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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

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