SOM­ER­SET

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HIGH­LIGHTS: A Lesser Yel­lowlegs vis­ited Steart Marshes (10th-11th). Pec­toral Sand­pipers were at Durleigh Reser­voir (19th-22nd & 25th-30th) and Meare Heath (20th-22nd). Grey Phalaropes were on Steart Marshes (4th-6th & 28th-30th), at Stert Point (16th), and at Shap­wick Heath (25th). Spoon­bills were at Steart Marshes (2nd-6th, 11th, and four on 18th). A Hoopoe was taken into care in Bridg­wa­ter (8th). A Wry­neck was at Stert Point (1st-7th). Two were to­gether in Chard (15th), with one (to 16th). A Yel­low-browed War­bler was in Frome (21st). La­p­land Bunt­ings were on Brean Down (19th) and at Huntspill (29th).

AVALON MARSHES: The two Glossy Ibises re­mained all month, one com­plet­ing a year of

res­i­dence. Shap­wick Heath hosted an Osprey (1st-10th), with two (3rd). An­other flew over Ham Wall (23rd). A Black-necked Grebe was on Noah’s Lake (28th), with 17 Com­mon Terns there (5th) and two Black Terns (12th-14th). Meare Heath hosted a va­ri­ety of waders in­clud­ing three Lit­tle Stints and 11 Ruff.

SEA­WATCH­ING: A Storm Pe­trel passed Stert Point (4th). Skuas past Mine­head, mostly over­land pas­sage birds, in­cluded a Long-tailed, nine Great and two Arc­tic (16th), and two Long-tailed, four Po­ma­rine, 39 Arc­tic and three Great (17th). Sand­wich Terns were off Wall Com­mon (8th) and Mine­head (16th). Two Lit­tle Terns and an Arc­tic Tern passed Hurl­stone Point (25th).

OTHER SITES: Durleigh Reser­voir hosted a Black Tern (4th-6th) and Lit­tle Gull (4th-9th). A Red Kite flew over Mells Down (11th). A few Curlew Sand­pipers and Lit­tle Stints were around the Par­rett Es­tu­ary, with two Spot­ted Red­shanks on the Brue Es­tu­ary. A Black Red­start was on Brean Down (10th). Ju­lian Thomas (New SOS web­site: som­er­set­bird­ing.org.uk)

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