by Robert H. Stymeist, Statistician


During 2001, the Brookline Bird Club listed 303 species of birds on 210 reported trips, two fewer than the previous year. A total of 268 trips were scheduled, 22 fewer than the previous year’s all time high of 290 for the Club. There were 80 all-day, 157 morning, 28 afternoon or evening, and three weekend trips. A very high number of trips went unreported (a gentle reminder to leaders to return the checklist provided with a stamped envelope). Fifty-eight trips were not reported, of which only 14 were due to weather. Forty-four were simply not reported! In Massachusetts, the Club reported a total of 300 species on 197 trips.


One new species was added to the overall Brookline Bird Club list of birds, a Sage Thrasher recorded on an extension of a Newburyport trip on November 25 led by Jonathan Center.

Bill Drummond also organized a special trip on this day to add the bird to the Club list. This bird, found at Nubble Light on Cape Neddick in York, Maine, represented the first state record for this species in Maine. There is only one other record for this species in New England; one was photographed at Plum Island on October 26, 1965.


In 2001, the Club scheduled only five pelagic trips, down from 13 the previous year. Of the five trips, only two were reported. An overnight trip to Hydrographer Canyon on August 27 had a

total of just 14 species but among them was a sighting of two White-faced Storm-Petrels, only the second record for the Club. The overnight trip also noted three Audubon’s Shearwaters, along with 17 Cory’s Shearwaters and 24 Leach’s Storm-Petrels among the usual Stellwagen Bank fare.


The Massachusetts Audubon Society (MAS) Checklist (11/98) now includes all the species that have been identified in the state as determined by the Massachusetts Avian Records Committee (MARC).