A one-eyed American White Pelican was at a pond in Tyngsboro for over two weeks, then disappeared for two weeks, and then reappeared for a few days. Some speculated this may be the same one-eyed pelican that spent several months on Plum Island in the summer and fall of 1997. Seven Greater White-fronted Geese were reported throughout the state, including a single from Mount Auburn Cemetery in Cambridge. Mew Gulls were reported from South Boston, Newburyport, and Brewster. A Royal Tern in Edgartown on April 24 was the first Massachusetts record for April. Continuing passerine highlights included the Spotted Towhee that overwintered in Hadley, and the Hoary Redpoll at the Arcadia sanctuary in Easthampton. A male Lark Bunting appeared at the end of the period, visiting a feeder in Truro.
Best sighting: Cinnamon Teal, Gloucester, March 18–19. This was the first (and to date only) accepted record of this species for the state. Previous records were on the supplemental list because of concerns of provenance; this species is kept in waterfowl collections.