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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 November 19, 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 490 
Ross's Goose 13 
Brant 783 
Cackling Goose
Canada Goose 4507 
Mute Swan 2619 
Wood Duck 308 
Gadwall 3649 
Eurasian Wigeon 257 
American Wigeon 1416 
American Black Duck 4358 
Mallard 4318 
Blue-winged Teal 1026 
Northern Shoveler 1000 
Northern Pintail 2187 
Green-winged Teal 3174 
Canvasback 18 
Redhead 151 
 Jan  Feb  Mar  Apr  May  Jun  Jul  Aug  Sep  Oct  Nov  Dec
Ring-necked Duck 259 
Greater Scaup 738 
Lesser Scaup 502 
King Eider 24 
Common Eider 2582 
Harlequin Duck 23 
Surf Scoter 1088 
White-winged Scoter 2549 
Black Scoter 1777 
Long-tailed Duck 1942 
Bufflehead 1891 
Common Goldeneye 1375 
Barrow's Goldeneye 33 
Hooded Merganser 1428 
Common Merganser 315 
Red-breasted Merganser 2317 
Ruddy Duck 473 
Ring-necked Pheasant 60 
Wild Turkey 1396 
Pied-billed Grebe 602 
 Jan  Feb  Mar  Apr  May  Jun  Jul  Aug  Sep  Oct  Nov  Dec
Horned Grebe 1606 
Red-necked Grebe 1114 
Eared Grebe
Western Grebe 70 
Rock Pigeon 2658 
Ringed Turtle-Dove
Mourning Dove 3643 
Yellow-billed Cuckoo 213 
Black-billed Cuckoo 278 
Common Nighthawk 69 
Chuck-will's-widow
Eastern Whip-poor-will 232 
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 296 
Sandhill Crane
Black-necked Stilt 10 
American Avocet 117 
American Oystercatcher 30 
Northern Lapwing
Black-bellied Plover 2377 
American Golden-Plover 469 
Pacific Golden-Plover
Wilson's Plover
Common Ringed Plover
Semipalmated Plover 1969 
Piping Plover 1353 
Killdeer 2303 
Upland Sandpiper 17 
Whimbrel 554 
Black-tailed Godwit 11 
Hudsonian Godwit 274 
Marbled Godwit 80 
Ruddy Turnstone 622 
 Jan  Feb  Mar  Apr  May  Jun  Jul  Aug  Sep  Oct  Nov  Dec
Red Knot 595 
Ruff 16 
Stilt Sandpiper 663 
Curlew Sandpiper 24 
Red-necked Stint
Sanderling 1922 
Dunlin 1913 
Purple Sandpiper 315 
Baird's Sandpiper 281 
Least Sandpiper 1605 
White-rumped Sandpiper 1377 
Buff-breasted Sandpiper 169 
Pectoral Sandpiper 662 
Semipalmated Sandpiper 1965 
Western Sandpiper 256 
Short-billed Dowitcher 1501 
Long-billed Dowitcher 477 
Wilson's Snipe 353 
American Woodcock 630 
Spotted Sandpiper 1029 
 Jan  Feb  Mar  Apr  May  Jun  Jul  Aug  Sep  Oct  Nov  Dec
Solitary Sandpiper 172 
Greater Yellowlegs 3069 
Willet 1547 
Lesser Yellowlegs 1858 
Wilson's Phalarope 202 
Red-necked Phalarope 25 
Red Phalarope 23 
Pomarine Jaeger 11 
Parasitic Jaeger 45 
Long-tailed Jaeger
Dovekie 28 
Common Murre 13 
Thick-billed Murre 26 
Razorbill 601 
Black Guillemot 85 
Atlantic Puffin
Black-legged Kittiwake 357 
Sabine's Gull
Bonaparte's Gull 1361 
Black-headed Gull 38 
 Jan  Feb  Mar  Apr  May  Jun  Jul  Aug  Sep  Oct  Nov  Dec
Little Gull 120 
Laughing Gull 597 
Franklin's Gull
Ring-billed Gull 3391 
Herring Gull 4521 
Thayer's Gull
Iceland Gull 111 
Lesser Black-backed Gull 123 
Glaucous Gull 42 
Great Black-backed Gull 4180 
Least Tern 1456 
Gull-billed Tern 34 
Caspian Tern 115 
Black Tern 104 
Roseate Tern 331 
Common Tern 1684 
Arctic Tern 28 
Forster's Tern 254 
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 1743 
Pacific Loon 14 
Common Loon 3014 
Northern Fulmar
Cory's Shearwater 34 
Sooty Shearwater 17 
Great Shearwater 45 
Manx Shearwater 57 
Wilson's Storm-Petrel 91 
Leach's Storm-Petrel 11 
Northern Gannet 1711 
Double-crested Cormorant 3245 
Great Cormorant 637 
American White Pelican
Brown Pelican
American Bittern 606 
Least Bittern 473 
Great Blue Heron 2880 
 Jan  Feb  Mar  Apr  May  Jun  Jul  Aug  Sep  Oct  Nov  Dec
Great Egret 3014 
Little Egret
Snowy Egret 2533 
Little Blue Heron 156 
Tricolored Heron 179 
Cattle Egret 24 
Green Heron 291 
Black-crowned Night-Heron 1187 
Yellow-crowned Night-Heron 154 
White Ibis
Glossy Ibis 810 
White-faced Ibis 19 
Black Vulture
Turkey Vulture 1517 
Osprey 2297 
Mississippi Kite
Bald Eagle 1103 
Northern Harrier 3708 
Sharp-shinned Hawk 824 
Cooper's Hawk 1079 
 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 1782 
Rough-legged Hawk 1083 
Golden Eagle
Eastern Screech-Owl 10 
Great Horned Owl 282 
Snowy Owl 1011 
Barred Owl 131 
Long-eared Owl 26 
Short-eared Owl 452 
Northern Saw-whet Owl 31 
Belted Kingfisher 637 
Red-headed Woodpecker
Red-bellied Woodpecker 213 
Yellow-bellied Sapsucker 256 
Downy Woodpecker 2556 
Hairy Woodpecker 342 
 Jan  Feb  Mar  Apr  May  Jun  Jul  Aug  Sep  Oct  Nov  Dec
Northern Flicker 1544 
Pileated Woodpecker
American Kestrel 770 
Merlin 1513 
Gyrfalcon
Peregrine Falcon 1796 
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 256 
Eastern Phoebe 1364 
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 66 
Yellow-throated Vireo 48 
Blue-headed Vireo 554 
Philadelphia Vireo 175 
Warbling Vireo 243 
Red-eyed Vireo 966 
Yellow-green Vireo
Blue Jay 3633 
American Crow 4380 
Fish Crow 84 
Common Raven 256 
Horned Lark 1162 
Purple Martin 1478 
Tree Swallow 2496 
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 1781 
Black-capped Chickadee 4155 
Tufted Titmouse 346 
Red-breasted Nuthatch 1337 
White-breasted Nuthatch 489 
Brown Creeper 475 
House Wren 379 
Winter Wren 170 
Sedge Wren
Marsh Wren 1877 
Carolina Wren 530 
Blue-gray Gnatcatcher 246 
Golden-crowned Kinglet 1013 
Ruby-crowned Kinglet 920 
Northern Wheatear
Eastern Bluebird 36 
Townsend's Solitaire
Veery 248 
 Jan  Feb  Mar  Apr  May  Jun  Jul  Aug  Sep  Oct  Nov  Dec
Gray-cheeked Thrush 31 
Bicknell's Thrush
Swainson's Thrush 272 
Hermit Thrush 940 
Wood Thrush 146 
American Robin 4446 
Gray Catbird 2751 
Brown Thrasher 2174 
Sage Thrasher
Northern Mockingbird 4047 
European Starling 3809 
Bohemian Waxwing 11 
Cedar Waxwing 2292 
House Sparrow 2899 
American Pipit 500 
Pine Grosbeak 16 
House Finch 2133 
Purple Finch 1932 
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 3308 
Evening Grosbeak
Lapland Longspur 320 
Chestnut-collared Longspur
Snow Bunting 893 
Ovenbird 360 
Worm-eating Warbler 27 
Louisiana Waterthrush
Northern Waterthrush 459 
Golden-winged Warbler
Blue-winged Warbler 85 
Black-and-white Warbler 749 
Prothonotary Warbler 11 
Swainson's Warbler
Tennessee Warbler 90 
Orange-crowned Warbler 79 
Nashville Warbler 397 
 Jan  Feb  Mar  Apr  May  Jun  Jul  Aug  Sep  Oct  Nov  Dec
Connecticut Warbler 54 
Mourning Warbler 114 
Kentucky Warbler 19 
Common Yellowthroat 1869 
Hooded Warbler 49 
American Redstart 1275 
Cape May Warbler 127 
Cerulean Warbler
Northern Parula 610 
Magnolia Warbler 588 
Bay-breasted Warbler 179 
Blackburnian Warbler 301 
Yellow Warbler 1707 
Chestnut-sided Warbler 340 
Blackpoll Warbler 665 
Black-throated Blue Warbler 538 
Palm Warbler 602 
Pine Warbler 398 
Yellow-rumped Warbler 1651 
Yellow-throated Warbler
 Jan  Feb  Mar  Apr  May  Jun  Jul  Aug  Sep  Oct  Nov  Dec
Prairie Warbler 227 
Black-throated Green Warbler 636 
Canada Warbler 289 
Wilson's Warbler 424 
Yellow-breasted Chat 67 
Green-tailed Towhee 12 
Eastern Towhee 2589 
American Tree Sparrow 1776 
Chipping Sparrow 800 
Clay-colored Sparrow 160 
Field Sparrow 1406 
Vesper Sparrow 40 
Lark Sparrow 50 
Savannah Sparrow 2177 
Grasshopper Sparrow 19 
Nelson's Sparrow 69 
Saltmarsh Sparrow 1338 
Seaside Sparrow 630 
Fox Sparrow 176 
Song Sparrow 4140 
 Jan  Feb  Mar  Apr  May  Jun  Jul  Aug  Sep  Oct  Nov  Dec
Lincoln's Sparrow 169 
Swamp Sparrow 1171 
White-throated Sparrow 2075 
White-crowned Sparrow 447 
Dark-eyed Junco 1391 
Summer Tanager 37 
Scarlet Tanager 276 
Western Tanager
Northern Cardinal 3685 
Rose-breasted Grosbeak 383 
Blue Grosbeak 12 
Indigo Bunting 114 
Dickcissel 81 
Bobolink 1580 
Red-winged Blackbird 2554 
Eastern Meadowlark 577 
Yellow-headed Blackbird
Rusty Blackbird 67 
Common Grackle 2315 
Brown-headed Cowbird 1492 
 Jan  Feb  Mar  Apr  May  Jun  Jul  Aug  Sep  Oct  Nov  Dec
Orchard Oriole 425 
Baltimore Oriole 1391 

November 19, 2017, Tom Wetmore