I did manage two birding trips, the first was to Laguna De La Mata, a fifteen minute drive away by car. As it was a very hot day, I only stayed for a couple of hours, but whilst there I managed to see, SWIFT, SHORT TOED LARK, HOUSE SPARROW, WOODPIGEON, HOOPOE, BLACK WINGED STILT, AVOCET, SHELDUCK, BLACK HEADED GULL, YELLOW LEGGED GULL, KENTISH PLOVER (150+), COMMON WAXBILL, DUNLIN, KNOT, SANDERLING, KESTREL AND BEE-EATER. I met another birder at the lagoon, who told me of a large sewage settlement pond, which was virtually 5 minutes from La Zenia, which I didn't know existed. So a few days later I set off to find it. It was situated not far away from a golf course, surrounded by a wire fence. The birds there were, SQUACCO HERON, GREY GERON, LITTLE BITTERN, CATTLE EGRET, MONK PARAKEET, BLACK HEADED GULL, GULL BILLED TERN, SPOTTED FLYCATCHER, BLACK WINGED STILT, HOOPOE, WOODPIGEON, LITTLE GREBE, MALLARD, GREY WAGTAIL and WOODCHAT SHRIKE, well worth the visit and my thanks go to the unknown birder that told me about this place.
On the 20th, I went to Keyhaven/Pennington, hoping to see the LONG BILLED DOWITCHER, that had been there for a few days. After much searching I saw it, on the far side of the lagoon. A short while later an OSPREY flew close by, being mobbed by a HERRING GULL. After finishing our birding, Gordon Duffus and myself had walked back to the car to depart for home, when another birder, also returning to his car, asked us if we had seen the BUFF BREASTED SANDPIPER on the Jetty Lagoon, which was a very short walk away. We reached the lagoon in double quick time and had good views of the bird before it flew off to the east. How lucky was that.