July brought with it very little in the way of major changes to the Irish Mini League Points Table Top 10 bar the continued jostling for first place between Dave Suddaby & Niall Keogh. Whilst Niall's Kilcoole patch is a good 19 species ahead of Dave's, the shear magnetic power that Blacksod has for drawing in rarities resulted in a 7 point lead for the latter, duly helped by the finding of an adult American Golden Plover at the start of the month. Neal Warnock, Julian Wyllie & Eamonn O'Donnell remain in their currently allotted positions in the Points Table Top 5 whilst Tom Moore shifts up from 10th place to 8th. A mention must go out to Julian who is the only rival so far to Dave's lead in terms of Points Per Bird with a respectable 1.31 at Baltimore to 1.55 at Blacksod.
More in the way of civil unrest in the Percentage Table as Eamonn O'Donnell usurps Michael from top spot (but only just) as both of them edge ever closer to the magic 100%. Alan Lauder's Carrick patch takes 3rd place from Niall at Kilcoole and Tom at Kilmore sneaks past Neal on Rathlin for 5th place.
Aside from Dave's aforementioned AGP at Blacksod, patch scarce was the order of the day for other contestants with Sooty Shearwater & Glaucous Gull for Julian at Baltimore, a Short-eared Owl for Tom at Kilmore and Wood Sandpiper, Ruff & Great Skua for Niall at Kilcoole. All welcome signs that Autumn 'proper' is most certainly on its way.
|Dave Suddaby's AGP at Blacksod (back of the camera pics are all the rage these days!) |
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