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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 October 20, 2017

 Species n N  Jan  Feb  Mar  Apr  May  Jun  Jul  Aug  Sep  Oct  Nov  Dec
Herring Gull  1  4494 
Canada Goose  2  4480 
American Robin  3  4423 
American Crow  4  4355 
American Black Duck  5  4331 
Mallard  6  4292 
Great Black-backed Gull  7  4154 
Black-capped Chickadee  8  4130 
Song Sparrow  9  4115 
Northern Mockingbird  10  4024 
European Starling  11  3793 
Northern Harrier  12  3682 
Northern Cardinal  13  3666 
Gadwall  14  3632 
Mourning Dove  15  3630 
Blue Jay  16  3612 
Ring-billed Gull  17  3367 
American Goldfinch  18  3289 
Double-crested Cormorant  19  3221 
Green-winged Teal  20  3150 
 Jan  Feb  Mar  Apr  May  Jun  Jul  Aug  Sep  Oct  Nov  Dec
Greater Yellowlegs  21  3042 
Great Egret  22  3001 
Common Loon  23  2989 
House Sparrow  24  2884 
Great Blue Heron  25  2861 
Gray Catbird  26  2742 
Rock Pigeon  27  2636 
Mute Swan  28  2601 
Eastern Towhee  29  2587 
Common Eider  30  2556 
Red-winged Blackbird  31  2544 
Downy Woodpecker  32  2537 
Snowy Egret  33  2532 
White-winged Scoter  34  2524 
Tree Swallow  35  2496 
Black-bellied Plover  36  2351 
Common Grackle  37  2314 
Killdeer  38  2302 
Osprey  39  2296 
Red-breasted Merganser  40  2293 
 Jan  Feb  Mar  Apr  May  Jun  Jul  Aug  Sep  Oct  Nov  Dec
Cedar Waxwing  41  2287 
Brown Thrasher  42  2170 
Savannah Sparrow  43  2163 
Northern Pintail  44  2162 
House Finch  45  2119 
White-throated Sparrow  46  2052 
Semipalmated Sandpiper  47  1963 
Semipalmated Plover  48  1955 
Purple Finch  49  1929 
Long-tailed Duck  50  1921 
Sanderling  51  1905 
Dunlin  52  1888 
Marsh Wren  53  1875 
Bufflehead  54  1874 
Common Yellowthroat  55  1867 
Lesser Yellowlegs  56  1856 
Peregrine Falcon  57  1782 
Barn Swallow  58  1781 
Red-tailed Hawk  59  1770 
Eastern Kingbird  60  1768 
 Jan  Feb  Mar  Apr  May  Jun  Jul  Aug  Sep  Oct  Nov  Dec
American Tree Sparrow  61  1767 
Black Scoter  62  1757 
Red-throated Loon  63  1720 
Yellow Warbler  64  1707 
Northern Gannet  65  1689 
Common Tern  66  1684 
Yellow-rumped Warbler  67  1626 
Least Sandpiper  68  1605 
Horned Grebe  69  1599 
Bobolink  70  1580 
Willet  71  1547 
Northern Flicker  72  1534 
Turkey Vulture  73  1511 
Merlin  74  1504 
Short-billed Dowitcher  75  1501 
Brown-headed Cowbird  76  1492 
Purple Martin  77  1478 
Least Tern  78  1456 
Hooded Merganser  79  1412 
Field Sparrow  80  1399 
 Jan  Feb  Mar  Apr  May  Jun  Jul  Aug  Sep  Oct  Nov  Dec
Wild Turkey  81  1394 
American Wigeon  82  1393 
Baltimore Oriole  83  1391 
Common Goldeneye  84  1374 
Dark-eyed Junco  85  1372 
White-rumped Sandpiper  86  1365 
Eastern Phoebe  87  1364 
Piping Plover  88  1351 
Bonaparte's Gull  89  1346 
Saltmarsh Sparrow  90  1337 
Red-breasted Nuthatch  91  1333 
American Redstart  92  1275 
Black-crowned Night-Heron  93  1187 
Swamp Sparrow  94  1162 
Horned Lark  95  1156 
Red-necked Grebe  96  1108 
Bald Eagle  97  1091 
Rough-legged Hawk  98  1078 
Surf Scoter  99  1074 
Cooper's Hawk  100  1070 
 Jan  Feb  Mar  Apr  May  Jun  Jul  Aug  Sep  Oct  Nov  Dec
Willow Flycatcher  101  1046 
Spotted Sandpiper  102  1029 
Blue-winged Teal  103  1025 
Snowy Owl  104  1009 
Northern Shoveler  105  994 
Golden-crowned Kinglet  105  994 
Red-eyed Vireo  107  963 
Bank Swallow  108  930 
Hermit Thrush  109  926 
Ruby-crowned Kinglet  110  914 
Snow Bunting  111  879 
Sharp-shinned Hawk  112  820 
Glossy Ibis  113  810 
Chipping Sparrow  114  792 
Brant  115  773 
American Kestrel  116  770 
Black-and-white Warbler  117  749 
Greater Scaup  118  731 
Blackpoll Warbler  119  664 
Pectoral Sandpiper  120  660 
 Jan  Feb  Mar  Apr  May  Jun  Jul  Aug  Sep  Oct  Nov  Dec
Stilt Sandpiper  121  653 
Northern Shrike  122  644 
Great Cormorant  123  636 
Belted Kingfisher  123  636 
Black-throated Green Warbler  123  636 
Seaside Sparrow  126  630 
American Woodcock  127  624 
Ruddy Turnstone  128  622 
Northern Parula  129  610 
American Bittern  130  601 
Great Crested Flycatcher  131  599 
Palm Warbler  131  599 
Razorbill  133  598 
Pied-billed Grebe  134  596 
Red Knot  135  595 
Laughing Gull  136  594 
Magnolia Warbler  137  588 
Eastern Meadowlark  138  575 
Whimbrel  139  554 
Blue-headed Vireo  140  550 
 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  529 
Lesser Scaup  144  494 
American Pipit  145  493 
Snow Goose  146  489 
White-breasted Nuthatch  147  488 
Ruby-throated Hummingbird  148  484 
Long-billed Dowitcher  149  476 
Brown Creeper  150  475 
Least Bittern  151  473 
Ruddy Duck  152  472 
American Golden-Plover  153  468 
Northern Waterthrush  154  459 
Sora  155  449 
Short-eared Owl  155  449 
White-crowned Sparrow  157  445 
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  357 
Wilson's Snipe  167  352 
Tufted Titmouse  168  344 
Hairy Woodpecker  169  341 
Chestnut-sided Warbler  170  340 
Roseate Tern  171  331 
Lapland Longspur  172  316 
Common Merganser  173  315 
Purple Sandpiper  174  314 
Wood Duck  175  305 
Blackburnian Warbler  176  301 
Eastern Wood-Pewee  177  295 
American Coot  178  291 
Green Heron  178  291 
Canada Warbler  180  289 
 Jan  Feb  Mar  Apr  May  Jun  Jul  Aug  Sep  Oct  Nov  Dec
Baird's Sandpiper  181  281 
Black-billed Cuckoo  182  278 
Great Horned Owl  183  277 
Scarlet Tanager  184  276 
Hudsonian Godwit  185  273 
Swainson's Thrush  186  272 
Eurasian Wigeon  187  257 
Ring-necked Duck  187  257 
Western Sandpiper  189  256 
Least Flycatcher  189  256 
Forster's Tern  191  254 
Common Redpoll  192  253 
Common Raven  193  251 
Yellow-bellied Sapsucker  194  248 
Veery  194  248 
Blue-gray Gnatcatcher  196  245 
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  159 
Little Blue Heron  215  156 
Yellow-crowned Night-Heron  216  154 
Redhead  217  151 
Wood Thrush  218  146 
Yellow-bellied Flycatcher  219  138 
White-winged Crossbill  220  131 
 Jan  Feb  Mar  Apr  May  Jun  Jul  Aug  Sep  Oct  Nov  Dec
Cliff Swallow  221  128 
Barred Owl  222  127 
Cape May Warbler  222  127 
Little Gull  224  120 
Lesser Black-backed Gull  224  120 
American Avocet  226  117 
King Rail  227  116 
Caspian Tern  228  115 
Mourning Warbler  229  114 
Indigo Bunting  230  113 
Iceland Gull  231  111 
Common Gallinule  232  109 
Black Tern  233  104 
Wilson's Storm-Petrel  234  91/15 
Tennessee Warbler  235  90/15 
Clapper Rail  236  88/9 
Black Guillemot  237  85/14 
Blue-winged Warbler  237  85/15 
Fish Crow  239  84/14 
Red Crossbill  240  83/8 
 Jan  Feb  Mar  Apr  May  Jun  Jul  Aug  Sep  Oct  Nov  Dec
Dickcissel  241  81/14 
Marbled Godwit  242  80/15 
Orange-crowned Warbler  243  78/15 
Western Grebe  244  70/6 
Common Nighthawk  245  69/15 
Nelson's Sparrow  246  68/15 
Yellow-breasted Chat  247  67/12 
Rusty Blackbird  247  67/15 
White-eyed Vireo  249  63/14 
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 
Yellow-throated Vireo  256  48/14 
Hooded Warbler  256  48/15 
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 
Barrow's Goldeneye  269  33/6 
Cory's Shearwater  270  32/9 
Gray-cheeked Thrush  271  31/13 
American Oystercatcher  272  30/13 
Northern Saw-whet Owl  272  30/12 
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 
Yellow-headed Blackbird  337  2/2 
Black-bellied Whistling-Duck  347 
Northern Lapwing  347 
Wilson's Plover  347 
Elegant Tern  347 
Little Egret  347 
White Ibis  347 
Mississippi Kite  347 
Swainson's Hawk  347 
Pileated Woodpecker  347 
Prairie Falcon  347 
Fork-tailed Flycatcher  347 
Yellow-green Vireo  347 
Townsend's Solitaire  347 
Bicknell's Thrush  347 
 Jan  Feb  Mar  Apr  May  Jun  Jul  Aug  Sep  Oct  Nov  Dec
Sage Thrasher  347 
Chestnut-collared Longspur  347 

Total reports are 591,371. Total sightings are 284,855.

October 20, 2017, Tom Wetmore