20 YEARS AGO January–February 2000 The Eared Grebe at East Gloucester continued for its fifth consecutive winter. Up to two Greater White-fronted Geese were on the north shore with another in Fairhaven. Tufted Ducks were found in Plymouth and at Wachusett Reservoir. A Mew Gull was present in South Boston for most of the period. Passerine highlights included a Boreal Chickadee in West Newbury, a Western Tanager in Orleans, an Oregon Junco in Easthampton, a Spotted Towhee in Hadley, and Hoary Redpolls in Easthampton and Halibut Point. Best sighting: Brown Pelican in Westfield, January 1–4. This was a first for western Massachusetts. It was eventually captured, rehabilitated and relocated to Florida. 40 YEARS AGO January–February 1980 A Western Grebe continued at Plum Island for the second half of January. Two Gyrfalcons —one gray and one dark—were reported from the Newburyport area marshes from late January through mid-February. Varied Thrushes were found at Harvard and South Orleans in February. Rare icterids included a Yellow-headed Blackbird in Hingham on January 1, and one or two Brewer's Blackbirds on Martha's Vineyard through the end of February. Other passerine highlights included Western Tanagers at Framingham and Dover and a Lincoln's Sparrow at Eastern Point, Gloucester, on New Year's Day. Best sighting: After an absence off nearly twenty-five years, Bald Eagles were reported back at their former wintering haunts along the Merrimack River. As many as five immatures were present during February.