No June update from Tim Jones at Spurn means that Joe Stockwell takes over the lead of the NGB league with his outstanding Portland patch. A 12-point haul for a self-found Pallid Swift and a bonus 3 points for finding a Bee-eater sees him increase his points total to 253, 7 points clear of second place although Tim does have the advantage in terms of species seen. Ben Porter is still off the pace of the two front runners however he did have a great month in June with self-found Citrine Wagtail and Blyth's Reed Warbler meaning he manages to pull back 12 points on the leaders, will he be able to catch them as Autumn looms on the horizon?
Lower down the table there were few gains during June and other than Ashley Baines jumping 2 places up to eighth, the rest of the top 10 is as you were at the end of May. Espen Quinto-Ashman listed his highlights at Wellinton GP simply as "None, very quiet!", whilst James Common showed what patch birding is all about at Stobswood by almost jumping with joy when a Coot showed up, his first record in 5 years birding at the site! An impressive inland record of Arctic Skua for the same observer sees him move up a few places twelfth. My own lowly Lancaster patch remains stuck to the lower levels of the league, only Canada Goose was added during June.