Thursday, 12 March 2015

Coastal Scotland - February 2015

With just six patches in the Coastal Scotland Comparative Minileague, each contestant is sure to be keeping a close eye the others fortunes. This could become hotly contested!

Both Chris Hill and Stephen Welch added another 10% onto their comp scores from January and remain in first and second place respectively through February. Jim Dickson popped up this month to displace Mark Lewis from third, sending him down to sixth. Both of Andrew Whitehouse's patches remain as they were in fourth and fifth place.

On the points table its Jim Dickson at Crinan Canal Corridor that leads the way with an impressive 94 species and 115 points, aided by some quality species such as the 1st-winter Caspian Gull at Lochgilphead (mega in West Scotland) and White-tailed Eagle.

Chris Rodger at Musselburgh and Mike Hodgkin at Aberlady Bay are tied with 109 points each but Mike has the higher species total (92, including five species of auk in one day) while Chris has the higher points per bird score (1.225) thanks to the likes of Little Auk, Smew and Surf Scoter. 

Good to see four out of the top five above 100 points, with Chris Hill at Burntisland not far behind in fifth on 93 points (including Little Auk and Puffin).

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