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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 January 23, 2020

 Species N  Jan  Feb  Mar  Apr  May  Jun  Jul  Aug  Sep  Oct  Nov  Dec
Black-bellied Whistling-Duck
Snow Goose 463 
Ross's Goose 14 
Greater White-fronted Goose
Brant 902 
Cackling Goose
Canada Goose 5218 
Mute Swan 2966 
Tundra Swan
Wood Duck 363 
Blue-winged Teal 1082 
Northern Shoveler 1145 
Gadwall 4132 
Eurasian Wigeon 274 
American Wigeon 1593 
Mallard 5015 
American Black Duck 5060 
Northern Pintail 2454 
Green-winged Teal 3608 
Canvasback 20 
 Jan  Feb  Mar  Apr  May  Jun  Jul  Aug  Sep  Oct  Nov  Dec
Redhead 152 
Ring-necked Duck 307 
Greater Scaup 830 
Lesser Scaup 542 
King Eider 89 
Common Eider 3078 
Harlequin Duck 23 
Surf Scoter 1279 
White-winged Scoter 2969 
Black Scoter 2190 
Long-tailed Duck 2302 
Bufflehead 2221 
Common Goldeneye 1691 
Barrow's Goldeneye 33 
Hooded Merganser 1613 
Common Merganser 339 
Red-breasted Merganser 2698 
Ruddy Duck 513 
Ring-necked Pheasant 60 
Wild Turkey 1720 
 Jan  Feb  Mar  Apr  May  Jun  Jul  Aug  Sep  Oct  Nov  Dec
Pied-billed Grebe 645 
Horned Grebe 1854 
Red-necked Grebe 1239 
Eared Grebe
Western Grebe 70 
Rock Pigeon 3159 
Ringed Turtle-Dove
Mourning Dove 4215 
Yellow-billed Cuckoo 242 
Black-billed Cuckoo 313 
Common Nighthawk 75 
Chuck-will's-widow
Eastern Whip-poor-will 261 
Chimney Swift 479 
Ruby-throated Hummingbird 541 
Black Rail 18 
Clapper Rail 90 
King Rail 116 
Virginia Rail 568 
Sora 473 
 Jan  Feb  Mar  Apr  May  Jun  Jul  Aug  Sep  Oct  Nov  Dec
Common Gallinule 111 
American Coot 344 
Sandhill Crane
Black-necked Stilt 10 
American Avocet 135 
American Oystercatcher 39 
Northern Lapwing
Black-bellied Plover 2735 
American Golden-Plover 518 
Pacific Golden-Plover
Killdeer 2665 
Common Ringed Plover
Semipalmated Plover 2274 
Piping Plover 1602 
Wilson's Plover
Upland Sandpiper 17 
Whimbrel 613 
Black-tailed Godwit 11 
Hudsonian Godwit 310 
Marbled Godwit 93 
 Jan  Feb  Mar  Apr  May  Jun  Jul  Aug  Sep  Oct  Nov  Dec
Ruddy Turnstone 730 
Red Knot 654 
Ruff 16 
Stilt Sandpiper 740 
Curlew Sandpiper 24 
Red-necked Stint
Sanderling 2253 
Dunlin 2219 
Purple Sandpiper 378 
Baird's Sandpiper 323 
Least Sandpiper 1826 
White-rumped Sandpiper 1563 
Buff-breasted Sandpiper 188 
Pectoral Sandpiper 751 
Semipalmated Sandpiper 2272 
Western Sandpiper 307 
Short-billed Dowitcher 1719 
Long-billed Dowitcher 585 
American Woodcock 683 
Wilson's Snipe 364 
 Jan  Feb  Mar  Apr  May  Jun  Jul  Aug  Sep  Oct  Nov  Dec
Spotted Sandpiper 1225 
Solitary Sandpiper 189 
Lesser Yellowlegs 2099 
Willet 1772 
Greater Yellowlegs 3500 
Wilson's Phalarope 222 
Red-necked Phalarope 25 
Red Phalarope 24 
Pomarine Jaeger 11 
Parasitic Jaeger 49 
Long-tailed Jaeger
Dovekie 37 
Common Murre 15 
Thick-billed Murre 30 
Razorbill 714 
Black Guillemot 87 
Atlantic Puffin
Black-legged Kittiwake 361 
Sabine's Gull
Bonaparte's Gull 1454 
 Jan  Feb  Mar  Apr  May  Jun  Jul  Aug  Sep  Oct  Nov  Dec
Black-headed Gull 38 
Little Gull 123 
Laughing Gull 659 
Franklin's Gull
Ring-billed Gull 3896 
Herring Gull 5252 
Iceland Gull 124 
Lesser Black-backed Gull 160 
Glaucous Gull 47 
Great Black-backed Gull 4842 
Least Tern 1680 
Gull-billed Tern 44 
Caspian Tern 134 
Black Tern 114 
Roseate Tern 387 
Common Tern 1902 
Arctic Tern 28 
Forster's Tern 262 
Royal Tern 32 
Sandwich Tern
 Jan  Feb  Mar  Apr  May  Jun  Jul  Aug  Sep  Oct  Nov  Dec
Elegant Tern
Black Skimmer 66 
Red-throated Loon 1967 
Pacific Loon 15 
Common Loon 3502 
Wilson's Storm-Petrel 114 
Leach's Storm-Petrel 11 
Northern Fulmar
Cory's Shearwater 37 
Sooty Shearwater 18 
Great Shearwater 48 
Manx Shearwater 64 
Northern Gannet 1930 
Neotropic Cormorant
Double-crested Cormorant 3712 
Great Cormorant 684 
American White Pelican
Brown Pelican
American Bittern 648 
Least Bittern 535 
 Jan  Feb  Mar  Apr  May  Jun  Jul  Aug  Sep  Oct  Nov  Dec
Great Blue Heron 3256 
Great Egret 3450 
Little Egret
Snowy Egret 2874 
Little Blue Heron 170 
Tricolored Heron 199 
Cattle Egret 24 
Green Heron 310 
Black-crowned Night-Heron 1349 
Yellow-crowned Night-Heron 201 
White Ibis
Glossy Ibis 881 
White-faced Ibis 19 
Black Vulture
Turkey Vulture 1765 
Osprey 2659 
Golden Eagle
Northern Harrier 4217 
Sharp-shinned Hawk 894 
Cooper's Hawk 1297 
 Jan  Feb  Mar  Apr  May  Jun  Jul  Aug  Sep  Oct  Nov  Dec
Northern Goshawk 44 
Bald Eagle 1345 
Mississippi Kite
Red-shouldered Hawk 59 
Broad-winged Hawk 38 
Swainson's Hawk
Red-tailed Hawk 2142 
Rough-legged Hawk 1281 
Eastern Screech-Owl 12 
Great Horned Owl 306 
Snowy Owl 1242 
Barred Owl 161 
Long-eared Owl 31 
Short-eared Owl 515 
Northern Saw-whet Owl 36 
Belted Kingfisher 726 
Red-headed Woodpecker
Red-bellied Woodpecker 275 
Yellow-bellied Sapsucker 329 
Downy Woodpecker 3020 
 Jan  Feb  Mar  Apr  May  Jun  Jul  Aug  Sep  Oct  Nov  Dec
Hairy Woodpecker 489 
Northern Flicker 1799 
Pileated Woodpecker
American Kestrel 855 
Merlin 1704 
Gyrfalcon
Peregrine Falcon 2101 
Prairie Falcon
Ash-throated Flycatcher 13 
Great Crested Flycatcher 768 
Western Kingbird 27 
Eastern Kingbird 2028 
Scissor-tailed Flycatcher 25 
Fork-tailed Flycatcher
Olive-sided Flycatcher 67 
Eastern Wood-Pewee 349 
Yellow-bellied Flycatcher 156 
Acadian Flycatcher 12 
Alder Flycatcher 283 
Willow Flycatcher 1214 
 Jan  Feb  Mar  Apr  May  Jun  Jul  Aug  Sep  Oct  Nov  Dec
Least Flycatcher 293 
Eastern Phoebe 1575 
Say's Phoebe
Loggerhead Shrike
Northern Shrike 709 
White-eyed Vireo 88 
Yellow-throated Vireo 55 
Blue-headed Vireo 619 
Philadelphia Vireo 200 
Warbling Vireo 266 
Red-eyed Vireo 1168 
Yellow-green Vireo
Blue Jay 4259 
American Crow 4987 
Fish Crow 107 
Common Raven 393 
Horned Lark 1276 
Bank Swallow 1041 
Tree Swallow 2871 
Northern Rough-winged Swallow 186 
 Jan  Feb  Mar  Apr  May  Jun  Jul  Aug  Sep  Oct  Nov  Dec
Purple Martin 1714 
Barn Swallow 2043 
Cliff Swallow 140 
Cave Swallow 10 
Black-capped Chickadee 4862 
Tufted Titmouse 412 
Red-breasted Nuthatch 1667 
White-breasted Nuthatch 556 
Brown Creeper 516 
House Wren 399 
Winter Wren 191 
Sedge Wren
Marsh Wren 2161 
Carolina Wren 772 
Blue-gray Gnatcatcher 287 
Golden-crowned Kinglet 1173 
Ruby-crowned Kinglet 1059 
Northern Wheatear
Eastern Bluebird 39 
Townsend's Solitaire
 Jan  Feb  Mar  Apr  May  Jun  Jul  Aug  Sep  Oct  Nov  Dec
Veery 283 
Gray-cheeked Thrush 35 
Bicknell's Thrush
Swainson's Thrush 322 
Hermit Thrush 1163 
Wood Thrush 153 
American Robin 5157 
Gray Catbird 3201 
Brown Thrasher 2452 
Sage Thrasher
Northern Mockingbird 4675 
European Starling 4398 
Bohemian Waxwing 13 
Cedar Waxwing 2640 
House Sparrow 3416 
American Pipit 553 
Evening Grosbeak
Pine Grosbeak 17 
House Finch 2591 
Purple Finch 2224 
 Jan  Feb  Mar  Apr  May  Jun  Jul  Aug  Sep  Oct  Nov  Dec
Common Redpoll 276 
Hoary Redpoll 12 
Red Crossbill 85 
White-winged Crossbill 131 
Pine Siskin 249 
American Goldfinch 3891 
Lapland Longspur 338 
Chestnut-collared Longspur
Snow Bunting 1032 
Grasshopper Sparrow 24 
Lark Sparrow 55 
Chipping Sparrow 939 
Clay-colored Sparrow 181 
Field Sparrow 1637 
Fox Sparrow 208 
American Tree Sparrow 2071 
Dark-eyed Junco 1627 
White-crowned Sparrow 518 
White-throated Sparrow 2405 
Vesper Sparrow 47 
 Jan  Feb  Mar  Apr  May  Jun  Jul  Aug  Sep  Oct  Nov  Dec
Seaside Sparrow 731 
Nelson's Sparrow 86 
Saltmarsh Sparrow 1561 
Savannah Sparrow 2449 
Song Sparrow 4782 
Lincoln's Sparrow 196 
Swamp Sparrow 1470 
Green-tailed Towhee 12 
Eastern Towhee 2970 
Yellow-breasted Chat 83 
Yellow-headed Blackbird
Bobolink 1816 
Eastern Meadowlark 589 
Western Meadowlark
Orchard Oriole 572 
Baltimore Oriole 1607 
Red-winged Blackbird 2965 
Brown-headed Cowbird 1717 
Rusty Blackbird 81 
Common Grackle 2664 
 Jan  Feb  Mar  Apr  May  Jun  Jul  Aug  Sep  Oct  Nov  Dec
Ovenbird 418 
Worm-eating Warbler 29 
Louisiana Waterthrush
Northern Waterthrush 531 
Golden-winged Warbler
Blue-winged Warbler 92 
Black-and-white Warbler 835 
Prothonotary Warbler 15 
Swainson's Warbler
Tennessee Warbler 116 
Orange-crowned Warbler 91 
Nashville Warbler 443 
Connecticut Warbler 58 
Mourning Warbler 133 
Kentucky Warbler 20 
Common Yellowthroat 2161 
Hooded Warbler 51 
American Redstart 1494 
Cape May Warbler 168 
Cerulean Warbler
 Jan  Feb  Mar  Apr  May  Jun  Jul  Aug  Sep  Oct  Nov  Dec
Northern Parula 681 
Magnolia Warbler 656 
Bay-breasted Warbler 228 
Blackburnian Warbler 342 
Yellow Warbler 1949 
Chestnut-sided Warbler 389 
Blackpoll Warbler 754 
Black-throated Blue Warbler 606 
Palm Warbler 674 
Pine Warbler 533 
Yellow-rumped Warbler 2005 
Yellow-throated Warbler 10 
Prairie Warbler 256 
Black-throated Green Warbler 716 
Canada Warbler 324 
Wilson's Warbler 469 
Summer Tanager 42 
Scarlet Tanager 302 
Western Tanager
Northern Cardinal 4324 
 Jan  Feb  Mar  Apr  May  Jun  Jul  Aug  Sep  Oct  Nov  Dec
Rose-breasted Grosbeak 432 
Blue Grosbeak 12 
Indigo Bunting 123 
Dickcissel 97 

January 23, 2020, Tom Wetmore