On the 17th July:
A visit to Blagdon Lake seeing 2 Greenshanks, 5 Redshanks, 4 Common Sandpipers, a Snipe, c400 Lapwings and an albino Coot. Then a drive to Shapwick Heath, before the pools were here, where between 9-10pm we heard a Nightingale, saw a Nightjar and heard 4 others.
On a sound recording trip to the Picos de Europa Mountains in Northwest Spain.
A day at Steart, took longer to get there than I had hoped, and, on arrival walked almost to the Quantock Hide before I learned that the Black-winged Stilts were on Stockland's Marsh. I had never been to this area before and now I know why, it's about 1.5 kms along rough paths to the blind. From the blind I could see around 25 Little Egrets in the distance, then close-by, one of the adult Black-winged Stilts began to feed in the water, the other adult showed briefly a couple of times, mainly in flight. At this distance it wasn't possible to see any chicks. A first breeding for Somerset, at least for several centuries.