Thursday, 24 April 2014

Inland East Anglia - March

A paltry March in East Anglia with Mark Nowers' Crane the best find. Jamie Wells is still in top spot despite no additions. Mark Nowers moves up from fifth after adding 17 points to take second spot. Ed Keeble keeps hold of third with Ben Lewis dropping a couple of spots to fourth.

With Stutton and Linford remaining first and second the fight was for third and Jim Bradley at Surlingham takes control for March. Mark Nower's score of 90% is incredible after just three months and he holds an 10% lead over Steve Swinney. Nick Watmough drops to fifth from third last month.

Wednesday, 23 April 2014

Wales Minileague - March

Competition in the principality was excellent throughout 2013 and with a spectrum of scores and no huge leads to looks like that could continue in 2014 (if Bardsey doesnt run away with it). Barry Steward at Burry Inlet is top of the tree for March with his first score. A decent start! His month was made better by a Black Brant and a couple of Great White Egrets with bonus points aplenty and a healthy 1.24 points per bird. Matt Meehan is also entering his first score of 2014 and goes straight into second with his Newport Wetlands patch six points back from Barry. February's leader Darren Coombs is in third, a further 11 points behind despite a self found Green-winged Teal. We still await Steve Stansfields first submission and Ben Porter continues to rack up the points in Steve's absence on Bardsey. Best finds away from the top of the table were a couple of Osprey's and Mark Hipkin's Kumlien's Gull.

Alison continues at the top of the comparative table but additions are slower to come by at LlanfairTH now and the field closes. A bit. Henry Cook and Graham Powell both climb a place on 64% and 61% respectively meaning Adam Tilt drops to third.

Coastal East Anglia Minileague - March

Tim Hodge bestrides both the local and national tables like a behemoth. His magnificent first quarter score testament to a fine patch and no doubt plenty of effort. James Brown continues in second 24 points back. Nothing a decent spring cant bridge! Gary White is a further 26 points behind at North Walsham. Best finds in March were Great White Egrets at Horsey and Frampton.

Gary White keeps first place with 58% which gives a flavour of the sort of scores required to compete in this league with low comparative scores throughout despite some heavy points scoring.Craig Fulcher makes his season debut in second at Southwold with PWCs own Ryan Irvine in third.

Tuesday, 22 April 2014

Midlands Minileague - March

Ian Cowgill reached an astounding 131 points by the end of March which sees his Lound patch top of the Midlands pile by 22 points. Nick Crouch's Glossy Ibis helps him move into second at Collingham whilst John Hopper at Hoveringham goes solo in third drawing a couple of points clear of Andy Mackay at Eyebrook reservoir. Richard Harbird's Green-winged Teal was the only other six pointer in the Midlands for March.

 Nick Self turns the comparative table on its head and it moves from last to first place with a heady 72%, clear of last months leader, Dave Roberts by 2%. Nick Crouch is in third with 69%.

Monday, 21 April 2014

Coastal Scotland Minileague - March

Last months leader, Paul Higson, has been usurped by two other island outposts with another experienced PWC'er taking over at the top. John Bowler on Tiree is on a creditable 136 points after just three months and making headway into his seriously decent score from 2013 with Chough and Kumlien's Gull the highlights. Second and joint third places are Brian Rabbitts at Balranald and Peter Donnelly on North Ron. Further down and Dan Brown has slipped to fifth up at Dunnet but leads the way for the mainland. The Coastal Scotland is super competitive with so many entrants and much shuffling has happened in March. Long may it continue as the migrants start pitching up.

Slightly more stable than the points league but still with a new leader the Comparative league is also highly competitve. Congratulations therefore to March's leader Bryan Rains at Pennyghael on Mull. Dave W on Burray and Chris Hill at Burntisland are hot on Bryan's heels and these guys make up the podium going into the spring. Sean Morris moves up a couple of places into fourth. The battle of Girdleness takes a turn to the darkside as our own Mark Lewis moves above Andrew Whitehouse. For the time being.

Inland Scotland Minileague - March

Despite a quiet month up in Orkney with only four point accrued the Old Nisthouse patch still sees Alastair Forsyth to the top of the Inland Scotland minileague. A Golden Eagle for Rory Whytock at Lake of Menteith sees him debut in second. Nothing additonal for Simon Pinder but he stays in the top three. The Dunblane Chris Pendlebury is top of the Chris Pendlebury minileague despite slipping to fourth (and can have the bragging rights over Stirling Chris Pendlebury who is last in the aforementioned minileague).

The top two hold their places with only 2% seperating Alastair and Chris. Andy Cage at Kilmany manages to move into third with the previous incumbent, Andy Dowse, slipping to sixth.

Friday, 18 April 2014

Ireland Minileague - March

Dave Suddaby's excellent late winter returns keep him top despite no additions this month. Niall Keogh holds on to second with only two additional points. Neal Warnock moves up one place to third thanks to this months best Irish find, a Kumlien's Gull at Larne Lough. Eamonn O'Donnell loses out despite a relatively productive month. Peter Phillips slips to 6th despite a Todd's Canada Goose on patch with new entrant Julian Wylie goes straight into 5th with his Baltimore patch. 

It's still as you were with the Top 3 in the Comparative League but Tom Moore manages to usurp Niall Keogh to move into 4th. Eamonn O'Donnell is the first of the Irish competitors to breach the 80% mark and stands 9% clear in first.