by Robert H. Stymeist, Statistician


During 1996, the Brookline Bird Club listed 293 species of birds on 207 reported trips. A total of 248 trips were scheduled, 73 all-day, 144 morning, 28 afternoon or evening, and three weekends. Forty-one trips were not reported. In Massachusetts the Club reported a total of 290 species on 169 trips.


On six trips to New Hampshire, a total of 142 species was tallied. Highlights included a Bicknell’s Thrush and twenty-one Yellow-bellied Flycatchers in the White Mountains. On a trip to the Connecticut Lakes region near Pittsburg, NH, twelve members saw seven Olive-sided Flycatchers, two Black-backed Woodpeckers and a Gray Jay. Ida Giriunas on her annual trip to Machias Seal Island and surroundings led 12 members through many different habitats and recorded 100 species including two species not recorded on any Massachusetts trip: Red-shouldered Hawk and 5,000 Atlantic Puffins. The trip to Machias was delayed due to fog and therefore no landing could be made.


The following write-ins to the Massachusetts Audubon Society (MAS)

Checklist were reported by the Club in 1996:

Eared Grebe                Rockport                     January 13

Tundra Swan               Gloucester                   January 27

Golden Eagle              Plum Island                 January 28

Common Murre          Weymouth                  February 4

Great Gray Owl          Rowley                        February 2, 11, 18

Mew Gull                    Newbury                     March 31

Whooper Swan           Ipswich                       A