Martin Garner's Northern Treecreeper sees him top of the Coastal Northern Minileague for January. This was by far the rarest bird of the month for the competitors with a couple of Red-necked Grebes and the longstanding Kumlien's Gull at Barmston plus a scattering of Black-throated Divers and Tundra Bean Geese. Also noteworthy was a Cetti's Warbler for Seumus Eaves at Fleetwood. Young upstart, Jack Bucknall holds down second place at St Mary's Island, Northumberland whilst your erstwhile author managed precisely zero visits to the same place - some serious ground to be caught up. Ian Mills, last years winner holds down third and with the strength of the competition he will have a tougher task winning the points league this year.
The competitive table is very close with the Top 5 all between 28.4-35.5%. Alan Tilmouth finds himself top in the shakedown and it is a Northumberland top 3 with Stewart Sexton at Howick and Iain Robson at Druridge completing the podium places.