20 YEARS AGO January–February 2001 A Pacific Loon was discovered along the Rowley Shore section of Gloucester on January 18, while the Eared Grebe continued in nearby Gloucester Harbor. A likely Western Grebe was a one-day wonder at Salisbury on January 14. Two adult Greater White-fronted Geese spent most of February in Fairhaven. A Purple Gallinule was rescued on Martha’s Vineyard on January 1, and a Sandhill Crane was present in Fairhaven for the month of February. An impressive 520 Purple Sandpipers were counted in North Scituate on January 26. An adult European Mew Gull was present at Flax Pond, Lynn, in mid-February. Best sighting: an invasion of White-winged Crossbills, including up to 140 birds in Savoy. Many were singing, and the first breeding record for the state was documented in Windsor. 40 YEARS AGO January–February 1981 Iceland Gulls were very much in evidence at Nantucket and Eastern Point, Gloucester, with 111 and 140, respectively. Nantucket also hosted a Mew Gull on January 3. A Gyrfalcon was reported from outer Cape Cod in January. Up to 22 Long-eared Owls were roosting at Dunback Meadow. A Western Kingbird was found in Chatham on January 2, and a Sedge Wren continued on Nantucket from December through early January. Six Boreal Chickadees were present during the period, and a Hoary Redpoll was discovered in a flock of redpolls at Plum Island on the last day of February. Best sighting: Fifteen records of Goshawk, including three immatures in one tree in Framingham.