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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 July 18, 2019

 Species n N  Jan  Feb  Mar  Apr  May  Jun  Jul  Aug  Sep  Oct  Nov  Dec
Herring Gull  1  5076 
Canada Goose  2  5046 
American Robin  3  4982 
American Black Duck  4  4889 
American Crow  5  4861 
Mallard  6  4840 
Black-capped Chickadee  7  4690 
Great Black-backed Gull  8  4682 
Song Sparrow  9  4609 
Northern Mockingbird  10  4531 
European Starling  11  4254 
Northern Cardinal  12  4177 
Blue Jay  13  4106 
Northern Harrier  14  4074 
Mourning Dove  15  4070 
Gadwall  16  4018 
Ring-billed Gull  17  3748 
American Goldfinch  18  3747 
Double-crested Cormorant  19  3587 
Green-winged Teal  20  3510 
 Jan  Feb  Mar  Apr  May  Jun  Jul  Aug  Sep  Oct  Nov  Dec
Common Loon  21  3384 
Greater Yellowlegs  22  3376 
Great Egret  23  3334 
House Sparrow  24  3311 
Great Blue Heron  25  3136 
Gray Catbird  26  3065 
Rock Pigeon  27  3021 
Common Eider  28  2940 
Downy Woodpecker  29  2912 
Mute Swan  30  2899 
Red-winged Blackbird  31  2892 
Eastern Towhee  32  2876 
White-winged Scoter  33  2858 
Snowy Egret  34  2793 
Tree Swallow  35  2786 
Red-breasted Merganser  36  2627 
Common Grackle  37  2624 
Black-bellied Plover  38  2622 
Killdeer  39  2602 
Osprey  40  2591 
 Jan  Feb  Mar  Apr  May  Jun  Jul  Aug  Sep  Oct  Nov  Dec
Cedar Waxwing  41  2538 
House Finch  42  2484 
Brown Thrasher  43  2390 
Savannah Sparrow  44  2389 
Northern Pintail  45  2351 
White-throated Sparrow  46  2319 
Long-tailed Duck  47  2240 
Purple Finch  48  2190 
Semipalmated Sandpiper  49  2176 
Semipalmated Plover  50  2172 
Bufflehead  51  2147 
Sanderling  52  2134 
Dunlin  53  2123 
Black Scoter  54  2099 
Marsh Wren  55  2096 
Common Yellowthroat  56  2086 
Red-tailed Hawk  57  2043 
Lesser Yellowlegs  58  2020 
American Tree Sparrow  59  2009 
Peregrine Falcon  60  2000 
 Jan  Feb  Mar  Apr  May  Jun  Jul  Aug  Sep  Oct  Nov  Dec
Barn Swallow  61  1993 
Eastern Kingbird  62  1968 
Red-throated Loon  63  1915 
Yellow Warbler  64  1909 
Yellow-rumped Warbler  65  1897 
Common Tern  66  1865 
Northern Gannet  67  1850 
Horned Grebe  68  1808 
Bobolink  69  1772 
Least Sandpiper  70  1754 
Willet  71  1746 
Northern Flicker  72  1740 
Brown-headed Cowbird  73  1713 
Turkey Vulture  74  1700 
Purple Martin  75  1686 
Wild Turkey  76  1669 
Red-breasted Nuthatch  77  1666 
Merlin  78  1654 
Short-billed Dowitcher  79  1640 
Least Tern  80  1633 
 Jan  Feb  Mar  Apr  May  Jun  Jul  Aug  Sep  Oct  Nov  Dec
Common Goldeneye  81  1629 
Field Sparrow  82  1598 
Hooded Merganser  83  1581 
Baltimore Oriole  84  1578 
Dark-eyed Junco  85  1574 
Piping Plover  86  1565 
American Wigeon  87  1532 
Eastern Phoebe  88  1519 
Saltmarsh Sparrow  89  1507 
White-rumped Sandpiper  90  1487 
American Redstart  91  1452 
Bonaparte's Gull  92  1438 
Swamp Sparrow  93  1408 
Black-crowned Night-Heron  94  1298 
Bald Eagle  95  1291 
Horned Lark  96  1240 
Rough-legged Hawk  97  1235 
Cooper's Hawk  98  1228 
Surf Scoter  99  1219 
Red-necked Grebe  100  1212 
 Jan  Feb  Mar  Apr  May  Jun  Jul  Aug  Sep  Oct  Nov  Dec
Snowy Owl  101  1204 
Willow Flycatcher  102  1191 
Spotted Sandpiper  103  1166 
Red-eyed Vireo  104  1131 
Golden-crowned Kinglet  105  1120 
Hermit Thrush  106  1106 
Northern Shoveler  107  1100 
Blue-winged Teal  108  1040 
Ruby-crowned Kinglet  109  1027 
Bank Swallow  110  1022 
Snow Bunting  111  1002 
Chipping Sparrow  112  910 
Brant  113  897 
Sharp-shinned Hawk  114  879 
Glossy Ibis  115  875 
American Kestrel  116  854 
Black-and-white Warbler  117  821 
Greater Scaup  118  785 
Blackpoll Warbler  119  735 
Great Crested Flycatcher  120  729 
 Jan  Feb  Mar  Apr  May  Jun  Jul  Aug  Sep  Oct  Nov  Dec
Seaside Sparrow  121  725 
Belted Kingfisher  122  710 
Stilt Sandpiper  123  708 
Pectoral Sandpiper  124  706 
Ruddy Turnstone  125  705 
Black-throated Green Warbler  126  699 
Razorbill  127  696 
Carolina Wren  128  695 
Great Cormorant  129  680 
Northern Parula  130  673 
American Woodcock  131  670 
Palm Warbler  132  661 
Northern Shrike  133  656 
Magnolia Warbler  134  643 
Laughing Gull  135  631 
Red Knot  136  628 
Pied-billed Grebe  137  627 
American Bittern  138  626 
Blue-headed Vireo  139  608 
Black-throated Blue Warbler  140  591 
 Jan  Feb  Mar  Apr  May  Jun  Jul  Aug  Sep  Oct  Nov  Dec
Whimbrel  141  587 
Eastern Meadowlark  142  586 
Orchard Oriole  143  566 
Virginia Rail  144  563 
Lesser Scaup  145  534 
Ruby-throated Hummingbird  146  532 
American Pipit  146  532 
Pine Warbler  148  526 
Least Bittern  149  525 
White-breasted Nuthatch  150  522 
Northern Waterthrush  151  521 
Long-billed Dowitcher  152  516 
Brown Creeper  153  509 
Ruddy Duck  154  505 
White-crowned Sparrow  155  504 
Snow Goose  156  495 
Hairy Woodpecker  157  488 
Short-eared Owl  158  482 
American Golden-Plover  159  481 
Chimney Swift  160  476 
 Jan  Feb  Mar  Apr  May  Jun  Jul  Aug  Sep  Oct  Nov  Dec
Wilson's Warbler  161  467 
Sora  162  456 
Nashville Warbler  163  432 
Rose-breasted Grosbeak  164  425 
Ovenbird  165  414 
Tufted Titmouse  166  410 
House Wren  167  394 
Chestnut-sided Warbler  168  388 
Roseate Tern  169  385 
Purple Sandpiper  170  377 
Wilson's Snipe  171  364 
Black-legged Kittiwake  172  361 
Common Raven  173  353 
Blackburnian Warbler  174  342 
Wood Duck  175  340 
Common Merganser  176  338 
Eastern Wood-Pewee  177  337 
Lapland Longspur  178  332 
American Coot  179  328 
Canada Warbler  180  322 
 Jan  Feb  Mar  Apr  May  Jun  Jul  Aug  Sep  Oct  Nov  Dec
Swainson's Thrush  181  314 
Black-billed Cuckoo  182  313 
Green Heron  183  307 
Ring-necked Duck  184  305 
Yellow-bellied Sapsucker  185  304 
Great Horned Owl  186  301 
Scarlet Tanager  187  300 
Baird's Sandpiper  188  299 
Least Flycatcher  189  291 
Hudsonian Godwit  190  284 
Blue-gray Gnatcatcher  190  284 
Alder Flycatcher  192  283 
Veery  193  279 
Common Redpoll  194  276 
Red-bellied Woodpecker  195  273 
Eurasian Wigeon  196  270 
Western Sandpiper  197  265 
Warbling Vireo  198  262 
Forster's Tern  199  256 
Prairie Warbler  200  253 
 Jan  Feb  Mar  Apr  May  Jun  Jul  Aug  Sep  Oct  Nov  Dec
Eastern Whip-poor-will  201  252 
Pine Siskin  202  248 
Yellow-billed Cuckoo  203  241 
Wilson's Phalarope  204  222 
Bay-breasted Warbler  205  218 
Fox Sparrow  206  203 
Tricolored Heron  207  199 
Philadelphia Vireo  208  192 
Lincoln's Sparrow  209  191 
Northern Rough-winged Swallow  210  186 
Solitary Sandpiper  211  184 
Winter Wren  212  183 
Yellow-crowned Night-Heron  213  181 
Buff-breasted Sandpiper  214  180 
Clay-colored Sparrow  214  180 
Little Blue Heron  216  168 
Barred Owl  217  161 
Cape May Warbler  217  161 
Yellow-bellied Flycatcher  219  153 
Redhead  220  151 
 Jan  Feb  Mar  Apr  May  Jun  Jul  Aug  Sep  Oct  Nov  Dec
Wood Thrush  220  151 
Lesser Black-backed Gull  222  144 
Cliff Swallow  223  138 
White-winged Crossbill  224  131 
Mourning Warbler  224  131 
Caspian Tern  226  124 
Little Gull  227  123 
Indigo Bunting  228  122 
American Avocet  229  119 
Iceland Gull  229  119 
King Rail  231  116 
Tennessee Warbler  232  113 
Wilson's Storm-Petrel  232  113 
Black Tern  234  112 
Common Gallinule  235  111 
Fish Crow  236  107 
Dickcissel  237  93/15 
Blue-winged Warbler  238  92/17 
Marbled Godwit  239  91/17 
Clapper Rail  240  89/10 
 Jan  Feb  Mar  Apr  May  Jun  Jul  Aug  Sep  Oct  Nov  Dec
Orange-crowned Warbler  241  88/16 
Black Guillemot  242  87/15 
King Eider  243  86/9 
White-eyed Vireo  243  86/16 
Red Crossbill  245  85/10 
Rusty Blackbird  246  81/16 
Nelson's Sparrow  247  77/16 
Common Nighthawk  248  74/17 
Western Grebe  249  70/6 
Yellow-breasted Chat  250  69/13 
Olive-sided Flycatcher  251  66/17 
Manx Shearwater  252  62/17 
Ring-necked Pheasant  253  60/10 
Red-shouldered Hawk  254  58/13 
Black Skimmer  255  57/9 
Connecticut Warbler  256  56/18 
Yellow-throated Vireo  257  55/15 
Lark Sparrow  258  51/14 
Hooded Warbler  258  51/16 
Great Shearwater  260  48/12 
 Jan  Feb  Mar  Apr  May  Jun  Jul  Aug  Sep  Oct  Nov  Dec
Parasitic Jaeger  261  47/15 
Glaucous Gull  261  47/13 
Vesper Sparrow  263  46/15 
Northern Goshawk  264  44/17 
Summer Tanager  265  42/11 
American Oystercatcher  266  39/15 
Eastern Bluebird  266  39/15 
Black-headed Gull  268  38/11 
Cory's Shearwater  269  37/10 
Broad-winged Hawk  269  37/14 
Dovekie  271  36/13 
Gray-cheeked Thrush  272  35/15 
Gull-billed Tern  273  34/7 
Barrow's Goldeneye  274  33/6 
Northern Saw-whet Owl  275  31/12 
Thick-billed Murre  276  30/15 
Worm-eating Warbler  277  29/12 
Arctic Tern  278  28/10 
Royal Tern  278  28/10 
Long-eared Owl  278  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 
Upland Sandpiper  293  17/8 
Sooty Shearwater  293  17/9 
Pine Grosbeak  293  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 
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 
Sandhill Crane  327  5/5 
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 
Red-necked Stint  327  5/2 
Common Ringed Plover  335  4/1 
Yellow-headed Blackbird  335  4/3 
Chuck-will's-widow  337  3/3 
Loggerhead Shrike  337  3/1 
Western Tanager  337  3/1 
Greater White-fronted Goose  340  2/1 
 Jan  Feb  Mar  Apr  May  Jun  Jul  Aug  Sep  Oct  Nov  Dec
Eared Grebe  340  2/1 
Ringed Turtle-Dove  340  2/1 
Long-tailed Jaeger  340  2/2 
Sabine's Gull  340  2/2 
Little Egret  340  2/2 
Sedge Wren  340  2/2 
Northern Wheatear  340  2/1 
Western Meadowlark  340  2/1 
Black-bellied Whistling-Duck  349 
Northern Lapwing  349 
Wilson's Plover  349 
Elegant Tern  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 
Townsend's Solitaire  349 
 Jan  Feb  Mar  Apr  May  Jun  Jul  Aug  Sep  Oct  Nov  Dec
Bicknell's Thrush  349 
Sage Thrasher  349 
Chestnut-collared Longspur  349 

Total reports are 656,587. Total sightings are 320,001.

July 18, 2019, Tom Wetmore