Brookline Bird Club

2020 Statistical and Year-End Report

By David Scott, Club Statistician

The Brookline Bird Club recorded 216 species for 2020, based upon 62 reported trips. A total of 215 species were recorded in Massachusetts, with a Glaucous Gull in Hampton, NH the only additional out-of-state species. By themselves, other than being considerably lower than usual, the numbers reveal nothing about the unprecedented circumstances the club experienced in 2020. Trips were cancelled from mid-March through to July, and we missed the entire spring songbird migration period. The club was also unable to schedule any pelagic trips. Instead, for much of the year, many of us focused on enjoying the birds in our own yards and neighborhoods.

The club recorded a few rarities in 2020. Highlights included: King Eider (Cape Ann, January 1), Pacific Loon (Halibut