  Dec
Herring Gull  1  4853 
Canada Goose  2  4824 
American Robin  3  4766 
American Crow  4  4695 
American Black Duck  5  4673 
Mallard  6  4630 
Great Black-backed Gull  7  4488 
Black-capped Chickadee  8  4477 
Song Sparrow  9  4439 
Northern Mockingbird  10  4352 
European Starling  11  4088 
Northern Cardinal  12  3979 
Northern Harrier  13  3928 
Blue Jay  14  3923 
Mourning Dove  15  3911 
Gadwall  16  3867 
Ring-billed Gull  17  3643 
American Goldfinch  18  3577 
Double-crested Cormorant  19  3476 
Green-winged Teal  20  3395 
 Jan  Feb  Mar  Apr  May  Jun  Jul  Aug  Sep  Oct  Nov  Dec
Greater Yellowlegs  21  3285 
Common Loon  22  3229 
Great Egret  23  3223 
House Sparrow  24  3137 
Great Blue Heron  25  3061 
Gray Catbird  26  2964 
Rock Pigeon  27  2898 
Downy Woodpecker  28  2786 
Common Eider  29  2785 
Eastern Towhee  30  2775 
Mute Swan  31  2768 
Red-winged Blackbird  32  2760 
White-winged Scoter  33  2734 
Snowy Egret  34  2705 
Tree Swallow  35  2679 
Black-bellied Plover  36  2564 
Common Grackle  37  2497 
Red-breasted Merganser  38  2484 
Osprey  39  2481 
Killdeer  40  2479 
 Jan  Feb  Mar  Apr  May  Jun  Jul  Aug  Sep  Oct  Nov  Dec
Cedar Waxwing  41  2464 
House Finch  42  2350 
Brown Thrasher  43  2313 
Savannah Sparrow  44  2305 
Northern Pintail  45  2292 
White-throated Sparrow  46  2202 
Semipalmated Plover  47  2130 
Semipalmated Sandpiper  48  2125 
Long-tailed Duck  49  2104 
Purple Finch  50  2095 
Sanderling  51  2072 
Dunlin  52  2039 
Marsh Wren  53  2020 
Bufflehead  54  2014 
Common Yellowthroat  55  2012 
Lesser Yellowlegs  56  1979 
Black Scoter  57  1949 
Red-tailed Hawk  58  1946 
Peregrine Falcon  59  1939 
Barn Swallow  60  1920 
 Jan  Feb  Mar  Apr  May  Jun  Jul  Aug  Sep  Oct  Nov  Dec
American Tree Sparrow  61  1906 
Eastern Kingbird  62  1897 
Red-throated Loon  63  1853 
Yellow-rumped Warbler  64  1833 
Yellow Warbler  65  1826 
Northern Gannet  66  1814 
Common Tern  67  1794 
Horned Grebe  68  1717 
Least Sandpiper  69  1715 
Bobolink  70  1700 
Northern Flicker  71  1666 
Willet  72  1660 
Turkey Vulture  73  1636 
Brown-headed Cowbird  74  1610 
Merlin  75  1608 
Short-billed Dowitcher  76  1605 
Purple Martin  77  1597 
Least Tern  78  1567 
Wild Turkey  79  1557 
Red-breasted Nuthatch  80  1548 
 Jan  Feb  Mar  Apr  May  Jun  Jul  Aug  Sep  Oct  Nov  Dec
Field Sparrow  81  1521 
Dark-eyed Junco  82  1512 
Baltimore Oriole  83  1510 
Hooded Merganser  84  1505 
Common Goldeneye  85  1487 
American Wigeon  86  1486 
Piping Plover  87  1484 
White-rumped Sandpiper  88  1476 
Eastern Phoebe  89  1475 
Saltmarsh Sparrow  90  1449 
Bonaparte's Gull  91  1429 
American Redstart  92  1388 
Swamp Sparrow  93  1305 
Black-crowned Night-Heron  94  1276 
Bald Eagle  95  1208 
Horned Lark  96  1206 
Cooper's Hawk  97  1187 
Red-necked Grebe  98  1176 
Surf Scoter  99  1170 
Snowy Owl  100  1149 
 Jan  Feb  Mar  Apr  May  Jun  Jul  Aug  Sep  Oct  Nov  Dec
Rough-legged Hawk  101  1148 
Willow Flycatcher  102  1133 
Spotted Sandpiper  103  1126 
Golden-crowned Kinglet  104  1093 
Red-eyed Vireo  105  1077 
Northern Shoveler  106  1065 
Hermit Thrush  107  1044 
Blue-winged Teal  108  1038 
Bank Swallow  109  999 
Ruby-crowned Kinglet  110  992 
Snow Bunting  111  948 
Chipping Sparrow  112  877 
Glossy Ibis  113  868 
Sharp-shinned Hawk  114  854 
Brant  115  848 
American Kestrel  116  806 
Black-and-white Warbler  117  795 
Greater Scaup  118  760 
Blackpoll Warbler  119  708 
Stilt Sandpiper  120  707 
 Jan  Feb  Mar  Apr  May  Jun  Jul  Aug  Sep  Oct  Nov  Dec
Pectoral Sandpiper  121  702 
Belted Kingfisher  122  689 
Great Crested Flycatcher  123  686 
Ruddy Turnstone  124  682 
Seaside Sparrow  125  679 
Black-throated Green Warbler  126  672 
Great Cormorant  127  670 
Razorbill  128  655 
American Woodcock  129  653 
Northern Shrike  130  647 
Northern Parula  131  643 
Palm Warbler  132  630 
Red Knot  133  623 
Laughing Gull  133  623 
Magnolia Warbler  135  619 
American Bittern  135  619 
Pied-billed Grebe  137  617 
Blue-headed Vireo  138  586 
Whimbrel  139  583 
Eastern Meadowlark  140  580 
 Jan  Feb  Mar  Apr  May  Jun  Jul  Aug  Sep  Oct  Nov  Dec
Black-throated Blue Warbler  141  573 
Carolina Wren  142  572 
Virginia Rail  143  556 
American Pipit  144  530 
Lesser Scaup  145  517 
Long-billed Dowitcher  146  516 
Ruby-throated Hummingbird  147  513 
Least Bittern  148  506 
White-breasted Nuthatch  149  502 
Brown Creeper  150  500 
Orchard Oriole  151  498 
Northern Waterthrush  152  495 
Ruddy Duck  152  495 
Snow Goose  154  493 
White-crowned Sparrow  155  490 
American Golden-Plover  156  481 
Short-eared Owl  157  472 
Pine Warbler  158  469 
Chimney Swift  159  460 
Sora  160  456 
 Jan  Feb  Mar  Apr  May  Jun  Jul  Aug  Sep  Oct  Nov  Dec
Wilson's Warbler  161  447 
Nashville Warbler  162  422 
Rose-breasted Grosbeak  163  414 
Tufted Titmouse  164  391 
Ovenbird  165  390 
House Wren  166  388 
Purple Sandpiper  167  366 
Roseate Tern  167  366 
Chestnut-sided Warbler  169  364 
Hairy Woodpecker  170  361 
Black-legged Kittiwake  171  360 
Wilson's Snipe  172  359 
Lapland Longspur  173  332 
Wood Duck  174  328 
Blackburnian Warbler  175  322 
Common Merganser  176  321 
Common Raven  177  319 
Eastern Wood-Pewee  178  317 
American Coot  179  314 
Canada Warbler  180  307 
 Jan  Feb  Mar  Apr  May  Jun  Jul  Aug  Sep  Oct  Nov  Dec
Black-billed Cuckoo  181  304 
Green Heron  182  303 
Baird's Sandpiper  183  299 
Yellow-bellied Sapsucker  184  295 
Great Horned Owl  185  292 
Swainson's Thrush  186  289 
Scarlet Tanager  187  288 
Hudsonian Godwit  188  284 
Eurasian Wigeon  189  270 
Least Flycatcher  189  270 
Ring-necked Duck  191  269 
Western Sandpiper  192  265 
Veery  193  263 
Blue-gray Gnatcatcher  194  259 
Forster's Tern  195  256 
Red-bellied Woodpecker  196  254 
Warbling Vireo  196  254 
Common Redpoll  198  253 
Alder Flycatcher  199  251 
Prairie Warbler  200  241 
 Jan  Feb  Mar  Apr  May  Jun  Jul  Aug  Sep  Oct  Nov  Dec
Yellow-billed Cuckoo  201  239 
Eastern Whip-poor-will  202  238 
Pine Siskin  202  238 
Wilson's Phalarope  204  210 
Bay-breasted Warbler  205  200 
Tricolored Heron  206  197 
Fox Sparrow  207  193 
Philadelphia Vireo  208  191 
Lincoln's Sparrow  209  183 
Solitary Sandpiper  210  182 
Buff-breasted Sandpiper  211  180 
Clay-colored Sparrow  212  179 
Winter Wren  213  178 
Northern Rough-winged Swallow  214  176 
Yellow-crowned Night-Heron  215  173 
Little Blue Heron  216  167 
Redhead  217  151 
Wood Thrush  218  147 
Cape May Warbler  218  147 
Yellow-bellied Flycatcher  220  144 
 Jan  Feb  Mar  Apr  May  Jun  Jul  Aug  Sep  Oct  Nov  Dec
Lesser Black-backed Gull  221  142 
Barred Owl  222  136 
Cliff Swallow  223  135 
White-winged Crossbill  224  131 
Little Gull  225  123 
Mourning Warbler  225  123 
Caspian Tern  227  121 
American Avocet  228  119 
Indigo Bunting  228  119 
Iceland Gull  230  118 
King Rail  231  116 
Common Gallinule  232  111 
Black Tern  232  111 
Tennessee Warbler  234  100 
Wilson's Storm-Petrel  235  98/16 
Fish Crow  236  97/15 
Dickcissel  237  93/15 
Blue-winged Warbler  238  90/16 
Clapper Rail  239  88/9 
Marbled Godwit  239  88/16 
 Jan  Feb  Mar  Apr  May  Jun  Jul  Aug  Sep  Oct  Nov  Dec
Orange-crowned Warbler  239  88/16 
Black Guillemot  242  87/15 
Red Crossbill  243  83/8 
White-eyed Vireo  244  79/15 
Rusty Blackbird  245  78/16 
Nelson's Sparrow  246  77/16 
Common Nighthawk  247  73/16 
Western Grebe  248  70/6 
Yellow-breasted Chat  249  69/13 
Ring-necked Pheasant  250  60/10 
Manx Shearwater  250  60/16 
Olive-sided Flycatcher  250  60/16 
Black Skimmer  253  57/9 
Red-shouldered Hawk  254  56/12 
Connecticut Warbler  254  56/18 
Lark Sparrow  256  51/14 
Hooded Warbler  256  51/16 
Great Shearwater  258  48/12 
Yellow-throated Vireo  258  48/14 
Parasitic Jaeger  260  46/14 
 Jan  Feb  Mar  Apr  May  Jun  Jul  Aug  Sep  Oct  Nov  Dec
Northern Goshawk  261  44/17 
Vesper Sparrow  261  44/14 
Glaucous Gull  263  42/11 
Black-headed Gull  264  38/11 
Summer Tanager  264  38/10 
Cory's Shearwater  266  37/10 
Eastern Bluebird  267  36/14 
Broad-winged Hawk  268  35/13 
Gull-billed Tern  269  34/7 
Gray-cheeked Thrush  269  34/14 
Barrow's Goldeneye  271  33/6 
Dovekie  271  33/13 
American Oystercatcher  273  32/14 
King Eider  274  31/8 
Northern Saw-whet Owl  274  31/12 
Thick-billed Murre  276  29/14 
Arctic Tern  277  28/10 
Long-eared Owl  277  28/12 
Royal Tern  279  27/9 
Worm-eating Warbler  279  27/11 
 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 
White-faced Ibis  289  19/6 
Kentucky Warbler  289  19/8 
Canvasback  291  18/6 
Black Rail  291  18/1 
Upland Sandpiper  293  17/8 
Sooty Shearwater  293  17/9 
Pine Grosbeak  293  17/5 
Ruff  296  16/8 
Common Murre  297  15/8 
Prothonotary Warbler  297  15/9 
Pacific Loon  299  14/5 
Ross's Goose  300  13/3 
 Jan  Feb  Mar  Apr  May  Jun  Jul  Aug  Sep  Oct  Nov  Dec
Hoary Redpoll  301  12/6 
Green-tailed Towhee  301  12/1 
Blue Grosbeak  301  12/4 
Black-tailed Godwit  304  11/1 
Pomarine Jaeger  304  11/7 
Leach's Storm-Petrel  304  11/7 
Eastern Screech-Owl  304  11/7 
Acadian Flycatcher  304  11/9 
Ash-throated Flycatcher  304  11/2 
Bohemian Waxwing  304  11/6 
Black-necked Stilt  311  10/2 
Cave Swallow  311  10/6 
Cackling Goose  313  8/3 
Black Vulture  313  8/6 
Louisiana Waterthrush  313  8/8 
Golden-winged Warbler  313  8/5 
Yellow-throated Warbler  313  8/4 
Red-headed Woodpecker  318  7/4 
Gyrfalcon  318  7/5 
Swainson's Warbler  318  7/1 
 Jan  Feb  Mar  Apr  May  Jun  Jul  Aug  Sep  Oct  Nov  Dec
Cerulean Warbler  318  7/5 
Atlantic Puffin  322  6/4 
Sandwich Tern  322  6/2 
Northern Fulmar  322  6/4 
American White Pelican  322  6/5 
Pacific Golden-Plover  326  5/1 
Franklin's Gull  326  5/4 
Thayer's Gull  326  5/1 
Brown Pelican  326  5/1 
Say's Phoebe  326  5/3 
Evening Grosbeak  326  5/4 
Sandhill Crane  332  4/4 
Common Ringed Plover  332  4/1 
Golden Eagle  332  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 
Yellow-headed Blackbird  337  2/2 
Western Meadowlark  337  2/1 
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 632,883. Total sightings are 307,193.

November 13, 2018, Tom Wetmore