Both Ian Cowgill at Lound and John Hopper at Hoveringham continued to increase their species lists since September but remain in their allotted first and second places respectively in the Midlands Minileague points table. Ian has a good lead by 11 species and 21 points (including the first Grey Phalarope for Lound in 31 years), will this be enough to ensure first place come the end of the year? Seven new species including Hawfinch & Water Pipit for Andy Mackay at Eyebrook Reservoir sees him take third place from Nick Crouch at Collingham & Besthorpe whilst Matthew Bruce moves into fifth with thirteen new species (including Great Skua) at Draycote Water.
A Yellow-browed Warbler was a top find for Matt Griffiths at Earlswood and only the second record for Warwickshire, ensuring he crossed the 100% mark, staying in first place in the comparative league. Dave Roberts at Marston takes second place from Nick Crouch but only by a matter of 0.8%