by Robert H. Stymeist, Statistician


During 1994, the Brookline Bird Club listed 314 species of birds on 176 reported trips. A total of 198 trips were scheduled, 77 all-day, 92 morning, 23 afternoon or evening, and six weekends. Twenty-two trips were not reported. In Massachusetts a total of 297 species plus one subspecies, Ipswich Sparrow, and one hybrid species, Brewster’s Warbler were recorded on 165 trips. Fourteen trips to Essex County recorded the Whooper Swans whose origins have yet to be explained. The Bar-headed Goose reported April 17th is undoubtedly a bona fide escape.


Eight trips to New Hampshire, six led by Alan and Barbara Delorey, totaled 175 species. The weekend trip to Pittsburg in the Connecticut Lakes area of northern New Hampshire yielded 85 species, including the Club’s only Spruce Grouse and Gray Jay. Other highlights from this boreal area included two Black-backed Woodpeckers, two Olive-sided Flycatchers, six Boreal Chickadees, two Philadelphia Vireos, four Mourning Warblers, and an amazing 22 Winter Wrens.


Trips along the New Hampshire coast totaled 103 species, including such highlights as Lesser Golden Plover, Baird’s Sandpiper, Orange-crowned Warbler and Yellow-breasted Chat.


Ida Giriunas on her annual trip to Machias Seal Island and surroundings led 15 members through many different habitats and recorded 108 species including three species not recorded on any Massachusetts trip, including a Garganey at Belgrade, 1800 Atlantic Puffins, and 19 Common Murres.


A special trip extension of Bill Drummond’s May 21st Newburyport trip listed a Fork-tailed Flycatcher at Kittery Point, Maine. Twenty-one of the original 48 participants made the trip. A new trip led by Steve Moore to Delaware in August listed 99 species. The