Sunday, 15 March 2015

Coastal North - February 2015

A great seawatch on the 1st February helps Stewart Sexton to the top of the comparative league. The day added 8 new patch ticks including Velvet Scoter, Long-Tailed Duck and Little Auk. Ash Baines is keeping the pressure on for the west coast with a Great White Egret and a Red-Throated Diver on the lake. Our own James Spencer makes up the top three places with Red-Necked Grebe his February highlight. The top three all have a score in excess of 50% after just two months of the year, impressive for coastal sites whose annual totals are undoubtedly boosted by spring and autumn.

In the points league, the Long Nab duo sandwich Martin Garner in a Yorkshire top three. Nick Addey is in top spot thanks to his first three pointer of the year, a Surf Scoter along with handy additions such as Little Auk and Waxwing. Meanwhile both Chris Bradshaw and Martin Garner had White-Fronted Goose. In fact Martin at Flamborough had both Eurasian and Greenland Whitefronts which controversially does not attract any additional points under PWC2015 rules. Even so it was certainly a month highlight for many birders and a great chance to observe them side by side.

On the west coast, Cetti's Warblers were proving popular, with a first winter record for Heysham for Pete Marsh and a bird at Fleetwood for Seamus Eaves. Still a good find in the north of the country in any season.

There are plenty of patchers submitting to BirdTrack with Tom Cadwallender submitting the most lists so far.

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