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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 August 23, 2017

 Species n N  Jan  Feb  Mar  Apr  May  Jun  Jul  Aug  Sep  Oct  Nov  Dec
Herring Gull  1  4437 
Canada Goose  2  4432 
American Robin  3  4364 
American Crow  4  4301 
American Black Duck  5  4274 
Mallard  6  4235 
Great Black-backed Gull  7  4100 
Black-capped Chickadee  8  4072 
Song Sparrow  9  4056 
Northern Mockingbird  10  3970 
European Starling  11  3740 
Northern Harrier  12  3627 
Northern Cardinal  13  3618 
Gadwall  14  3602 
Mourning Dove  15  3581 
Blue Jay  16  3556 
Ring-billed Gull  17  3311 
American Goldfinch  18  3238 
Double-crested Cormorant  19  3163 
Green-winged Teal  20  3096 
 Jan  Feb  Mar  Apr  May  Jun  Jul  Aug  Sep  Oct  Nov  Dec
Greater Yellowlegs  21  2985 
Common Loon  22  2951 
Great Egret  23  2944 
House Sparrow  24  2838 
Great Blue Heron  25  2804 
Gray Catbird  26  2690 
Mute Swan  27  2590 
Rock Pigeon  28  2583 
Eastern Towhee  29  2534 
Red-winged Blackbird  30  2528 
Common Eider  31  2512 
Downy Woodpecker  32  2491 
White-winged Scoter  33  2487 
Snowy Egret  34  2479 
Tree Swallow  35  2458 
Common Grackle  36  2305 
Black-bellied Plover  37  2295 
Red-breasted Merganser  38  2281 
Killdeer  39  2270 
Osprey  40  2261 
 Jan  Feb  Mar  Apr  May  Jun  Jul  Aug  Sep  Oct  Nov  Dec
Cedar Waxwing  41  2233 
Brown Thrasher  42  2136 
Northern Pintail  43  2127 
Savannah Sparrow  44  2123 
House Finch  45  2082 
White-throated Sparrow  46  2029 
Long-tailed Duck  47  1915 
Semipalmated Sandpiper  48  1910 
Purple Finch  49  1901 
Semipalmated Plover  50  1899 
Bufflehead  51  1874 
Sanderling  52  1857 
Marsh Wren  53  1847 
Dunlin  54  1837 
Common Yellowthroat  55  1827 
Lesser Yellowlegs  56  1819 
American Tree Sparrow  57  1766 
Barn Swallow  58  1758 
Eastern Kingbird  59  1757 
Red-tailed Hawk  60  1751 
 Jan  Feb  Mar  Apr  May  Jun  Jul  Aug  Sep  Oct  Nov  Dec
Peregrine Falcon  61  1740 
Black Scoter  62  1738 
Red-throated Loon  63  1708 
Yellow Warbler  64  1692 
Common Tern  65  1679 
Northern Gannet  66  1646 
Yellow-rumped Warbler  67  1600 
Horned Grebe  68  1592 
Least Sandpiper  69  1572 
Bobolink  70  1563 
Willet  71  1545 
Northern Flicker  72  1500 
Brown-headed Cowbird  73  1489 
Purple Martin  74  1477 
Turkey Vulture  75  1474 
Merlin  76  1471 
Short-billed Dowitcher  77  1457 
Least Tern  78  1452 
Hooded Merganser  79  1411 
Field Sparrow  80  1390 
 Jan  Feb  Mar  Apr  May  Jun  Jul  Aug  Sep  Oct  Nov  Dec
Baltimore Oriole  81  1376 
Common Goldeneye  82  1374 
American Wigeon  83  1368 
Wild Turkey  84  1366 
Dark-eyed Junco  85  1359 
Piping Plover  86  1338 
Bonaparte's Gull  87  1336 
Red-breasted Nuthatch  88  1333 
Saltmarsh Sparrow  89  1319 
Eastern Phoebe  90  1318 
White-rumped Sandpiper  91  1313 
American Redstart  92  1248 
Black-crowned Night-Heron  93  1167 
Horned Lark  94  1150 
Swamp Sparrow  95  1144 
Red-necked Grebe  96  1104 
Rough-legged Hawk  97  1078 
Bald Eagle  98  1074 
Surf Scoter  99  1056 
Cooper's Hawk  100  1047 
 Jan  Feb  Mar  Apr  May  Jun  Jul  Aug  Sep  Oct  Nov  Dec
Willow Flycatcher  101  1044 
Blue-winged Teal  102  1017 
Spotted Sandpiper  103  1010 
Snowy Owl  104  1009 
Northern Shoveler  105  990 
Golden-crowned Kinglet  106  968 
Red-eyed Vireo  107  931 
Bank Swallow  108  922 
Hermit Thrush  109  918 
Ruby-crowned Kinglet  110  890 
Snow Bunting  111  879 
Sharp-shinned Hawk  112  811 
Glossy Ibis  113  797 
Chipping Sparrow  114  778 
American Kestrel  115  770 
Brant  116  766 
Black-and-white Warbler  117  734 
Greater Scaup  118  728 
Northern Shrike  119  644 
Blackpoll Warbler  119  644 
 Jan  Feb  Mar  Apr  May  Jun  Jul  Aug  Sep  Oct  Nov  Dec
Pectoral Sandpiper  121  635 
Great Cormorant  122  634 
Seaside Sparrow  123  624 
American Woodcock  124  621 
Black-throated Green Warbler  125  620 
Ruddy Turnstone  126  618 
Belted Kingfisher  127  616 
Stilt Sandpiper  128  613 
Razorbill  129  598 
Northern Parula  129  598 
Great Crested Flycatcher  131  596 
American Bittern  132  595 
Pied-billed Grebe  133  586 
Palm Warbler  134  584 
Laughing Gull  135  583 
Magnolia Warbler  136  578 
Eastern Meadowlark  137  575 
Red Knot  138  572 
Virginia Rail  139  545 
Whimbrel  140  542 
 Jan  Feb  Mar  Apr  May  Jun  Jul  Aug  Sep  Oct  Nov  Dec
Blue-headed Vireo  141  533 
Carolina Wren  142  529 
Black-throated Blue Warbler  143  528 
Lesser Scaup  144  492 
Snow Goose  145  489 
American Pipit  146  487 
White-breasted Nuthatch  147  486 
Ruby-throated Hummingbird  148  479 
Ruddy Duck  149  472 
Least Bittern  150  471 
Brown Creeper  151  470 
Northern Waterthrush  152  449 
Sora  153  448 
Short-eared Owl  153  448 
Long-billed Dowitcher  155  447 
Chimney Swift  156  435 
American Golden-Plover  157  432 
White-crowned Sparrow  158  430 
Orchard Oriole  159  424 
Wilson's Warbler  160  411 
 Jan  Feb  Mar  Apr  May  Jun  Jul  Aug  Sep  Oct  Nov  Dec
Pine Warbler  161  394 
Nashville Warbler  162  385 
Rose-breasted Grosbeak  163  378 
House Wren  164  375 
Black-legged Kittiwake  165  357 
Ovenbird  166  355 
Wilson's Snipe  167  345 
Hairy Woodpecker  168  341 
Tufted Titmouse  169  340 
Chestnut-sided Warbler  170  336 
Roseate Tern  171  331 
Common Merganser  172  315 
Purple Sandpiper  173  314 
Lapland Longspur  174  312 
Wood Duck  175  303 
Blackburnian Warbler  176  300 
Eastern Wood-Pewee  177  293 
American Coot  178  291 
Green Heron  178  291 
Canada Warbler  180  287 
 Jan  Feb  Mar  Apr  May  Jun  Jul  Aug  Sep  Oct  Nov  Dec
Black-billed Cuckoo  181  277 
Great Horned Owl  182  275 
Scarlet Tanager  183  271 
Hudsonian Godwit  184  269 
Swainson's Thrush  185  268 
Baird's Sandpiper  185  268 
Ring-necked Duck  187  257 
Eurasian Wigeon  188  256 
Least Flycatcher  189  255 
Forster's Tern  190  253 
Common Redpoll  190  253 
Western Sandpiper  192  244 
Veery  193  243 
Warbling Vireo  194  241 
Common Raven  194  241 
Blue-gray Gnatcatcher  194  241 
Alder Flycatcher  197  238 
Yellow-bellied Sapsucker  198  233 
Eastern Whip-poor-will  199  230 
Pine Siskin  200  225 
 Jan  Feb  Mar  Apr  May  Jun  Jul  Aug  Sep  Oct  Nov  Dec
Prairie Warbler  201  223 
Yellow-billed Cuckoo  202  213 
Red-bellied Woodpecker  203  211 
Wilson's Phalarope  204  201 
Tricolored Heron  205  179 
Fox Sparrow  206  176 
Bay-breasted Warbler  207  175 
Philadelphia Vireo  208  171 
Solitary Sandpiper  209  169 
Winter Wren  210  168 
Northern Rough-winged Swallow  211  163 
Lincoln's Sparrow  212  162 
Buff-breasted Sandpiper  212  162 
Little Blue Heron  214  153 
Redhead  215  151 
Yellow-crowned Night-Heron  215  151 
Wood Thrush  217  146 
Clay-colored Sparrow  218  139 
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  223  121 
Little Gull  224  120 
American Avocet  225  117 
King Rail  226  116 
Mourning Warbler  227  114 
Caspian Tern  228  113 
Indigo Bunting  229  112 
Iceland Gull  230  111 
Lesser Black-backed Gull  230  111 
Common Gallinule  232  109 
Black Tern  233  104 
Wilson's Storm-Petrel  234  90/15 
Clapper Rail  235  88/9 
Tennessee Warbler  235  88/15 
Blue-winged Warbler  237  85/15 
Black Guillemot  238  84/14 
Fish Crow  239  83/14 
Red Crossbill  239  83/8 
 Jan  Feb  Mar  Apr  May  Jun  Jul  Aug  Sep  Oct  Nov  Dec
Marbled Godwit  241  80/15 
Orange-crowned Warbler  242  74/14 
Dickcissel  243  71/14 
Western Grebe  244  70/6 
Common Nighthawk  245  69/15 
Yellow-breasted Chat  246  67/12 
Rusty Blackbird  247  66/14 
White-eyed Vireo  248  62/14 
Nelson's Sparrow  249  61/15 
Ring-necked Pheasant  250  60/10 
Olive-sided Flycatcher  251  58/15 
Manx Shearwater  252  56/15 
Black Skimmer  253  53/8 
Connecticut Warbler  254  49/16 
Yellow-throated Vireo  255  46/14 
Lark Sparrow  255  46/12 
Hooded Warbler  257  45/14 
Parasitic Jaeger  258  44/12 
Red-shouldered Hawk  258  44/11 
Northern Goshawk  260  43/16 
 Jan  Feb  Mar  Apr  May  Jun  Jul  Aug  Sep  Oct  Nov  Dec
Glaucous Gull  261  42/11 
Great Shearwater  262  40/11 
Vesper Sparrow  262  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 
Northern Saw-whet Owl  270  30/12 
American Oystercatcher  271  29/13 
Dovekie  272  28/12 
Arctic Tern  272  28/10 
Gray-cheeked Thrush  272  28/13 
Cory's Shearwater  275  27/9 
Worm-eating Warbler  275  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 583,685. Total sightings are 280,759.

August 23, 2017, Tom Wetmore