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)