IN THE 10 and a half years I’ve been at Bird Watching, the best bird I’ve twitched from the office has to be the female Wilson’s Phalarope that showed up on the Nene Washes in May 2007. The delicate transatlantic beauty was a reminder of the unpredictability of spring migration, and that has been as true as ever this year, with the result that many of you are forging ahead with #My200birdyear. Turn to page 20 to read the story so far, then see how you could boost your list further by seeing some of the many herons, egrets and related birds spreading their range to the UK (page 24). Oh, and that wader I mentioned gets its name from Scottish-born pioneer of ornithology Alexander Wilson, who is profiled by contributor Ed Hutchings on page 32. Whatever you’re doing, though, make the most of the long days of summer – the birds are out there waiting to be found.
Matt Merritt, Editor