SOM­ER­SET

Bird Watching (UK) - - Uk Bird Sightings August - Ju­lian Thomas New SOS web­site: som­er­set­bird­ing.org.uk

HIGH­LIGHTS:

A Spot­ted Sand­piper was at Sut­ton Bing­ham Reser­voir (4th-8th). The two Glossy Ibises com­muted between Shap­wick Heath and Ham Wall all month. Great White Egrets peaked at 17 at Shap­wick Heath (31st). Sin­gle Ospreys were at Shap­wick Heath (from 10th) and Sut­ton Bing­ham Reser­voir (30th-31st). A Red Kite was over Steart Marshes (21st). Two Black Terns were at Shap­wick Heath (16th); an­other Black Tern and a Common Tern were there (23rd). Four Black Terns and two Common Terns passed Ber­row and two Black Terns and five Arc­tic Terns flew past Stert Point (all 20th). Strong winds (21st) pro­duced eight Storm Pe­trels and a Po­ma­rine Skua off Burn­ham, two Storm Pe­trels, three Arc­tic Skuas and two Black Terns off Stert Point, and four Storm Pe­trels off Mine­head. Two Sand­wich Terns were at Ber­row (28th). Sin­gle Yel­low-legged Gulls were noted at the Axe Es­tu­ary (9th), the Brue Es­tu­ary (27th) and Sut­ton Bing­ham Reser­voir (28th). Waders in­cluded vary­ing num­bers of Curlew Sand­pipers and Lit­tle Stints at sites around Bridg­wa­ter Bay, three Wood Sand­pipers at Steart Marshes (13th; one to 14th), a Wood Sand­piper (17th-24th) and a Lit­tle Stint (28th) at Ham Wall, and a scat­ter­ing of Green and Common Sand­pipers, Green­shanks and Ruff in­land.

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