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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 March 18, 2019

 Species n N  Jan  Feb  Mar  Apr  May  Jun  Jul  Aug  Sep  Oct  Nov  Dec
Herring Gull  1  4956 
Canada Goose  2  4925 
American Robin  3  4864 
American Crow  4  4777 
American Black Duck  5  4773 
Mallard  6  4720 
Black-capped Chickadee  7  4576 
Great Black-backed Gull  8  4571 
Song Sparrow  9  4488 
Northern Mockingbird  10  4422 
European Starling  11  4141 
Northern Cardinal  12  4061 
Northern Harrier  13  4019 
Blue Jay  14  4006 
Mourning Dove  15  3951 
Gadwall  16  3897 
Ring-billed Gull  17  3684 
American Goldfinch  18  3629 
Double-crested Cormorant  19  3480 
Green-winged Teal  20  3402 
 Jan  Feb  Mar  Apr  May  Jun  Jul  Aug  Sep  Oct  Nov  Dec
Common Loon  21  3307 
Greater Yellowlegs  22  3289 
Great Egret  23  3224 
House Sparrow  24  3195 
Great Blue Heron  25  3071 
Gray Catbird  26  2988 
Rock Pigeon  27  2964 
Common Eider  28  2857 
Downy Woodpecker  29  2851 
Mute Swan  30  2813 
White-winged Scoter  31  2811 
Eastern Towhee  32  2775 
Red-winged Blackbird  33  2772 
Snowy Egret  34  2705 
Tree Swallow  35  2680 
Red-breasted Merganser  36  2569 
Black-bellied Plover  37  2568 
Common Grackle  38  2503 
Killdeer  39  2484 
Osprey  40  2482 
 Jan  Feb  Mar  Apr  May  Jun  Jul  Aug  Sep  Oct  Nov  Dec
Cedar Waxwing  41  2473 
House Finch  42  2373 
Northern Pintail  43  2335 
Brown Thrasher  44  2313 
Savannah Sparrow  45  2312 
White-throated Sparrow  46  2270 
Long-tailed Duck  47  2182 
Semipalmated Plover  48  2130 
Semipalmated Sandpiper  49  2125 
Sanderling  50  2103 
Purple Finch  51  2098 
Bufflehead  52  2092 
Dunlin  53  2076 
Black Scoter  54  2028 
Marsh Wren  55  2020 
Common Yellowthroat  56  2013 
Red-tailed Hawk  57  2002 
American Tree Sparrow  58  1992 
Lesser Yellowlegs  59  1979 
Peregrine Falcon  60  1973 
 Jan  Feb  Mar  Apr  May  Jun  Jul  Aug  Sep  Oct  Nov  Dec
Barn Swallow  61  1920 
Eastern Kingbird  62  1897 
Red-throated Loon  63  1893 
Yellow-rumped Warbler  64  1859 
Northern Gannet  65  1828 
Yellow Warbler  66  1826 
Common Tern  67  1794 
Horned Grebe  68  1784 
Least Sandpiper  69  1715 
Bobolink  70  1700 
Northern Flicker  71  1681 
Willet  72  1660 
Turkey Vulture  73  1641 
Red-breasted Nuthatch  74  1611 
Brown-headed Cowbird  74  1611 
Merlin  76  1609 
Short-billed Dowitcher  77  1605 
Purple Martin  78  1597 
Common Goldeneye  79  1581 
Wild Turkey  80  1575 
 Jan  Feb  Mar  Apr  May  Jun  Jul  Aug  Sep  Oct  Nov  Dec
Least Tern  81  1567 
Hooded Merganser  82  1550 
Dark-eyed Junco  83  1542 
Field Sparrow  84  1523 
Baltimore Oriole  85  1510 
American Wigeon  86  1500 
Piping Plover  87  1485 
White-rumped Sandpiper  88  1476 
Eastern Phoebe  89  1475 
Saltmarsh Sparrow  90  1449 
Bonaparte's Gull  91  1430 
American Redstart  92  1388 
Swamp Sparrow  93  1314 
Black-crowned Night-Heron  94  1277 
Bald Eagle  95  1255 
Horned Lark  96  1232 
Rough-legged Hawk  97  1228 
Red-necked Grebe  98  1207 
Cooper's Hawk  98  1207 
Snowy Owl  100  1203 
 Jan  Feb  Mar  Apr  May  Jun  Jul  Aug  Sep  Oct  Nov  Dec
Surf Scoter  101  1200 
Willow Flycatcher  102  1133 
Spotted Sandpiper  103  1126 
Golden-crowned Kinglet  104  1102 
Hermit Thrush  105  1083 
Red-eyed Vireo  106  1077 
Northern Shoveler  107  1076 
Blue-winged Teal  108  1038 
Bank Swallow  109  999 
Snow Bunting  110  995 
Ruby-crowned Kinglet  111  992 
Chipping Sparrow  112  879 
Glossy Ibis  113  868 
Sharp-shinned Hawk  114  861 
Brant  115  852 
American Kestrel  116  808 
Black-and-white Warbler  117  795 
Greater Scaup  118  765 
Blackpoll Warbler  119  708 
Stilt Sandpiper  120  707 
 Jan  Feb  Mar  Apr  May  Jun  Jul  Aug  Sep  Oct  Nov  Dec
Pectoral Sandpiper  121  702 
Razorbill  122  695 
Belted Kingfisher  123  689 
Great Crested Flycatcher  124  686 
Ruddy Turnstone  125  682 
Seaside Sparrow  126  679 
Great Cormorant  127  678 
Black-throated Green Warbler  128  672 
American Woodcock  129  653 
Northern Shrike  129  653 
Northern Parula  131  643 
Palm Warbler  132  631 
American Bittern  133  625 
Red Knot  134  623 
Laughing Gull  134  623 
Magnolia Warbler  136  619 
Pied-billed Grebe  137  617 
Carolina Wren  138  600 
Blue-headed Vireo  139  586 
Whimbrel  140  583 
 Jan  Feb  Mar  Apr  May  Jun  Jul  Aug  Sep  Oct  Nov  Dec
Eastern Meadowlark  141  580 
Black-throated Blue Warbler  142  573 
Virginia Rail  143  556 
American Pipit  144  530 
Lesser Scaup  145  520 
Long-billed Dowitcher  146  516 
Ruby-throated Hummingbird  147  513 
Least Bittern  148  506 
Ruddy Duck  149  503 
White-breasted Nuthatch  149  503 
Brown Creeper  151  500 
Orchard Oriole  152  498 
Snow Goose  153  495 
Northern Waterthrush  153  495 
White-crowned Sparrow  155  493 
American Golden-Plover  156  481 
Short-eared Owl  157  480 
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 
Hairy Woodpecker  162  433 
Nashville Warbler  163  422 
Rose-breasted Grosbeak  164  414 
Tufted Titmouse  165  391 
Ovenbird  166  390 
House Wren  167  388 
Purple Sandpiper  168  370 
Roseate Tern  169  366 
Chestnut-sided Warbler  170  364 
Black-legged Kittiwake  171  361 
Wilson's Snipe  172  359 
Lapland Longspur  173  332 
Common Raven  174  330 
Wood Duck  175  328 
Common Merganser  176  327 
Blackburnian Warbler  177  322 
American Coot  178  319 
Eastern Wood-Pewee  179  317 
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 
Great Horned Owl  184  297 
Yellow-bellied Sapsucker  185  295 
Swainson's Thrush  186  289 
Scarlet Tanager  187  288 
Hudsonian Godwit  188  284 
Common Redpoll  189  276 
Eurasian Wigeon  190  270 
Least Flycatcher  190  270 
Ring-necked Duck  192  269 
Western Sandpiper  193  265 
Veery  194  263 
Blue-gray Gnatcatcher  195  259 
Red-bellied Woodpecker  196  258 
Forster's Tern  197  256 
Warbling Vireo  198  254 
Alder Flycatcher  199  251 
Pine Siskin  200  244 
 Jan  Feb  Mar  Apr  May  Jun  Jul  Aug  Sep  Oct  Nov  Dec
Prairie Warbler  201  241 
Yellow-billed Cuckoo  202  239 
Eastern Whip-poor-will  203  238 
Wilson's Phalarope  204  210 
Bay-breasted Warbler  205  200 
Tricolored Heron  206  197 
Fox Sparrow  207  196 
Philadelphia Vireo  208  191 
Lincoln's Sparrow  209  183 
Solitary Sandpiper  210  182 
Buff-breasted Sandpiper  211  180 
Clay-colored Sparrow  211  180 
Winter Wren  213  178 
Northern Rough-winged Swallow  214  176 
Yellow-crowned Night-Heron  215  173 
Little Blue Heron  216  167 
Barred Owl  217  158 
Redhead  218  151 
Cape May Warbler  219  148 
Wood Thrush  220  147 
 Jan  Feb  Mar  Apr  May  Jun  Jul  Aug  Sep  Oct  Nov  Dec
Yellow-bellied Flycatcher  221  144 
Lesser Black-backed Gull  222  142 
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  84/9 
Rusty Blackbird  244  81/16 
White-eyed Vireo  245  79/15 
Nelson's Sparrow  246  77/16 
Common Nighthawk  247  73/16 
Western Grebe  248  70/6 
Yellow-breasted Chat  249  69/13 
King Eider  249  69/9 
Ring-necked Pheasant  251  60/10 
Manx Shearwater  251  60/16 
Olive-sided Flycatcher  251  60/16 
Black Skimmer  254  57/9 
Red-shouldered Hawk  255  56/12 
Connecticut Warbler  255  56/18 
Lark Sparrow  257  51/14 
Hooded Warbler  257  51/16 
Great Shearwater  259  48/12 
Yellow-throated Vireo  259  48/14 
 Jan  Feb  Mar  Apr  May  Jun  Jul  Aug  Sep  Oct  Nov  Dec
Parasitic Jaeger  261  46/14 
Glaucous Gull  262  44/12 
Northern Goshawk  262  44/17 
Vesper Sparrow  262  44/14 
Black-headed Gull  265  38/11 
Summer Tanager  265  38/10 
Cory's Shearwater  267  37/10 
Eastern Bluebird  267  37/15 
Dovekie  269  36/13 
Broad-winged Hawk  270  35/13 
Gull-billed Tern  271  34/7 
Gray-cheeked Thrush  271  34/14 
Barrow's Goldeneye  273  33/6 
American Oystercatcher  274  32/14 
Northern Saw-whet Owl  275  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 
Canvasback  289  20/7 
White-faced Ibis  290  19/6 
Kentucky Warbler  290  19/8 
Black Rail  292  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  297  15/6 
Ross's Goose  300  14/4 
 Jan  Feb  Mar  Apr  May  Jun  Jul  Aug  Sep  Oct  Nov  Dec
Bohemian Waxwing  301  13/7 
Hoary Redpoll  302  12/6 
Green-tailed Towhee  302  12/1 
Blue Grosbeak  302  12/4 
Black-tailed Godwit  305  11/1 
Pomarine Jaeger  305  11/7 
Leach's Storm-Petrel  305  11/7 
Eastern Screech-Owl  305  11/7 
Acadian Flycatcher  305  11/9 
Ash-throated Flycatcher  305  11/2 
Black-necked Stilt  311  10/2 
Cave Swallow  311  10/6 
Cackling Goose  313  8/3 
Black Vulture  313  8/6 
Evening Grosbeak  313  8/4 
Louisiana Waterthrush  313  8/8 
Golden-winged Warbler  313  8/5 
Yellow-throated Warbler  313  8/4 
American White Pelican  319  7/6 
Red-headed Woodpecker  319  7/4 
 Jan  Feb  Mar  Apr  May  Jun  Jul  Aug  Sep  Oct  Nov  Dec
Gyrfalcon  319  7/5 
Swainson's Warbler  319  7/1 
Cerulean Warbler  319  7/5 
Atlantic Puffin  324  6/4 
Sandwich Tern  324  6/2 
Northern Fulmar  324  6/4 
Pacific Golden-Plover  327  5/1 
Franklin's Gull  327  5/4 
Thayer's Gull  327  5/1 
Brown Pelican  327  5/1 
Golden Eagle  327  5/4 
Say's Phoebe  327  5/3 
Sandhill Crane  333  4/4 
Common Ringed Plover  333  4/1 
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 638,448. Total sightings are 310,996.

March 18, 2019, Tom Wetmore