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Quarter-Month Status
Birds of Plum Island, Essex County, Massachusetts

Compiled by Tom Wetmore


This table shows the quarter-month status of the birds of Plum Island. It is based on my own data and on data collected for inclusion on the Plum Island sigthings web site.


Quarter-Month Status of the Birds of Plum Island — updated March 23, 2017

 Species N  Jan  Feb  Mar  Apr  May  Jun  Jul  Aug  Sep  Oct  Nov  Dec
Black-bellied Whistling-Duck
Greater White-fronted Goose
Snow Goose 487 
Ross's Goose 13 
Brant 739 
Cackling Goose
Canada Goose 4306 
Mute Swan 2499 
Wood Duck 298 
Gadwall 3496 
Eurasian Wigeon 256 
American Wigeon 1357 
American Black Duck 4156 
Mallard 4104 
Blue-winged Teal 1001 
Northern Shoveler 973 
Northern Pintail 2118 
Green-winged Teal 3002 
Canvasback 18 
Redhead 151 
 Jan  Feb  Mar  Apr  May  Jun  Jul  Aug  Sep  Oct  Nov  Dec
Ring-necked Duck 255 
Greater Scaup 727 
Lesser Scaup 492 
King Eider 24 
Common Eider 2436 
Harlequin Duck 23 
Surf Scoter 1055 
White-winged Scoter 2447 
Black Scoter 1688 
Long-tailed Duck 1871 
Bufflehead 1840 
Common Goldeneye 1367 
Barrow's Goldeneye 33 
Hooded Merganser 1401 
Common Merganser 311 
Red-breasted Merganser 2234 
Ruddy Duck 472 
Ring-necked Pheasant 60 
Wild Turkey 1266 
Pied-billed Grebe 578 
 Jan  Feb  Mar  Apr  May  Jun  Jul  Aug  Sep  Oct  Nov  Dec
Horned Grebe 1580 
Red-necked Grebe 1101 
Eared Grebe
Western Grebe 70 
Rock Pigeon 2503 
Ringed Turtle-Dove
Mourning Dove 3450 
Yellow-billed Cuckoo 204 
Black-billed Cuckoo 254 
Common Nighthawk 66 
Chuck-will's-widow
Eastern Whip-poor-will 221 
Chimney Swift 411 
Ruby-throated Hummingbird 465 
Black Rail 18 
Clapper Rail 88 
King Rail 115 
Virginia Rail 526 
Sora 446 
Common Gallinule 95 
 Jan  Feb  Mar  Apr  May  Jun  Jul  Aug  Sep  Oct  Nov  Dec
American Coot 291 
Sandhill Crane
Black-necked Stilt 10 
American Avocet 114 
American Oystercatcher 28 
Northern Lapwing
Black-bellied Plover 2226 
American Golden-Plover 430 
Pacific Golden-Plover
Wilson's Plover
Common Ringed Plover
Semipalmated Plover 1829 
Piping Plover 1267 
Killdeer 2145 
Upland Sandpiper 17 
Whimbrel 538 
Black-tailed Godwit 11 
Hudsonian Godwit 259 
Marbled Godwit 78 
Ruddy Turnstone 593 
 Jan  Feb  Mar  Apr  May  Jun  Jul  Aug  Sep  Oct  Nov  Dec
Red Knot 563 
Ruff 16 
Stilt Sandpiper 585 
Curlew Sandpiper 24 
Red-necked Stint
Sanderling 1832 
Dunlin 1783 
Purple Sandpiper 307 
Baird's Sandpiper 261 
Least Sandpiper 1494 
White-rumped Sandpiper 1255 
Buff-breasted Sandpiper 160 
Pectoral Sandpiper 623 
Semipalmated Sandpiper 1827 
Western Sandpiper 243 
Short-billed Dowitcher 1393 
Long-billed Dowitcher 440 
Wilson's Snipe 328 
American Woodcock 603 
Spotted Sandpiper 956 
 Jan  Feb  Mar  Apr  May  Jun  Jul  Aug  Sep  Oct  Nov  Dec
Solitary Sandpiper 162 
Greater Yellowlegs 2876 
Willet 1450 
Lesser Yellowlegs 1747 
Wilson's Phalarope 199 
Red-necked Phalarope 25 
Red Phalarope 23 
Pomarine Jaeger 11 
Parasitic Jaeger 44 
Long-tailed Jaeger
Dovekie 28 
Common Murre 13 
Thick-billed Murre 26 
Razorbill 597 
Black Guillemot 83 
Atlantic Puffin
Black-legged Kittiwake 357 
Sabine's Gull
Bonaparte's Gull 1329 
Black-headed Gull 38 
 Jan  Feb  Mar  Apr  May  Jun  Jul  Aug  Sep  Oct  Nov  Dec
Little Gull 120 
Laughing Gull 574 
Franklin's Gull
Ring-billed Gull 3245 
Herring Gull 4308 
Thayer's Gull
Iceland Gull 111 
Lesser Black-backed Gull 109 
Glaucous Gull 39 
Great Black-backed Gull 3982 
Least Tern 1367 
Gull-billed Tern 34 
Caspian Tern 112 
Black Tern 99 
Roseate Tern 315 
Common Tern 1596 
Arctic Tern 26 
Forster's Tern 251 
Royal Tern 25 
Sandwich Tern
 Jan  Feb  Mar  Apr  May  Jun  Jul  Aug  Sep  Oct  Nov  Dec
Elegant Tern
Black Skimmer 53 
Red-throated Loon 1690 
Pacific Loon 11 
Common Loon 2880 
Northern Fulmar
Cory's Shearwater 25 
Sooty Shearwater 17 
Great Shearwater 39 
Manx Shearwater 52 
Wilson's Storm-Petrel 84 
Leach's Storm-Petrel 11 
Northern Gannet 1624 
Double-crested Cormorant 3036 
Great Cormorant 633 
American White Pelican
American Bittern 593 
Least Bittern 426 
Great Blue Heron 2723 
Great Egret 2816 
 Jan  Feb  Mar  Apr  May  Jun  Jul  Aug  Sep  Oct  Nov  Dec
Little Egret
Snowy Egret 2372 
Little Blue Heron 151 
Tricolored Heron 176 
Cattle Egret 23 
Green Heron 284 
Black-crowned Night-Heron 1127 
Yellow-crowned Night-Heron 145 
White Ibis
Glossy Ibis 754 
White-faced Ibis 17 
Black Vulture
Turkey Vulture 1414 
Osprey 2135 
Mississippi Kite
Bald Eagle 1043 
Northern Harrier 3569 
Sharp-shinned Hawk 795 
Cooper's Hawk 1031 
Northern Goshawk 43 
 Jan  Feb  Mar  Apr  May  Jun  Jul  Aug  Sep  Oct  Nov  Dec
Red-shouldered Hawk 44 
Broad-winged Hawk 33 
Swainson's Hawk
Red-tailed Hawk 1713 
Rough-legged Hawk 1063 
Golden Eagle
Eastern Screech-Owl 10 
Great Horned Owl 274 
Snowy Owl 1008 
Barred Owl 124 
Long-eared Owl 26 
Short-eared Owl 446 
Northern Saw-whet Owl 30 
Belted Kingfisher 605 
Red-headed Woodpecker
Red-bellied Woodpecker 210 
Yellow-bellied Sapsucker 232 
Downy Woodpecker 2437 
Hairy Woodpecker 340 
Northern Flicker 1469 
 Jan  Feb  Mar  Apr  May  Jun  Jul  Aug  Sep  Oct  Nov  Dec
Pileated Woodpecker
Eurasian Kestrel
American Kestrel 739 
Merlin 1429 
Gyrfalcon
Peregrine Falcon 1701 
Prairie Falcon
Olive-sided Flycatcher 55 
Eastern Wood-Pewee 281 
Yellow-bellied Flycatcher 132 
Acadian Flycatcher 10 
Alder Flycatcher 228 
Willow Flycatcher 983 
Least Flycatcher 244 
Eastern Phoebe 1287 
Say's Phoebe
Ash-throated Flycatcher 11 
Great Crested Flycatcher 544 
Western Kingbird 23 
Eastern Kingbird 1656 
 Jan  Feb  Mar  Apr  May  Jun  Jul  Aug  Sep  Oct  Nov  Dec
Scissor-tailed Flycatcher 25 
Fork-tailed Flycatcher
Loggerhead Shrike
Northern Shrike 637 
White-eyed Vireo 56 
Yellow-throated Vireo 45 
Blue-headed Vireo 518 
Philadelphia Vireo 169 
Warbling Vireo 234 
Red-eyed Vireo 885 
Yellow-green Vireo
Blue Jay 3433 
American Crow 4179 
Fish Crow 75 
Common Raven 227 
Horned Lark 1145 
Purple Martin 1371 
Tree Swallow 2333 
Northern Rough-winged Swallow 158 
Bank Swallow 879 
 Jan  Feb  Mar  Apr  May  Jun  Jul  Aug  Sep  Oct  Nov  Dec
Cliff Swallow 122 
Cave Swallow 10 
Barn Swallow 1651 
Black-capped Chickadee 3947 
Tufted Titmouse 326 
Red-breasted Nuthatch 1290 
White-breasted Nuthatch 481 
Brown Creeper 460 
House Wren 367 
Winter Wren 167 
Sedge Wren
Marsh Wren 1754 
Carolina Wren 529 
Blue-gray Gnatcatcher 228 
Golden-crowned Kinglet 958 
Ruby-crowned Kinglet 855 
Northern Wheatear
Eastern Bluebird 33 
Townsend's Solitaire
Veery 236 
 Jan  Feb  Mar  Apr  May  Jun  Jul  Aug  Sep  Oct  Nov  Dec
Gray-cheeked Thrush 27 
Bicknell's Thrush
Swainson's Thrush 257 
Hermit Thrush 901 
Wood Thrush 142 
American Robin 4230 
Gray Catbird 2587 
Brown Thrasher 2042 
Sage Thrasher
Northern Mockingbird 3850 
European Starling 3615 
Bohemian Waxwing 11 
Cedar Waxwing 2149 
House Sparrow 2715 
American Pipit 485 
Pine Grosbeak 16 
House Finch 1989 
Purple Finch 1806 
Red Crossbill 74 
White-winged Crossbill 131 
 Jan  Feb  Mar  Apr  May  Jun  Jul  Aug  Sep  Oct  Nov  Dec
Common Redpoll 253 
Hoary Redpoll 12 
Pine Siskin 225 
American Goldfinch 3111 
Evening Grosbeak
Lapland Longspur 312 
Chestnut-collared Longspur
Snow Bunting 878 
Ovenbird 343 
Worm-eating Warbler 26 
Louisiana Waterthrush
Northern Waterthrush 428 
Golden-winged Warbler
Blue-winged Warbler 80 
Black-and-white Warbler 707 
Prothonotary Warbler 10 
Swainson's Warbler
Tennessee Warbler 87 
Orange-crowned Warbler 74 
Nashville Warbler 379 
 Jan  Feb  Mar  Apr  May  Jun  Jul  Aug  Sep  Oct  Nov  Dec
Connecticut Warbler 49 
Mourning Warbler 113 
Kentucky Warbler 19 
Common Yellowthroat 1736 
Hooded Warbler 45 
American Redstart 1175 
Cape May Warbler 117 
Cerulean Warbler
Northern Parula 571 
Magnolia Warbler 554 
Bay-breasted Warbler 171 
Blackburnian Warbler 287 
Yellow Warbler 1598 
Chestnut-sided Warbler 328 
Blackpoll Warbler 625 
Black-throated Blue Warbler 510 
Palm Warbler 564 
Pine Warbler 368 
Yellow-rumped Warbler 1575 
Yellow-throated Warbler
 Jan  Feb  Mar  Apr  May  Jun  Jul  Aug  Sep  Oct  Nov  Dec
Prairie Warbler 213 
Black-throated Green Warbler 594 
Canada Warbler 275 
Wilson's Warbler 402 
Yellow-breasted Chat 67 
Green-tailed Towhee 12 
Eastern Towhee 2417 
American Tree Sparrow 1756 
Chipping Sparrow 754 
Clay-colored Sparrow 138 
Field Sparrow 1326 
Vesper Sparrow 38 
Lark Sparrow 46 
Savannah Sparrow 2049 
Grasshopper Sparrow 19 
Nelson's Sparrow 60 
Saltmarsh Sparrow 1243 
Seaside Sparrow 583 
Fox Sparrow 173 
Song Sparrow 3924 
 Jan  Feb  Mar  Apr  May  Jun  Jul  Aug  Sep  Oct  Nov  Dec
Lincoln's Sparrow 160 
Swamp Sparrow 1094 
White-throated Sparrow 1997 
White-crowned Sparrow 418 
Dark-eyed Junco 1340 
Summer Tanager 37 
Scarlet Tanager 261 
Western Tanager
Northern Cardinal 3506 
Rose-breasted Grosbeak 360 
Blue Grosbeak 12 
Indigo Bunting 106 
Dickcissel 70 
Bobolink 1469 
Red-winged Blackbird 2396 
Eastern Meadowlark 572 
Yellow-headed Blackbird
Rusty Blackbird 66 
Common Grackle 2176 
Brown-headed Cowbird 1402 
 Jan  Feb  Mar  Apr  May  Jun  Jul  Aug  Sep  Oct  Nov  Dec
Orchard Oriole 364 
Baltimore Oriole 1291 

March 23, 2017, Tom Wetmore