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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 June 24, 2017

 Species n N  Jan  Feb  Mar  Apr  May  Jun  Jul  Aug  Sep  Oct  Nov  Dec
Herring Gull  1  4390 
Canada Goose  2  4388 
American Robin  3  4314 
American Crow  4  4259 
American Black Duck  5  4233 
Mallard  6  4186 
Great Black-backed Gull  7  4058 
Black-capped Chickadee  8  4029 
Song Sparrow  9  4008 
Northern Mockingbird  10  3924 
European Starling  11  3691 
Northern Harrier  12  3620 
Northern Cardinal  13  3582 
Gadwall  14  3574 
Mourning Dove  15  3532 
Blue Jay  16  3514 
Ring-billed Gull  17  3274 
American Goldfinch  18  3189 
Double-crested Cormorant  19  3113 
Green-winged Teal  20  3074 
 Jan  Feb  Mar  Apr  May  Jun  Jul  Aug  Sep  Oct  Nov  Dec
Greater Yellowlegs  21  2939 
Common Loon  22  2933 
Great Egret  23  2894 
House Sparrow  24  2792 
Great Blue Heron  25  2758 
Gray Catbird  26  2640 
Mute Swan  27  2559 
Rock Pigeon  28  2554 
Common Eider  29  2494 
Eastern Towhee  30  2487 
White-winged Scoter  31  2480 
Red-winged Blackbird  32  2479 
Downy Woodpecker  33  2475 
Snowy Egret  34  2429 
Tree Swallow  35  2407 
Red-breasted Merganser  36  2281 
Black-bellied Plover  37  2263 
Common Grackle  38  2260 
Killdeer  39  2223 
Osprey  40  2212 
 Jan  Feb  Mar  Apr  May  Jun  Jul  Aug  Sep  Oct  Nov  Dec
Cedar Waxwing  41  2183 
Northern Pintail  42  2127 
Brown Thrasher  43  2105 
Savannah Sparrow  44  2104 
House Finch  45  2052 
White-throated Sparrow  46  2029 
Long-tailed Duck  47  1914 
Purple Finch  48  1875 
Bufflehead  49  1874 
Semipalmated Sandpiper  50  1865 
Semipalmated Plover  51  1857 
Sanderling  52  1841 
Dunlin  53  1822 
Marsh Wren  54  1803 
Common Yellowthroat  55  1786 
Lesser Yellowlegs  56  1774 
American Tree Sparrow  57  1766 
Red-tailed Hawk  58  1744 
Black Scoter  59  1736 
Peregrine Falcon  60  1722 
 Jan  Feb  Mar  Apr  May  Jun  Jul  Aug  Sep  Oct  Nov  Dec
Barn Swallow  61  1712 
Red-throated Loon  62  1707 
Eastern Kingbird  62  1707 
Yellow Warbler  64  1650 
Common Tern  65  1639 
Northern Gannet  66  1636 
Yellow-rumped Warbler  67  1600 
Horned Grebe  68  1592 
Least Sandpiper  69  1526 
Bobolink  70  1518 
Willet  71  1507 
Northern Flicker  72  1494 
Brown-headed Cowbird  73  1472 
Merlin  74  1466 
Turkey Vulture  75  1450 
Purple Martin  76  1434 
Hooded Merganser  77  1411 
Short-billed Dowitcher  77  1411 
Least Tern  79  1405 
Field Sparrow  80  1375 
 Jan  Feb  Mar  Apr  May  Jun  Jul  Aug  Sep  Oct  Nov  Dec
Common Goldeneye  81  1374 
American Wigeon  82  1367 
Dark-eyed Junco  83  1358 
Wild Turkey  84  1340 
Baltimore Oriole  85  1338 
Bonaparte's Gull  86  1332 
Red-breasted Nuthatch  86  1332 
Piping Plover  88  1314 
Eastern Phoebe  89  1306 
White-rumped Sandpiper  90  1287 
Saltmarsh Sparrow  91  1278 
American Redstart  92  1224 
Horned Lark  93  1150 
Black-crowned Night-Heron  94  1140 
Swamp Sparrow  95  1138 
Red-necked Grebe  96  1104 
Rough-legged Hawk  97  1078 
Bald Eagle  98  1065 
Surf Scoter  99  1056 
Cooper's Hawk  100  1043 
 Jan  Feb  Mar  Apr  May  Jun  Jul  Aug  Sep  Oct  Nov  Dec
Willow Flycatcher  101  1016 
Blue-winged Teal  102  1015 
Snowy Owl  103  1009 
Northern Shoveler  104  990 
Spotted Sandpiper  105  974 
Golden-crowned Kinglet  106  968 
Hermit Thrush  107  917 
Red-eyed Vireo  108  915 
Bank Swallow  109  901 
Ruby-crowned Kinglet  110  890 
Snow Bunting  111  879 
Sharp-shinned Hawk  112  811 
Chipping Sparrow  113  775 
American Kestrel  114  770 
Glossy Ibis  115  767 
Brant  116  766 
Black-and-white Warbler  117  730 
Greater Scaup  118  728 
Northern Shrike  119  644 
Blackpoll Warbler  119  644 
 Jan  Feb  Mar  Apr  May  Jun  Jul  Aug  Sep  Oct  Nov  Dec
Great Cormorant  121  634 
Pectoral Sandpiper  122  625 
American Woodcock  123  620 
Black-throated Green Warbler  123  620 
Belted Kingfisher  125  616 
Ruddy Turnstone  126  612 
Seaside Sparrow  127  606 
Razorbill  128  598 
Northern Parula  128  598 
American Bittern  130  595 
Stilt Sandpiper  131  586 
Pied-billed Grebe  132  584 
Palm Warbler  132  584 
Laughing Gull  134  579 
Great Crested Flycatcher  134  579 
Magnolia Warbler  136  578 
Eastern Meadowlark  137  575 
Red Knot  138  563 
Virginia Rail  139  540 
Whimbrel  140  538 
 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  478 
Ruddy Duck  149  472 
Brown Creeper  150  470 
Short-eared Owl  151  448 
Sora  152  446 
Northern Waterthrush  153  445 
Long-billed Dowitcher  154  440 
Least Bittern  155  432 
American Golden-Plover  156  431 
White-crowned Sparrow  157  430 
Chimney Swift  158  426 
Wilson's Warbler  159  411 
Orchard Oriole  160  405 
 Jan  Feb  Mar  Apr  May  Jun  Jul  Aug  Sep  Oct  Nov  Dec
Nashville Warbler  161  385 
Pine Warbler  161  385 
Rose-breasted Grosbeak  163  374 
House Wren  164  372 
Black-legged Kittiwake  165  357 
Ovenbird  166  355 
Wilson's Snipe  167  344 
Hairy Woodpecker  168  341 
Tufted Titmouse  169  340 
Chestnut-sided Warbler  170  336 
Roseate Tern  171  321 
Common Merganser  172  315 
Purple Sandpiper  173  314 
Lapland Longspur  174  312 
Wood Duck  175  302 
Blackburnian Warbler  176  300 
Eastern Wood-Pewee  177  293 
American Coot  178  291 
Green Heron  179  289 
Canada Warbler  180  287 
 Jan  Feb  Mar  Apr  May  Jun  Jul  Aug  Sep  Oct  Nov  Dec
Great Horned Owl  181  274 
Black-billed Cuckoo  182  271 
Scarlet Tanager  183  270 
Swainson's Thrush  184  268 
Baird's Sandpiper  185  261 
Hudsonian Godwit  186  259 
Ring-necked Duck  187  257 
Eurasian Wigeon  188  256 
Least Flycatcher  189  255 
Common Redpoll  190  253 
Forster's Tern  191  252 
Western Sandpiper  192  243 
Veery  192  243 
Warbling Vireo  194  241 
Blue-gray Gnatcatcher  194  241 
Common Raven  196  240 
Alder Flycatcher  197  238 
Yellow-bellied Sapsucker  198  233 
Eastern Whip-poor-will  199  229 
Pine Siskin  200  225 
 Jan  Feb  Mar  Apr  May  Jun  Jul  Aug  Sep  Oct  Nov  Dec
Prairie Warbler  201  221 
Yellow-billed Cuckoo  202  211 
Red-bellied Woodpecker  202  211 
Wilson's Phalarope  204  199 
Tricolored Heron  205  179 
Fox Sparrow  206  176 
Bay-breasted Warbler  207  175 
Philadelphia Vireo  208  170 
Solitary Sandpiper  209  168 
Winter Wren  209  168 
Lincoln's Sparrow  211  162 
Northern Rough-winged Swallow  212  161 
Buff-breasted Sandpiper  213  160 
Little Blue Heron  214  153 
Redhead  215  151 
Yellow-crowned Night-Heron  216  147 
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
Barred Owl  221  127 
Cliff Swallow  221  127 
Cape May Warbler  223  121 
Little Gull  224  120 
King Rail  225  116 
American Avocet  226  114 
Mourning Warbler  226  114 
Caspian Tern  228  113 
Iceland Gull  229  111 
Indigo Bunting  229  111 
Lesser Black-backed Gull  231  110 
Common Gallinule  232  109 
Black Tern  233  101 
Clapper Rail  234  88/9 
Tennessee Warbler  234  88/15 
Blue-winged Warbler  236  85/15 
Wilson's Storm-Petrel  237  84/14 
Black Guillemot  238  83/13 
Red Crossbill  238  83/8 
Fish Crow  240  82/14 
 Jan  Feb  Mar  Apr  May  Jun  Jul  Aug  Sep  Oct  Nov  Dec
Marbled Godwit  241  78/14 
Orange-crowned Warbler  242  74/14 
Western Grebe  243  70/6 
Dickcissel  243  70/13 
Common Nighthawk  245  69/15 
Yellow-breasted Chat  246  67/12 
Rusty Blackbird  247  66/14 
White-eyed Vireo  248  62/14 
Ring-necked Pheasant  249  60/10 
Nelson's Sparrow  249  60/14 
Olive-sided Flycatcher  251  58/15 
Black Skimmer  252  53/8 
Manx Shearwater  253  52/14 
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 
Vesper Sparrow  262  40/13 
Great Shearwater  263  39/10 
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 
Worm-eating Warbler  275  27/11 
Thick-billed Murre  276  26/13 
Long-eared Owl  276  26/11 
Red-necked Phalarope  278  25/9 
Royal Tern  278  25/8 
Cory's Shearwater  278  25/8 
 Jan  Feb  Mar  Apr  May  Jun  Jul  Aug  Sep  Oct  Nov  Dec
Scissor-tailed Flycatcher  278  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 
Kentucky Warbler  288  19/8 
Grasshopper Sparrow  288  19/7 
Canvasback  290  18/6 
Black Rail  290  18/1 
White-faced Ibis  290  18/6 
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 
Yellow-throated Warbler  313  8/4 
Red-headed Woodpecker  316  7/4 
Gyrfalcon  316  7/5 
Louisiana Waterthrush  316  7/7 
Golden-winged Warbler  316  7/4 
Swainson's Warbler  316  7/1 
 Jan  Feb  Mar  Apr  May  Jun  Jul  Aug  Sep  Oct  Nov  Dec
Cerulean Warbler  316  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 
Say's Phoebe  324  5/3 
Sandhill Crane  330  4/4 
Common Ringed Plover  330  4/1 
Golden Eagle  330  4/3 
Evening Grosbeak  330  4/3 
Loggerhead Shrike  334  3/1 
Western Tanager  334  3/1 
Greater White-fronted Goose  336  2/1 
Eared Grebe  336  2/1 
Ringed Turtle-Dove  336  2/1 
Chuck-will's-widow  336  2/2 
Red-necked Stint  336  2/1 
 Jan  Feb  Mar  Apr  May  Jun  Jul  Aug  Sep  Oct  Nov  Dec
Long-tailed Jaeger  336  2/2 
Sabine's Gull  336  2/2 
Brown Pelican  336  2/1 
Sedge Wren  336  2/2 
Northern Wheatear  336  2/1 
Yellow-headed Blackbird  336  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 578,467. Total sightings are 277,580.

June 24, 2017, Tom Wetmore