Bluethroat, Wil­low Tree Fen LWT, Lin­colnshire, March

Bird Watching (UK) - - Welcome - Matt Mer­ritt, Ed­i­tor

FOR A Mid­lan­der like me, it’s a thrill to see any seabirds at all, but huge breed­ing colonies on dra­matic clifftops and stacks are some­thing else again, and now’s the time to visit them. They are, above all, a multi-sen­sory ex­pe­ri­ence, and start­ing on page 26, we take a close look at Bri­tain’s best seabird cities. Go to one this sum­mer, en­joy the sights, sounds and smells (!), and you’ll never for­get it, quite apart from the many ad­di­tions you’ll make to your #My200birdyear list. As I write this, spring mi­gra­tion is be­gin­ning to hit full stride, but one sum­mer vis­i­tor that of­ten turns up a lit­tle later is the Hobby. On page 70, Ian Par­sons ex­plains how this once-rare rap­tor is thriv­ing in the UK, and cer­tainly any late spring visit to a wet­land in these parts is graced by their pres­ence. Wher­ever you go, and what­ever you look for, May tends to be a month of bird­ing sur­prises, so keep a sharp look­out, and en­joy what comes your way.

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