20 YEARS AGO July–August 2001 Highlights of the Brookline Bird Club pelagic trip on August 27 were three Audubon’s Shearwaters and two White-faced Storm-Petrels . A Sandhill Crane appeared at Great Meadows NWR on August 18 and stayed for the rest of the month. A Curlew Sandpiper was seen sporadically at South Beach on August 5–26. Early fall flycatchers included a Western Kingbird on Plum Island on August 29 and an Ash-throated Flycatcher at Rock Meadow, Belmont the following day. A Sedge Wren was at the Daniel Webster Sanctuary in Marshfield in August. Best sighting: the summer of the storm-petrel. From July, Wilson’s Storm-Petrels were seen in unprecedented numbers in coastal waters and very close to shore along much of the state’s coastline. A circuit of Cape Ann on August 5 tallied 830 birds, while Stellwagen Bank claimed the high count of 9,500 on July 9. An unexplained food source may have enticed the birds inshore. 40 YEARS AGO July–August 1981 The high count for Red Knots this year was 2,800 in Scituate on August 3. An adult Gull-billed Tern was seen at Plum Island on July 14, and an adult Sabine’s Gull was reported from Stellwagen Bank on August 30. A singing male Northern Cardinal on July 6 was Jim Berry’s first record for Crane’s Beach. Best sighting: a Spotted Redshank was photographed at the salt pans on Plum Island on July 28. It was found by two birders from New Jersey and seen by no one else. It was the first record for Massachusetts. Since then, there has only been one other record: South Wellfleet, July 31–August 19, 1990.