With favourable conditions in the east of the country, the coastal north league saw some big movers in September, with some fantastic species added to patch lists. The best bird of the month must go to the Masked Shrike which graced Spurn for a couple of weeks. If Tim Jones had found the bird, he surely would have had one hand on the best find prize for 2014. The Shrike plus an enviable supporting cast including Pallid Harrier and Olive-Backed Pipit is enough to give Tim top spot at the end of September however. Pushing him hard, Martin Garner is the other member of the 300 club, adding Fea's Petrel and wishing that Baltic Gull, Grey-Headed Wagtail and Siberian Lesser Whitethroat qualified as full species!
Best find of the month goes to Iain Robson at Druridge. A social media driven twitch along the east coast (started by Martin Garner at Flamborough!), lead to Iain having a decision to make. Head to Newbiggin for the best chance to see the Petrel, or risk missing out for the chance to bag points for the patch. The gamble paid off and Iain climbs into 4th, putting the pressure on Jane Turner at Red Rocks, who added a county third Marsh Warbler herself, for a podium spot.
Tom Cadwallender at Alnmouth has sumitted the most Birdtrack records to date with Jane Turner not far behind.
In the comparative league, Iain Robson in top spot has hit the 100% mark. Other contenders need a great October to beat last years target.