20 YEARS AGO May–June 1999 Single Ruffs were one-day wonders in Newburyport and East Boston in May. Mississippi and Swallow-tailed Kites passed over the Truro hawkwatch on June 5 and 6, respectively. Two Scissor-tailed Flycatchers were found on May 31, on Nantucket and at Turners Falls Airport. A Philadelphia Vireo at Oxbow NWR in Harvard was singing on territory throughout June, and a Fish Crow at Oak Bluffs may have been a first record for Martha's Vineyard. A Townsend's Warbler was found in Provincetown on May 10. Best sighting: a breeding-plumage Red-necked Stint at Plum Island, June 26–29. This was the fourth record for the state after the first in 1980. 40 YEARS AGO May–June 1979 Highlights on Monomoy included three Gull-billed Terns on May 28, a Sabine's Gull on June 1 and a state high count of over 800 'portlandica' (immature) Arctic Terns. A White Ibis was found at Plum Island on June 29. A Mississippi Kite was in Chatham on June 1, and a well-watched subadult Golden Eagle was present in the Wellfleet area between June 14–21. Red-headed Woodpeckers nested in Lynn Woods and two Black-backed Woodpeckers were found on the same day–May 8–in Gloucester and South Easton. A Scissor-tailed Flycatcher was photographed at Fort Hill, Eastham on June 17 and an Audubon's Warbler was reported from Mount Auburn Cemetery on May 17. Best date: May 31 when a Long-billed Curlew was found on Monomoy and a Magnificent Frigatebird was discovered at Penikese Island.