20 YEARS AGO March–April 2002 A Western Grebe was present off the beach at Plum Island from March 16 into May. A Dark-bellied Brant ( Branta bernicla bernicla ) appeared at Newburyport on April 25–26. Monk Parakeets—which are not on the official state list—were noted in Somerset and Dartmouth. Rare songbirds included Boreal Chickadees in Granby and Windsor, a Summer Tanager in Belmont, a Harris’s Sparrow in Westport, a Painted Bunting in Lexington, and Yellow-headed Blackbirds in Northampton and Weymouth. Best sightings: a male Eurasian Kestrel was found in South Wellfleet on April 14 and—presumably the same individual—was later relocated in Chatham where it was present April 18–May 5. This is the second record for the state. The first was a female collected in Hull on September 29, 1887. A week after the kestrel was first spotted, an adult male Pacific Golden-Plover in breeding plumage was discovered at Plum Island on April 21. It was the first Massachusetts record and only the third for eastern North America. 40 YEARS AGO March–April 1982 An Arctic Loon was reported at the north end of Plum Island on April 23. A Western Grebe was seen by many observers in Scituate from March 22–April 4. A Tundra Swan was present on Martha’s Vineyard throughout March. Up to seven adult Little Gulls were present in Newburyport Harbor on April 29. A Gull-billed Tern was found on Nantucket on April 30 and an Atlantic Puffin was noted in Cape Cod Bay on April 19. A Red-bellied Woodpecker was found in Orleans in March and a Red-headed Woodpecker continued at Horn Pond, Woburn, through March. A Boreal Chickadee was spotted at Squaw Rock, Squantum, on April 16. Best breeding location: Mount Auburn Cemetery hosted breeding pairs of Fish Crows and Pine Siskins.