A Fea’s Petrel seen on Stellwagen Bank on July 18 was the second for the state. A rare midsummer Swallow-tailed Kite lingered for three days on Nantucket at the start of July. A one-eyed Crested Caracara was photographed in the back yard of a Lancaster birder on August 5. After a hiatus of almost 20 years for the state, a Long-billed Curlew was spotted near the lighthouse on South Monomoy on July 28. Three days later, there were three! A Curlew Sandpiper was at Duxbury Beach on August 26, and a Reeve was on Plum Island on July 2. A two-legged Bridled Tern was reported from the western end of Nantucket on July 11, and then a one-legged bird was spotted by the same observer at Tuckernuck Island, less than a mile away and over a month later. Sandwich Terns were in Eastham and Chatham.
Best event: the BBC pelagic on August 22–23, which logged Black-capped Petrels on both days, triple-digit Audubon’s Shearwaters, 37 White-faced Storm-Petrels, 23 Band-rumped Storm-Petrels, one Red-billed Tropicbird, four White-tailed Tropicbirds, and a Bridled Tern.