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Quarter-Month Status
Birds of Plum Island, Essex County, Massachusetts
Ordered by Number of Sightings

Compiled by Tom Wetmore


This table shows the quarter-month status of the birds of Plum Island. It is based primarily on data I have collected over the past five years. The species are listed in the order of their numbers of sightings. The column labeled ‘n’ orders the species. The column labeled ‘N’ shows the number of different days that each species has been reported on the island over the period of data collection. Birds that have been seen between two and 99 times have a second number in their ‘N’ column. This is the number of years that the species has been seen recorded. Cells in these two columns may be colored. Red cells indicate species that just moved up in the ordering. Blue cells indicate species that just moved down. Yellow cells indicate species that were seen on the last day of sightings.


Quarter-Month Status of the Birds of Plum Island — updated December 14, 2017

 Species n N  Jan  Feb  Mar  Apr  May  Jun  Jul  Aug  Sep  Oct  Nov  Dec
Herring Gull  1  4543 
Canada Goose  2  4529 
American Robin  3  4468 
American Crow  4  4402 
American Black Duck  5  4380 
Mallard  6  4340 
Great Black-backed Gull  7  4200 
Black-capped Chickadee  8  4176 
Song Sparrow  9  4159 
Northern Mockingbird  10  4067 
European Starling  11  3821 
Northern Harrier  12  3728 
Northern Cardinal  13  3706 
Gadwall  14  3671 
Mourning Dove  15  3657 
Blue Jay  16  3651 
Ring-billed Gull  17  3411 
American Goldfinch  18  3330 
Double-crested Cormorant  19  3254 
Green-winged Teal  20  3187 
 Jan  Feb  Mar  Apr  May  Jun  Jul  Aug  Sep  Oct  Nov  Dec
Greater Yellowlegs  21  3078 
Common Loon  22  3035 
Great Egret  23  3014 
House Sparrow  24  2908 
Great Blue Heron  25  2888 
Gray Catbird  26  2769 
Rock Pigeon  27  2678 
Mute Swan  28  2626 
Common Eider  29  2601 
Eastern Towhee  30  2590 
Downy Woodpecker  31  2574 
White-winged Scoter  32  2569 
Red-winged Blackbird  33  2560 
Snowy Egret  34  2533 
Tree Swallow  35  2496 
Black-bellied Plover  36  2390 
Red-breasted Merganser  37  2335 
Common Grackle  38  2315 
Killdeer  39  2303 
Osprey  40  2297 
 Jan  Feb  Mar  Apr  May  Jun  Jul  Aug  Sep  Oct  Nov  Dec
Cedar Waxwing  41  2293 
Northern Pintail  42  2208 
Savannah Sparrow  43  2179 
Brown Thrasher  44  2174 
House Finch  45  2148 
White-throated Sparrow  46  2097 
Semipalmated Plover  47  1972 
Semipalmated Sandpiper  48  1965 
Long-tailed Duck  49  1960 
Sanderling  50  1937 
Dunlin  51  1932 
Purple Finch  51  1932 
Bufflehead  53  1907 
Marsh Wren  54  1877 
Common Yellowthroat  55  1870 
Lesser Yellowlegs  56  1858 
Peregrine Falcon  57  1812 
Red-tailed Hawk  58  1799 
American Tree Sparrow  59  1798 
Black Scoter  60  1795 
 Jan  Feb  Mar  Apr  May  Jun  Jul  Aug  Sep  Oct  Nov  Dec
Barn Swallow  61  1781 
Eastern Kingbird  62  1768 
Red-throated Loon  63  1763 
Northern Gannet  64  1724 
Yellow Warbler  65  1707 
Common Tern  66  1684 
Yellow-rumped Warbler  67  1672 
Horned Grebe  68  1617 
Least Sandpiper  69  1605 
Bobolink  70  1580 
Willet  71  1547 
Northern Flicker  72  1546 
Merlin  73  1520 
Turkey Vulture  74  1517 
Short-billed Dowitcher  75  1501 
Brown-headed Cowbird  76  1492 
Purple Martin  77  1478 
Least Tern  78  1456 
Hooded Merganser  79  1445 
American Wigeon  80  1432 
 Jan  Feb  Mar  Apr  May  Jun  Jul  Aug  Sep  Oct  Nov  Dec
Field Sparrow  81  1406 
Dark-eyed Junco  82  1405 
Wild Turkey  83  1398 
Baltimore Oriole  84  1391 
White-rumped Sandpiper  85  1389 
Common Goldeneye  86  1388 
Bonaparte's Gull  87  1371 
Eastern Phoebe  88  1369 
Piping Plover  89  1353 
Red-breasted Nuthatch  89  1353 
Saltmarsh Sparrow  91  1338 
American Redstart  92  1275 
Black-crowned Night-Heron  93  1187 
Horned Lark  94  1172 
Swamp Sparrow  95  1171 
Red-necked Grebe  96  1129 
Bald Eagle  97  1112 
Surf Scoter  98  1097 
Rough-legged Hawk  99  1095 
Cooper's Hawk  100  1087 
 Jan  Feb  Mar  Apr  May  Jun  Jul  Aug  Sep  Oct  Nov  Dec
Willow Flycatcher  101  1046 
Spotted Sandpiper  102  1029 
Golden-crowned Kinglet  103  1028 
Blue-winged Teal  104  1027 
Snowy Owl  104  1027 
Northern Shoveler  106  1005 
Red-eyed Vireo  107  966 
Hermit Thrush  108  959 
Ruby-crowned Kinglet  109  931 
Bank Swallow  110  930 
Snow Bunting  111  906 
Sharp-shinned Hawk  112  824 
Glossy Ibis  113  810 
Chipping Sparrow  114  804 
Brant  115  783 
American Kestrel  116  770 
Black-and-white Warbler  117  749 
Greater Scaup  118  740 
Stilt Sandpiper  119  665 
Blackpoll Warbler  119  665 
 Jan  Feb  Mar  Apr  May  Jun  Jul  Aug  Sep  Oct  Nov  Dec
Pectoral Sandpiper  121  662 
Northern Shrike  122  644 
Great Cormorant  123  637 
Belted Kingfisher  123  637 
Black-throated Green Warbler  125  636 
American Woodcock  126  630 
Seaside Sparrow  126  630 
Ruddy Turnstone  128  622 
Razorbill  129  619 
Northern Parula  130  610 
American Bittern  131  607 
Palm Warbler  132  604 
Pied-billed Grebe  133  602 
Great Crested Flycatcher  134  599 
Laughing Gull  135  597 
Red Knot  136  595 
Magnolia Warbler  137  588 
Eastern Meadowlark  138  577 
Whimbrel  139  554 
Blue-headed Vireo  139  554 
 Jan  Feb  Mar  Apr  May  Jun  Jul  Aug  Sep  Oct  Nov  Dec
Virginia Rail  141  546 
Black-throated Blue Warbler  142  538 
Carolina Wren  143  530 
Lesser Scaup  144  502 
American Pipit  145  500 
Snow Goose  146  491 
White-breasted Nuthatch  147  489 
Ruby-throated Hummingbird  148  484 
Long-billed Dowitcher  149  477 
Brown Creeper  150  475 
Ruddy Duck  151  473 
Least Bittern  151  473 
American Golden-Plover  153  469 
Northern Waterthrush  154  459 
Short-eared Owl  155  458 
Sora  156  449 
White-crowned Sparrow  157  447 
Chimney Swift  158  438 
Orchard Oriole  159  425 
Wilson's Warbler  160  424 
 Jan  Feb  Mar  Apr  May  Jun  Jul  Aug  Sep  Oct  Nov  Dec
Pine Warbler  161  398 
Nashville Warbler  162  397 
Rose-breasted Grosbeak  163  383 
House Wren  164  379 
Ovenbird  165  360 
Black-legged Kittiwake  166  358 
Wilson's Snipe  167  353 
Tufted Titmouse  168  349 
Hairy Woodpecker  169  342 
Chestnut-sided Warbler  170  340 
Roseate Tern  171  331 
Lapland Longspur  172  322 
Purple Sandpiper  173  316 
Common Merganser  174  315 
Wood Duck  175  308 
American Coot  176  303 
Blackburnian Warbler  177  301 
Eastern Wood-Pewee  178  295 
Green Heron  179  291 
Canada Warbler  180  289 
 Jan  Feb  Mar  Apr  May  Jun  Jul  Aug  Sep  Oct  Nov  Dec
Great Horned Owl  181  283 
Baird's Sandpiper  182  281 
Black-billed Cuckoo  183  278 
Scarlet Tanager  184  276 
Hudsonian Godwit  185  274 
Swainson's Thrush  186  272 
Yellow-bellied Sapsucker  187  269 
Ring-necked Duck  188  259 
Common Raven  189  258 
Eurasian Wigeon  190  257 
Western Sandpiper  191  256 
Least Flycatcher  191  256 
Forster's Tern  193  254 
Common Redpoll  194  253 
Veery  195  248 
Blue-gray Gnatcatcher  196  246 
Warbling Vireo  197  243 
Alder Flycatcher  198  238 
Eastern Whip-poor-will  199  232 
Prairie Warbler  200  227 
 Jan  Feb  Mar  Apr  May  Jun  Jul  Aug  Sep  Oct  Nov  Dec
Pine Siskin  201  225 
Yellow-billed Cuckoo  202  213 
Red-bellied Woodpecker  202  213 
Wilson's Phalarope  204  202 
Tricolored Heron  205  179 
Bay-breasted Warbler  205  179 
Fox Sparrow  207  176 
Philadelphia Vireo  208  175 
Solitary Sandpiper  209  172 
Winter Wren  210  170 
Buff-breasted Sandpiper  211  169 
Lincoln's Sparrow  211  169 
Northern Rough-winged Swallow  213  163 
Clay-colored Sparrow  214  160 
Little Blue Heron  215  156 
Yellow-crowned Night-Heron  216  154 
Redhead  217  151 
Wood Thrush  218  146 
Yellow-bellied Flycatcher  219  138 
Barred Owl  220  133 
 Jan  Feb  Mar  Apr  May  Jun  Jul  Aug  Sep  Oct  Nov  Dec
White-winged Crossbill  221  131 
Cape May Warbler  222  129 
Cliff Swallow  223  128 
Lesser Black-backed Gull  224  123 
Little Gull  225  120 
American Avocet  226  117 
King Rail  227  116 
Caspian Tern  228  115 
Mourning Warbler  229  114 
Indigo Bunting  229  114 
Iceland Gull  231  111 
Common Gallinule  232  109 
Black Tern  233  104 
Wilson's Storm-Petrel  234  91/15 
Tennessee Warbler  234  91/15 
Clapper Rail  236  88/9 
Black Guillemot  237  85/14 
Fish Crow  237  85/14 
Blue-winged Warbler  237  85/15 
Red Crossbill  240  83/8 
 Jan  Feb  Mar  Apr  May  Jun  Jul  Aug  Sep  Oct  Nov  Dec
Orange-crowned Warbler  241  81/15 
Dickcissel  241  81/14 
Marbled Godwit  243  80/15 
White-eyed Vireo  244  75/14 
Western Grebe  245  70/6 
Common Nighthawk  246  69/15 
Nelson's Sparrow  246  69/15 
Yellow-breasted Chat  248  67/12 
Rusty Blackbird  248  67/15 
Ring-necked Pheasant  250  60/10 
Olive-sided Flycatcher  251  58/15 
Manx Shearwater  252  57/15 
Connecticut Warbler  253  54/17 
Black Skimmer  254  53/8 
Lark Sparrow  255  50/13 
Hooded Warbler  256  49/15 
Yellow-throated Vireo  257  48/14 
Parasitic Jaeger  258  45/13 
Great Shearwater  258  45/11 
Red-shouldered Hawk  260  44/11 
 Jan  Feb  Mar  Apr  May  Jun  Jul  Aug  Sep  Oct  Nov  Dec
Northern Goshawk  261  43/16 
Glaucous Gull  262  42/11 
Vesper Sparrow  263  40/13 
Black-headed Gull  264  38/11 
Summer Tanager  265  37/9 
Eastern Bluebird  266  36/14 
Broad-winged Hawk  267  35/13 
Gull-billed Tern  268  34/7 
Cory's Shearwater  268  34/9 
Barrow's Goldeneye  270  33/6 
Northern Saw-whet Owl  271  31/12 
Gray-cheeked Thrush  271  31/13 
American Oystercatcher  273  30/13 
Dovekie  274  28/12 
Arctic Tern  274  28/10 
Worm-eating Warbler  276  27/11 
Thick-billed Murre  277  26/13 
Long-eared Owl  277  26/11 
Red-necked Phalarope  279  25/9 
Royal Tern  279  25/8 
 Jan  Feb  Mar  Apr  May  Jun  Jul  Aug  Sep  Oct  Nov  Dec
Scissor-tailed Flycatcher  279  25/2 
King Eider  282  24/7 
Curlew Sandpiper  282  24/5 
Cattle Egret  282  24/7 
Harlequin Duck  285  23/8 
Red Phalarope  285  23/6 
Western Kingbird  285  23/7 
White-faced Ibis  288  19/6 
Kentucky Warbler  288  19/8 
Grasshopper Sparrow  288  19/7 
Canvasback  291  18/6 
Black Rail  291  18/1 
Upland Sandpiper  293  17/8 
Sooty Shearwater  293  17/9 
Ruff  295  16/8 
Pine Grosbeak  295  16/4 
Pacific Loon  297  14/5 
Ross's Goose  298  13/3 
Common Murre  298  13/7 
Hoary Redpoll  300  12/6 
 Jan  Feb  Mar  Apr  May  Jun  Jul  Aug  Sep  Oct  Nov  Dec
Green-tailed Towhee  300  12/1 
Blue Grosbeak  300  12/4 
Black-tailed Godwit  303  11/1 
Pomarine Jaeger  303  11/7 
Leach's Storm-Petrel  303  11/7 
Acadian Flycatcher  303  11/9 
Ash-throated Flycatcher  303  11/2 
Bohemian Waxwing  303  11/6 
Prothonotary Warbler  303  11/8 
Black-necked Stilt  310  10/2 
Eastern Screech-Owl  310  10/6 
Cave Swallow  310  10/6 
Cackling Goose  313  8/3 
Black Vulture  313  8/6 
Louisiana Waterthrush  313  8/8 
Yellow-throated Warbler  313  8/4 
Red-headed Woodpecker  317  7/4 
Gyrfalcon  317  7/5 
Golden-winged Warbler  317  7/4 
Swainson's Warbler  317  7/1 
 Jan  Feb  Mar  Apr  May  Jun  Jul  Aug  Sep  Oct  Nov  Dec
Cerulean Warbler  317  7/5 
Sandwich Tern  322  6/2 
American White Pelican  322  6/5 
Pacific Golden-Plover  324  5/1 
Atlantic Puffin  324  5/3 
Franklin's Gull  324  5/4 
Thayer's Gull  324  5/1 
Northern Fulmar  324  5/3 
Brown Pelican  324  5/1 
Say's Phoebe  324  5/3 
Sandhill Crane  331  4/4 
Common Ringed Plover  331  4/1 
Golden Eagle  331  4/3 
Evening Grosbeak  331  4/3 
Loggerhead Shrike  335  3/1 
Western Tanager  335  3/1 
Greater White-fronted Goose  337  2/1 
Eared Grebe  337  2/1 
Ringed Turtle-Dove  337  2/1 
Chuck-will's-widow  337  2/2 
 Jan  Feb  Mar  Apr  May  Jun  Jul  Aug  Sep  Oct  Nov  Dec
Red-necked Stint  337  2/1 
Long-tailed Jaeger  337  2/2 
Sabine's Gull  337  2/2 
Sedge Wren  337  2/2 
Northern Wheatear  337  2/1 
Western Meadowlark  337  2/1 
Yellow-headed Blackbird  337  2/2 
Black-bellied Whistling-Duck  348 
Northern Lapwing  348 
Wilson's Plover  348 
Elegant Tern  348 
Little Egret  348 
White Ibis  348 
Mississippi Kite  348 
Swainson's Hawk  348 
Pileated Woodpecker  348 
Prairie Falcon  348 
Fork-tailed Flycatcher  348 
Yellow-green Vireo  348 
Townsend's Solitaire  348 
 Jan  Feb  Mar  Apr  May  Jun  Jul  Aug  Sep  Oct  Nov  Dec
Bicknell's Thrush  348 
Sage Thrasher  348 
Chestnut-collared Longspur  348 

Total reports are 595,792. Total sightings are 287,513.

December 14, 2017, Tom Wetmore