Monday, 15 December 2014

Ireland Minileague - November

The top five rankings in the Irish Minileague Points Table remain the same come the end of November. Dave Suddaby claimed and held on to first place a long, long time ago at his Blacksod patch (with a clear lead of almost 70 points!) but still managed to add a species in November, Short-eared Owl. 

A fantastic month for Niall Keogh at Kilcoole saw no less than eight species added to his patch year listing effort (most welcome this late in the year), keeping him in second place just short of the 200 points mark. The only movers on the points table this month are Tom Moore at Kilmore Quay who skips up from eight to sixth and Michael O'Donnell at Kilmichael, increasing slightly from eleventh to tenth place.

In the comparative league, Michael O'Donnell jumps back into first place with 109.4% on account of a Barred Warbler at Kilmichael, a superb local record and by far the best find of the month. 

Tom Moore hits is PWC2014 target reaching 100% on the dot thanks to additions of Purple Sandpiper, Black Redstart and Merlin. Will Niall Keogh at Kilcoole and Neal Warnock on Rathlin Island muster enough effort/luck in December to bring them level with last years scores?

Other notable patch birds recorded through the month included Black Redstart at Brownstown Head for Paul Walsh, Slavonian Grebe (2nd patch record) and Jack Snipe (first for five years) at Larne Lough for Neal Warnock who also patch ticked Short-eared Owl on Rathlin and Yellow-legged Gull (patch tick), Lesser Whitethroat (2nd patch record) and Black Redstart (3rd patch record) for Niall Keogh at Kilcoole.

This Grey Plover at Larne was TWITCHED by Neal Warnock, but we'll forgive him. It's often a much sought after species for many Irish patchworkers. 

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