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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 September 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 489 
Ross's Goose 13 
Brant 766 
Cackling Goose
Canada Goose 4454 
Mute Swan 2592 
Wood Duck 303 
Gadwall 3616 
Eurasian Wigeon 256 
American Wigeon 1370 
American Black Duck 4303 
Mallard 4265 
Blue-winged Teal 1020 
Northern Shoveler 991 
Northern Pintail 2138 
Green-winged Teal 3124 
Canvasback 18 
Redhead 151 
 Jan  Feb  Mar  Apr  May  Jun  Jul  Aug  Sep  Oct  Nov  Dec
Ring-necked Duck 257 
Greater Scaup 728 
Lesser Scaup 492 
King Eider 24 
Common Eider 2535 
Harlequin Duck 23 
Surf Scoter 1059 
White-winged Scoter 2503 
Black Scoter 1743 
Long-tailed Duck 1916 
Bufflehead 1874 
Common Goldeneye 1374 
Barrow's Goldeneye 33 
Hooded Merganser 1411 
Common Merganser 315 
Red-breasted Merganser 2281 
Ruddy Duck 472 
Ring-necked Pheasant 60 
Wild Turkey 1386 
Pied-billed Grebe 596 
 Jan  Feb  Mar  Apr  May  Jun  Jul  Aug  Sep  Oct  Nov  Dec
Horned Grebe 1592 
Red-necked Grebe 1104 
Eared Grebe
Western Grebe 70 
Rock Pigeon 2609 
Ringed Turtle-Dove
Mourning Dove 3611 
Yellow-billed Cuckoo 213 
Black-billed Cuckoo 277 
Common Nighthawk 69 
Chuck-will's-widow
Eastern Whip-poor-will 231 
Chimney Swift 438 
Ruby-throated Hummingbird 484 
Black Rail 18 
Clapper Rail 88 
King Rail 116 
Virginia Rail 546 
Sora 449 
Common Gallinule 109 
 Jan  Feb  Mar  Apr  May  Jun  Jul  Aug  Sep  Oct  Nov  Dec
American Coot 291 
Sandhill Crane
Black-necked Stilt 10 
American Avocet 117 
American Oystercatcher 30 
Northern Lapwing
Black-bellied Plover 2324 
American Golden-Plover 458 
Pacific Golden-Plover
Wilson's Plover
Common Ringed Plover
Semipalmated Plover 1929 
Piping Plover 1350 
Killdeer 2291 
Upland Sandpiper 17 
Whimbrel 550 
Black-tailed Godwit 11 
Hudsonian Godwit 271 
Marbled Godwit 80 
Ruddy Turnstone 621 
 Jan  Feb  Mar  Apr  May  Jun  Jul  Aug  Sep  Oct  Nov  Dec
Red Knot 591 
Ruff 16 
Stilt Sandpiper 642 
Curlew Sandpiper 24 
Red-necked Stint
Sanderling 1885 
Dunlin 1861 
Purple Sandpiper 314 
Baird's Sandpiper 281 
Least Sandpiper 1600 
White-rumped Sandpiper 1343 
Buff-breasted Sandpiper 169 
Pectoral Sandpiper 652 
Semipalmated Sandpiper 1940 
Western Sandpiper 254 
Short-billed Dowitcher 1486 
Long-billed Dowitcher 467 
Wilson's Snipe 346 
American Woodcock 621 
Spotted Sandpiper 1027 
 Jan  Feb  Mar  Apr  May  Jun  Jul  Aug  Sep  Oct  Nov  Dec
Solitary Sandpiper 171 
Greater Yellowlegs 3015 
Willet 1547 
Lesser Yellowlegs 1847 
Wilson's Phalarope 201 
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 598 
Black Guillemot 84 
Atlantic Puffin
Black-legged Kittiwake 357 
Sabine's Gull
Bonaparte's Gull 1339 
Black-headed Gull 38 
 Jan  Feb  Mar  Apr  May  Jun  Jul  Aug  Sep  Oct  Nov  Dec
Little Gull 120 
Laughing Gull 589 
Franklin's Gull
Ring-billed Gull 3340 
Herring Gull 4467 
Thayer's Gull
Iceland Gull 111 
Lesser Black-backed Gull 120 
Glaucous Gull 42 
Great Black-backed Gull 4129 
Least Tern 1456 
Gull-billed Tern 34 
Caspian Tern 114 
Black Tern 104 
Roseate Tern 331 
Common Tern 1682 
Arctic Tern 28 
Forster's Tern 253 
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 1710 
Pacific Loon 14 
Common Loon 2968 
Northern Fulmar
Cory's Shearwater 28 
Sooty Shearwater 17 
Great Shearwater 43 
Manx Shearwater 57 
Wilson's Storm-Petrel 91 
Leach's Storm-Petrel 11 
Northern Gannet 1668 
Double-crested Cormorant 3193 
Great Cormorant 634 
American White Pelican
Brown Pelican
American Bittern 596 
Least Bittern 473 
Great Blue Heron 2834 
 Jan  Feb  Mar  Apr  May  Jun  Jul  Aug  Sep  Oct  Nov  Dec
Great Egret 2974 
Little Egret
Snowy Egret 2508 
Little Blue Heron 155 
Tricolored Heron 179 
Cattle Egret 24 
Green Heron 291 
Black-crowned Night-Heron 1177 
Yellow-crowned Night-Heron 152 
White Ibis
Glossy Ibis 808 
White-faced Ibis 19 
Black Vulture
Turkey Vulture 1492 
Osprey 2290 
Mississippi Kite
Bald Eagle 1083 
Northern Harrier 3655 
Sharp-shinned Hawk 812 
Cooper's Hawk 1058 
 Jan  Feb  Mar  Apr  May  Jun  Jul  Aug  Sep  Oct  Nov  Dec
Northern Goshawk 43 
Red-shouldered Hawk 44 
Broad-winged Hawk 35 
Swainson's Hawk
Red-tailed Hawk 1760 
Rough-legged Hawk 1078 
Golden Eagle
Eastern Screech-Owl 10 
Great Horned Owl 275 
Snowy Owl 1009 
Barred Owl 127 
Long-eared Owl 26 
Short-eared Owl 448 
Northern Saw-whet Owl 30 
Belted Kingfisher 625 
Red-headed Woodpecker
Red-bellied Woodpecker 211 
Yellow-bellied Sapsucker 233 
Downy Woodpecker 2513 
Hairy Woodpecker 341 
 Jan  Feb  Mar  Apr  May  Jun  Jul  Aug  Sep  Oct  Nov  Dec
Northern Flicker 1511 
Pileated Woodpecker
American Kestrel 770 
Merlin 1486 
Gyrfalcon
Peregrine Falcon 1761 
Prairie Falcon
Olive-sided Flycatcher 58 
Eastern Wood-Pewee 295 
Yellow-bellied Flycatcher 138 
Acadian Flycatcher 11 
Alder Flycatcher 238 
Willow Flycatcher 1046 
Least Flycatcher 255 
Eastern Phoebe 1341 
Say's Phoebe
Ash-throated Flycatcher 11 
Great Crested Flycatcher 599 
Western Kingbird 23 
Eastern Kingbird 1768 
 Jan  Feb  Mar  Apr  May  Jun  Jul  Aug  Sep  Oct  Nov  Dec
Scissor-tailed Flycatcher 25 
Fork-tailed Flycatcher
Loggerhead Shrike
Northern Shrike 644 
White-eyed Vireo 62 
Yellow-throated Vireo 46 
Blue-headed Vireo 536 
Philadelphia Vireo 171 
Warbling Vireo 242 
Red-eyed Vireo 946 
Yellow-green Vireo
Blue Jay 3584 
American Crow 4328 
Fish Crow 83 
Common Raven 243 
Horned Lark 1150 
Purple Martin 1478 
Tree Swallow 2488 
Northern Rough-winged Swallow 163 
Bank Swallow 930 
 Jan  Feb  Mar  Apr  May  Jun  Jul  Aug  Sep  Oct  Nov  Dec
Cliff Swallow 128 
Cave Swallow 10 
Barn Swallow 1780 
Black-capped Chickadee 4102 
Tufted Titmouse 340 
Red-breasted Nuthatch 1333 
White-breasted Nuthatch 488 
Brown Creeper 471 
House Wren 378 
Winter Wren 168 
Sedge Wren
Marsh Wren 1860 
Carolina Wren 529 
Blue-gray Gnatcatcher 244 
Golden-crowned Kinglet 970 
Ruby-crowned Kinglet 895 
Northern Wheatear
Eastern Bluebird 36 
Townsend's Solitaire
Veery 243 
 Jan  Feb  Mar  Apr  May  Jun  Jul  Aug  Sep  Oct  Nov  Dec
Gray-cheeked Thrush 29 
Bicknell's Thrush
Swainson's Thrush 268 
Hermit Thrush 918 
Wood Thrush 146 
American Robin 4394 
Gray Catbird 2720 
Brown Thrasher 2157 
Sage Thrasher
Northern Mockingbird 3997 
European Starling 3769 
Bohemian Waxwing 11 
Cedar Waxwing 2262 
House Sparrow 2863 
American Pipit 488 
Pine Grosbeak 16 
House Finch 2103 
Purple Finch 1912 
Red Crossbill 83 
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 3266 
Evening Grosbeak
Lapland Longspur 312 
Chestnut-collared Longspur
Snow Bunting 879 
Ovenbird 355 
Worm-eating Warbler 27 
Louisiana Waterthrush
Northern Waterthrush 452 
Golden-winged Warbler
Blue-winged Warbler 85 
Black-and-white Warbler 741 
Prothonotary Warbler 11 
Swainson's Warbler
Tennessee Warbler 88 
Orange-crowned Warbler 74 
Nashville Warbler 386 
 Jan  Feb  Mar  Apr  May  Jun  Jul  Aug  Sep  Oct  Nov  Dec
Connecticut Warbler 50 
Mourning Warbler 114 
Kentucky Warbler 19 
Common Yellowthroat 1851 
Hooded Warbler 47 
American Redstart 1265 
Cape May Warbler 122 
Cerulean Warbler
Northern Parula 601 
Magnolia Warbler 580 
Bay-breasted Warbler 177 
Blackburnian Warbler 300 
Yellow Warbler 1701 
Chestnut-sided Warbler 338 
Blackpoll Warbler 649 
Black-throated Blue Warbler 529 
Palm Warbler 584 
Pine Warbler 397 
Yellow-rumped Warbler 1601 
Yellow-throated Warbler
 Jan  Feb  Mar  Apr  May  Jun  Jul  Aug  Sep  Oct  Nov  Dec
Prairie Warbler 225 
Black-throated Green Warbler 624 
Canada Warbler 287 
Wilson's Warbler 414 
Yellow-breasted Chat 67 
Green-tailed Towhee 12 
Eastern Towhee 2563 
American Tree Sparrow 1766 
Chipping Sparrow 782 
Clay-colored Sparrow 146 
Field Sparrow 1390 
Vesper Sparrow 40 
Lark Sparrow 48 
Savannah Sparrow 2137 
Grasshopper Sparrow 19 
Nelson's Sparrow 61 
Saltmarsh Sparrow 1324 
Seaside Sparrow 625 
Fox Sparrow 176 
Song Sparrow 4087 
 Jan  Feb  Mar  Apr  May  Jun  Jul  Aug  Sep  Oct  Nov  Dec
Lincoln's Sparrow 163 
Swamp Sparrow 1146 
White-throated Sparrow 2029 
White-crowned Sparrow 430 
Dark-eyed Junco 1359 
Summer Tanager 37 
Scarlet Tanager 274 
Western Tanager
Northern Cardinal 3642 
Rose-breasted Grosbeak 379 
Blue Grosbeak 12 
Indigo Bunting 112 
Dickcissel 76 
Bobolink 1579 
Red-winged Blackbird 2536 
Eastern Meadowlark 575 
Yellow-headed Blackbird
Rusty Blackbird 67 
Common Grackle 2312 
Brown-headed Cowbird 1492 
 Jan  Feb  Mar  Apr  May  Jun  Jul  Aug  Sep  Oct  Nov  Dec
Orchard Oriole 424 
Baltimore Oriole 1386 

September 23, 2017, Tom Wetmore