Saturday, 20 December 2014

Inland East Anglia Minileague - November

Jamie Wells has a lead of 6 points at the top of the table. With an impressive species total of 170 species he should have the league sown up by now, but the quality of the bird list at Mid Yare Valley keeps Ben Lewis in contention to the last. Steve Swinney makes up the top 3.

Highlights in the month were the first Dartford Warbler in Essex since winter 2005/06 for Steve Swinney at Linford. A Surf Scoter for Mark Nowers at Stutton was quite a record whilst patchers scored point with locally unusual sightings such as Bearded Tit at two sites, Snow Bunting inland at Ebridge Mill and Red-Breasted Merganser at Paxton Pits.

Nick Moran at Thetford leads the green league with both Ben Rackstraw and Alison Allen pushing him all the way. There is no contender for the BirdTrack submissions though, as Nick surpasses the 10,000 mark for the year although Alison Allen has also amassed a very impressive record total.

There are a number of competitors in the Inland East Anglia comparative league and it is Steve Swinney who is away in the lead with an impressive 142%. That will be quite a marker for next year! 6 patchers have now surpassed the 100% mark with two others needing a final push in December.

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