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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 October 29, 2020

 Species N  Jan  Feb  Mar  Apr  May  Jun  Jul  Aug  Sep  Oct  Nov  Dec
Black-bellied Whistling-Duck
Snow Goose 466 
Ross's Goose 14 
Greater White-fronted Goose 26 
Brant 952 
Cackling Goose
Canada Goose 5462 
Mute Swan 3097 
Tundra Swan
Wood Duck 380 
Blue-winged Teal 1110 
Northern Shoveler 1185 
Gadwall 4321 
Eurasian Wigeon 275 
American Wigeon 1646 
Mallard 5256 
American Black Duck 5287 
Northern Pintail 2556 
Green-winged Teal 3792 
Canvasback 20 
 Jan  Feb  Mar  Apr  May  Jun  Jul  Aug  Sep  Oct  Nov  Dec
Redhead 152 
Ring-necked Duck 309 
Greater Scaup 858 
Lesser Scaup 551 
King Eider 89 
Common Eider 3258 
Harlequin Duck 23 
Surf Scoter 1359 
White-winged Scoter 3119 
Black Scoter 2287 
Long-tailed Duck 2397 
Bufflehead 2304 
Common Goldeneye 1751 
Barrow's Goldeneye 33 
Hooded Merganser 1654 
Common Merganser 349 
Red-breasted Merganser 2808 
Ruddy Duck 513 
Wild Turkey 1878 
Ring-necked Pheasant 60 
 Jan  Feb  Mar  Apr  May  Jun  Jul  Aug  Sep  Oct  Nov  Dec
Pied-billed Grebe 695 
Horned Grebe 1919 
Red-necked Grebe 1265 
Eared Grebe
Western Grebe 70 
Rock Pigeon 3292 
Ringed Turtle-Dove
Mourning Dove 4444 
Yellow-billed Cuckoo 258 
Black-billed Cuckoo 322 
Common Nighthawk 79 
Chuck-will's-widow
Eastern Whip-poor-will 281 
Chimney Swift 515 
Ruby-throated Hummingbird 577 
Clapper Rail 92 
King Rail 116 
Virginia Rail 589 
Sora 484 
Common Gallinule 111 
 Jan  Feb  Mar  Apr  May  Jun  Jul  Aug  Sep  Oct  Nov  Dec
American Coot 345 
Black Rail 18 
Sandhill Crane
Black-necked Stilt 10 
American Avocet 157 
American Oystercatcher 41 
Northern Lapwing
Black-bellied Plover 2862 
American Golden-Plover 553 
Pacific Golden-Plover
Killdeer 2847 
Common Ringed Plover
Semipalmated Plover 2401 
Piping Plover 1712 
Wilson's Plover
Upland Sandpiper 17 
Whimbrel 641 
Black-tailed Godwit 11 
Hudsonian Godwit 340 
Marbled Godwit 96 
 Jan  Feb  Mar  Apr  May  Jun  Jul  Aug  Sep  Oct  Nov  Dec
Ruddy Turnstone 767 
Red Knot 707 
Ruff 16 
Stilt Sandpiper 772 
Curlew Sandpiper 24 
Red-necked Stint
Sanderling 2374 
Dunlin 2307 
Purple Sandpiper 384 
Baird's Sandpiper 335 
Least Sandpiper 1934 
White-rumped Sandpiper 1649 
Buff-breasted Sandpiper 196 
Pectoral Sandpiper 799 
Semipalmated Sandpiper 2399 
Western Sandpiper 324 
Short-billed Dowitcher 1827 
Long-billed Dowitcher 650 
American Woodcock 724 
Wilson's Snipe 375 
 Jan  Feb  Mar  Apr  May  Jun  Jul  Aug  Sep  Oct  Nov  Dec
Spotted Sandpiper 1302 
Solitary Sandpiper 199 
Lesser Yellowlegs 2236 
Willet 1867 
Greater Yellowlegs 3667 
Wilson's Phalarope 228 
Red-necked Phalarope 26 
Red Phalarope 24 
Pomarine Jaeger 11 
Parasitic Jaeger 52 
Long-tailed Jaeger
Dovekie 39 
Common Murre 16 
Thick-billed Murre 36 
Razorbill 738 
Black Guillemot 89 
Atlantic Puffin
Black-legged Kittiwake 363 
Sabine's Gull
Bonaparte's Gull 1491 
 Jan  Feb  Mar  Apr  May  Jun  Jul  Aug  Sep  Oct  Nov  Dec
Black-headed Gull 38 
Little Gull 123 
Laughing Gull 710 
Franklin's Gull
Ring-billed Gull 4084 
Herring Gull 5499 
Iceland Gull 124 
Lesser Black-backed Gull 172 
Glaucous Gull 48 
Great Black-backed Gull 5074 
Least Tern 1784 
Gull-billed Tern 44 
Caspian Tern 147 
Black Tern 123 
Roseate Tern 408 
Common Tern 2005 
Arctic Tern 29 
Forster's Tern 271 
Royal Tern 36 
Sandwich Tern
 Jan  Feb  Mar  Apr  May  Jun  Jul  Aug  Sep  Oct  Nov  Dec
Elegant Tern
Black Skimmer 71 
Red-throated Loon 2020 
Pacific Loon 15 
Common Loon 3625 
Wilson's Storm-Petrel 114 
Leach's Storm-Petrel 11 
Northern Fulmar
Cory's Shearwater 42 
Sooty Shearwater 19 
Great Shearwater 52 
Manx Shearwater 65 
Northern Gannet 1995 
Great Cormorant 712 
Double-crested Cormorant 3899 
Neotropic Cormorant
American White Pelican
Brown Pelican
American Bittern 653 
Least Bittern 602 
 Jan  Feb  Mar  Apr  May  Jun  Jul  Aug  Sep  Oct  Nov  Dec
Great Blue Heron 3420 
Great Egret 3640 
Little Egret
Snowy Egret 3022 
Little Blue Heron 181 
Tricolored Heron 214 
Cattle Egret 25 
Green Heron 348 
Black-crowned Night-Heron 1432 
Yellow-crowned Night-Heron 238 
White Ibis
Glossy Ibis 921 
White-faced Ibis 22 
Black Vulture
Turkey Vulture 1889 
Osprey 2822 
Golden Eagle
Northern Harrier 4366 
Sharp-shinned Hawk 911 
Cooper's Hawk 1370 
 Jan  Feb  Mar  Apr  May  Jun  Jul  Aug  Sep  Oct  Nov  Dec
Northern Goshawk 44 
Bald Eagle 1421 
Mississippi Kite
Red-shouldered Hawk 60 
Broad-winged Hawk 40 
Swainson's Hawk
Red-tailed Hawk 2223 
Rough-legged Hawk 1313 
Eastern Screech-Owl 12 
Great Horned Owl 309 
Snowy Owl 1278 
Barred Owl 162 
Long-eared Owl 31 
Short-eared Owl 529 
Northern Saw-whet Owl 37 
Belted Kingfisher 780 
Red-headed Woodpecker
Red-bellied Woodpecker 294 
Yellow-bellied Sapsucker 361 
Downy Woodpecker 3184 
 Jan  Feb  Mar  Apr  May  Jun  Jul  Aug  Sep  Oct  Nov  Dec
Hairy Woodpecker 503 
Northern Flicker 1920 
Pileated Woodpecker
American Kestrel 874 
Merlin 1767 
Gyrfalcon
Peregrine Falcon 2203 
Prairie Falcon
Monk Parakeet
Ash-throated Flycatcher 13 
Great Crested Flycatcher 835 
Western Kingbird 27 
Eastern Kingbird 2150 
Scissor-tailed Flycatcher 25 
Fork-tailed Flycatcher
Olive-sided Flycatcher 72 
Eastern Wood-Pewee 374 
Yellow-bellied Flycatcher 162 
Acadian Flycatcher 12 
Alder Flycatcher 340 
 Jan  Feb  Mar  Apr  May  Jun  Jul  Aug  Sep  Oct  Nov  Dec
Willow Flycatcher 1291 
Least Flycatcher 314 
Eastern Phoebe 1662 
Say's Phoebe
Loggerhead Shrike
Northern Shrike 732 
White-eyed Vireo 91 
Yellow-throated Vireo 58 
Blue-headed Vireo 650 
Philadelphia Vireo 219 
Warbling Vireo 284 
Red-eyed Vireo 1263 
Yellow-green Vireo
Blue Jay 4461 
American Crow 5156 
Fish Crow 124 
Common Raven 470 
Horned Lark 1295 
Bank Swallow 1109 
Tree Swallow 3028 
 Jan  Feb  Mar  Apr  May  Jun  Jul  Aug  Sep  Oct  Nov  Dec
Northern Rough-winged Swallow 198 
Purple Martin 1819 
Barn Swallow 2174 
Cliff Swallow 144 
Cave Swallow 10 
Black-capped Chickadee 5099 
Tufted Titmouse 417 
Red-breasted Nuthatch 1741 
White-breasted Nuthatch 595 
Brown Creeper 536 
House Wren 434 
Winter Wren 194 
Sedge Wren
Marsh Wren 2291 
Carolina Wren 859 
Blue-gray Gnatcatcher 308 
Golden-crowned Kinglet 1219 
Ruby-crowned Kinglet 1100 
Northern Wheatear
Eastern Bluebird 41 
 Jan  Feb  Mar  Apr  May  Jun  Jul  Aug  Sep  Oct  Nov  Dec
Townsend's Solitaire
Veery 310 
Gray-cheeked Thrush 40 
Bicknell's Thrush
Swainson's Thrush 352 
Hermit Thrush 1222 
Wood Thrush 158 
American Robin 5396 
Gray Catbird 3379 
Brown Thrasher 2571 
Sage Thrasher
Northern Mockingbird 4905 
European Starling 4598 
Bohemian Waxwing 13 
Cedar Waxwing 2798 
House Sparrow 3593 
American Pipit 567 
Evening Grosbeak
Pine Grosbeak 17 
House Finch 2765 
 Jan  Feb  Mar  Apr  May  Jun  Jul  Aug  Sep  Oct  Nov  Dec
Purple Finch 2350 
Common Redpoll 278 
Hoary Redpoll 12 
Red Crossbill 85 
White-winged Crossbill 131 
Pine Siskin 279 
American Goldfinch 4097 
Lapland Longspur 342 
Chestnut-collared Longspur
Snow Bunting 1036 
Grasshopper Sparrow 24 
Lark Sparrow 61 
Chipping Sparrow 995 
Clay-colored Sparrow 189 
Field Sparrow 1738 
Fox Sparrow 210 
American Tree Sparrow 2123 
Dark-eyed Junco 1693 
White-crowned Sparrow 547 
White-throated Sparrow 2501 
 Jan  Feb  Mar  Apr  May  Jun  Jul  Aug  Sep  Oct  Nov  Dec
Vesper Sparrow 49 
Seaside Sparrow 754 
Nelson's Sparrow 99 
Saltmarsh Sparrow 1645 
Savannah Sparrow 2540 
Song Sparrow 5024 
Lincoln's Sparrow 212 
Swamp Sparrow 1550 
Green-tailed Towhee 12 
Eastern Towhee 3134 
Yellow-breasted Chat 83 
Yellow-headed Blackbird
Bobolink 1917 
Eastern Meadowlark 593 
Western Meadowlark
Orchard Oriole 626 
Baltimore Oriole 1707 
Red-winged Blackbird 3159 
Brown-headed Cowbird 1805 
Rusty Blackbird 84 
 Jan  Feb  Mar  Apr  May  Jun  Jul  Aug  Sep  Oct  Nov  Dec
Common Grackle 2825 
Ovenbird 437 
Worm-eating Warbler 29 
Louisiana Waterthrush
Northern Waterthrush 552 
Golden-winged Warbler
Blue-winged Warbler 99 
Black-and-white Warbler 867 
Prothonotary Warbler 15 
Swainson's Warbler
Tennessee Warbler 131 
Orange-crowned Warbler 93 
Nashville Warbler 460 
Connecticut Warbler 60 
Mourning Warbler 137 
Kentucky Warbler 21 
Common Yellowthroat 2305 
Hooded Warbler 51 
American Redstart 1575 
Cape May Warbler 189 
 Jan  Feb  Mar  Apr  May  Jun  Jul  Aug  Sep  Oct  Nov  Dec
Cerulean Warbler
Northern Parula 721 
Magnolia Warbler 680 
Bay-breasted Warbler 247 
Blackburnian Warbler 359 
Yellow Warbler 2057 
Chestnut-sided Warbler 405 
Blackpoll Warbler 786 
Black-throated Blue Warbler 634 
Palm Warbler 707 
Pine Warbler 557 
Yellow-rumped Warbler 2121 
Yellow-throated Warbler 10 
Prairie Warbler 270 
Black-throated Gray Warbler
Black-throated Green Warbler 750 
Canada Warbler 332 
Wilson's Warbler 486 
Summer Tanager 43 
Scarlet Tanager 323 
 Jan  Feb  Mar  Apr  May  Jun  Jul  Aug  Sep  Oct  Nov  Dec
Western Tanager
Northern Cardinal 4538 
Rose-breasted Grosbeak 461 
Blue Grosbeak 13 
Indigo Bunting 133 
Dickcissel 105 

October 29, 2020, Tom Wetmore