20 YEARS AGO September–October 2002 Goose reports included a family—two adults and four juveniles—of Greenland White-fronted Geese at Rochester on October 24–25. Three Rufous Hummingbirds were found including “Ruffy,” the female Rufous who returned to a feeder in Agawam for the seventh year. A Yellow Rail was flushed in the Neponset Marshes in Dorchester on September 18. A nor’easter on October 12 produced an unprecedented flight of 104 Atlantic Puffins at Andrews Point. A super abundance of small schooling fish including menhaden and herring attracted record numbers of Great Shearwaters; observers at Andrews Point logged 35,000 on September 24, with 10,000 at Plum Island on October 1. An overnight trip to Atlantis Canyon on the continental shelf on September 7–9 produced a White-faced Storm-Petrel , eight Audubon’s Shearwaters , and two Bridled Terns . A female Magnificent Frigatebird spent four days on Cape Cod at the start of September, most reliably seen from the parking lot at Chatham Light. Passerine highlights included a Say’s Phoebe in Northampton, and a LeConte’s Sparrow at Daniel Webster Wildlife Sanctuary in Marshfield. State firsts: two. A Broad-billed Sandpiper was observed for fifteen minutes at the Bill Forward Pool on Plum Island on September 10 before the shorebird flock was scattered by a hunting Peregrine Falcon. The following month, on October 14, a male Shiny Cowbird was found at Herring Creek Farm near Katama on Martha’s Vineyard. Since these first records in 2002, neither species has been recorded again in the state. 40 YEARS AGO September–October 1982 A White-faced Storm-Petrel was spotted near Hydrographers Canyon on September 2. Although there had been about 25 records of this enigmatic, oceanic hopper off the East Coast this sighting was the first one recorded on an organized birding trip. The pelagic was sponsored by Wings, Inc., and led by Will Russell, Kevin Powers, and Dick Veit. Fifteen Cattle Egrets spent most of September at the Maplecroft Farm in Ipswich. A Mississippi Kite —the seventh for the state—was found with a broken leg in North Easton on September 1. Immature Red-headed Woodpeckers were reported from Rockport and Lowell. A Fork-tailed Flycatcher with a full-length tail was found on Nantucket in mid-September. Loggerhead Shrikes were well represented with three records in Marshfield, Duxbury Beach, and Fort Hill, Eastham. A LeConte’s Sparrow was found on Halloween at the edge of the saltmarsh across from the Newburyport airfield. Five Yellow-headed Blackbirds were spotted in Monomoy and Nantucket. Best dead bird: a Long-billed Murrelet was discovered freshly dead in a garage near Great Quitticas, one of the Lakeville ponds, on September 17. At the time, this taxon was considered an Asian subspecies of Marbled Murrelet. It was promoted to full species status in 1997. This bird remains the only record for Long-billed Murrelet for the state.