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2017 Quarter-Month Status
Birds of Plum Island, Essex County, Massachusetts

Compiled by Tom Wetmore


This table shows the 2017 quarter-month status of the birds of Plum Island. It is based on data collected for inclusion on the Plum Island sigthings web site. The column labeled N shows the number days the species has been reported in 2017.


Status of the Birds of Plum Island — updated December 14, 2017 — day 348

 Species N  Jan  Feb  Mar  Apr  May  Jun  Jul  Aug  Sep  Oct  Nov  Dec
Snow Goose
Brant 51 
Canada Goose 285 
Mute Swan 135 
Wood Duck 10 
Gadwall 201 
Eurasian Wigeon
American Wigeon 81 
American Black Duck 286 
Mallard 288 
Blue-winged Teal 26 
Northern Shoveler 34 
Northern Pintail 125 
Green-winged Teal 203 
Ring-necked Duck
Greater Scaup 21 
Lesser Scaup 11 
Common Eider 213 
Surf Scoter 63 
White-winged Scoter 170 
 Jan  Feb  Mar  Apr  May  Jun  Jul  Aug  Sep  Oct  Nov  Dec
Black Scoter 145 
Long-tailed Duck 129 
Bufflehead 113 
Common Goldeneye 69 
Hooded Merganser 62 
Common Merganser
Red-breasted Merganser 152 
Ruddy Duck
Wild Turkey 134 
Pied-billed Grebe 25 
Horned Grebe 76 
Red-necked Grebe 52 
Rock Pigeon 227 
Mourning Dove 235 
Yellow-billed Cuckoo
Black-billed Cuckoo 24 
Common Nighthawk
Eastern Whip-poor-will 11 
Chimney Swift 27 
Ruby-throated Hummingbird 19 
 Jan  Feb  Mar  Apr  May  Jun  Jul  Aug  Sep  Oct  Nov  Dec
King Rail
Virginia Rail 20 
Sora
Common Gallinule 14 
American Coot 12 
American Avocet
American Oystercatcher
Black-bellied Plover 164 
American Golden-Plover 39 
Semipalmated Plover 145 
Piping Plover 86 
Killdeer 166 
Whimbrel 16 
Hudsonian Godwit 15 
Marbled Godwit
Ruddy Turnstone 29 
Red Knot 32 
Stilt Sandpiper 80 
Sanderling 124 
Dunlin 173 
 Jan  Feb  Mar  Apr  May  Jun  Jul  Aug  Sep  Oct  Nov  Dec
Purple Sandpiper 15 
Baird's Sandpiper 20 
Least Sandpiper 111 
White-rumped Sandpiper 134 
Buff-breasted Sandpiper
Pectoral Sandpiper 39 
Semipalmated Sandpiper 138 
Western Sandpiper 13 
Short-billed Dowitcher 108 
Long-billed Dowitcher 37 
Wilson's Snipe 25 
American Woodcock 32 
Spotted Sandpiper 73 
Solitary Sandpiper 10 
Greater Yellowlegs 202 
Willet 97 
Lesser Yellowlegs 111 
Wilson's Phalarope
Parasitic Jaeger
Dovekie
 Jan  Feb  Mar  Apr  May  Jun  Jul  Aug  Sep  Oct  Nov  Dec
Common Murre
Razorbill 49 
Black Guillemot
Black-legged Kittiwake
Bonaparte's Gull 43 
Laughing Gull 23 
Ring-billed Gull 196 
Herring Gull 295 
Iceland Gull
Lesser Black-backed Gull 14 
Glaucous Gull
Great Black-backed Gull 267 
Least Tern 89 
Caspian Tern
Black Tern
Roseate Tern 16 
Common Tern 88 
Arctic Tern
Forster's Tern
Red-throated Loon 99 
 Jan  Feb  Mar  Apr  May  Jun  Jul  Aug  Sep  Oct  Nov  Dec
Pacific Loon
Common Loon 204 
Cory's Shearwater
Great Shearwater
Manx Shearwater
Wilson's Storm-Petrel
Northern Gannet 117 
Double-crested Cormorant 218 
Great Cormorant 12 
Brown Pelican
American Bittern 14 
Least Bittern 47 
Great Blue Heron 165 
Great Egret 199 
Snowy Egret 161 
Little Blue Heron
Tricolored Heron
Cattle Egret
Green Heron
Black-crowned Night-Heron 60 
 Jan  Feb  Mar  Apr  May  Jun  Jul  Aug  Sep  Oct  Nov  Dec
Yellow-crowned Night-Heron
Glossy Ibis 56 
White-faced Ibis
Turkey Vulture 104 
Osprey 162 
Bald Eagle 94 
Northern Harrier 217 
Sharp-shinned Hawk 32 
Cooper's Hawk 62 
Broad-winged Hawk
Red-tailed Hawk 122 
Rough-legged Hawk 78 
Great Horned Owl 14 
Snowy Owl 30 
Barred Owl 36 
Long-eared Owl
Short-eared Owl 17 
Northern Saw-whet Owl
Belted Kingfisher 32 
Red-bellied Woodpecker
 Jan  Feb  Mar  Apr  May  Jun  Jul  Aug  Sep  Oct  Nov  Dec
Yellow-bellied Sapsucker 37 
Downy Woodpecker 164 
Hairy Woodpecker 11 
Northern Flicker 84 
American Kestrel 32 
Merlin 105 
Peregrine Falcon 132 
Olive-sided Flycatcher
Eastern Wood-Pewee 14 
Yellow-bellied Flycatcher
Acadian Flycatcher
Alder Flycatcher 10 
Willow Flycatcher 63 
Least Flycatcher 12 
Eastern Phoebe 82 
Great Crested Flycatcher 55 
Eastern Kingbird 112 
Northern Shrike 30 
White-eyed Vireo 19 
Yellow-throated Vireo
 Jan  Feb  Mar  Apr  May  Jun  Jul  Aug  Sep  Oct  Nov  Dec
Blue-headed Vireo 36 
Philadelphia Vireo
Warbling Vireo
Red-eyed Vireo 81 
Blue Jay 266 
American Crow 279 
Fish Crow 11 
Common Raven 40 
Horned Lark 48 
Purple Martin 107 
Tree Swallow 163 
Northern Rough-winged Swallow
Bank Swallow 51 
Cliff Swallow
Barn Swallow 130 
Black-capped Chickadee 285 
Tufted Titmouse 26 
Red-breasted Nuthatch 93 
White-breasted Nuthatch
Brown Creeper 15 
 Jan  Feb  Mar  Apr  May  Jun  Jul  Aug  Sep  Oct  Nov  Dec
House Wren 12 
Winter Wren
Marsh Wren 123 
Carolina Wren
Blue-gray Gnatcatcher 18 
Golden-crowned Kinglet 78 
Ruby-crowned Kinglet 76 
Eastern Bluebird
Veery 12 
Gray-cheeked Thrush
Swainson's Thrush 15 
Hermit Thrush 58 
Wood Thrush
American Robin 292 
Gray Catbird 182 
Brown Thrasher 132 
Northern Mockingbird 265 
European Starling 237 
Cedar Waxwing 148 
House Sparrow 232 
 Jan  Feb  Mar  Apr  May  Jun  Jul  Aug  Sep  Oct  Nov  Dec
American Pipit 15 
House Finch 166 
Purple Finch 126 
Red Crossbill 14 
Common Redpoll
American Goldfinch 235 
Lapland Longspur 11 
Snow Bunting 51 
Ovenbird 17 
Worm-eating Warbler
Louisiana Waterthrush
Northern Waterthrush 31 
Blue-winged Warbler
Black-and-white Warbler 42 
Prothonotary Warbler
Tennessee Warbler
Orange-crowned Warbler
Nashville Warbler 18 
Connecticut Warbler
Mourning Warbler
 Jan  Feb  Mar  Apr  May  Jun  Jul  Aug  Sep  Oct  Nov  Dec
Common Yellowthroat 134 
Hooded Warbler
American Redstart 100 
Cape May Warbler 12 
Northern Parula 39 
Magnolia Warbler 34 
Bay-breasted Warbler
Blackburnian Warbler 14 
Yellow Warbler 109 
Chestnut-sided Warbler 12 
Blackpoll Warbler 40 
Black-throated Blue Warbler 28 
Palm Warbler 40 
Pine Warbler 30 
Yellow-rumped Warbler 101 
Prairie Warbler 14 
Black-throated Green Warbler 42 
Canada Warbler 14 
Wilson's Warbler 22 
Eastern Towhee 173 
 Jan  Feb  Mar  Apr  May  Jun  Jul  Aug  Sep  Oct  Nov  Dec
American Tree Sparrow 92 
Chipping Sparrow 50 
Clay-colored Sparrow 22 
Field Sparrow 80 
Vesper Sparrow
Lark Sparrow
Savannah Sparrow 135 
Nelson's Sparrow
Saltmarsh Sparrow 95 
Seaside Sparrow 47 
Fox Sparrow
Song Sparrow 281 
Lincoln's Sparrow
Swamp Sparrow 80 
White-throated Sparrow 112 
White-crowned Sparrow 29 
Dark-eyed Junco 69 
Scarlet Tanager 15 
Northern Cardinal 248 
Rose-breasted Grosbeak 23 
 Jan  Feb  Mar  Apr  May  Jun  Jul  Aug  Sep  Oct  Nov  Dec
Indigo Bunting
Dickcissel 11 
Bobolink 111 
Red-winged Blackbird 182 
Eastern Meadowlark
Western Meadowlark
Rusty Blackbird
Common Grackle 157 
Brown-headed Cowbird 90 
Orchard Oriole 61 
Baltimore Oriole 100 

Total species 271. Total reports 32,235. Total sightings 17,964.

December 14, 2017, Tom Wetmore