Sunday, 15 March 2015

Inland North. February 2015

February was generally a quiet month for most patchers in the Inland North. Top additions for the month were American Wigeon for Jonny Fisk at Nosterfield - presumably the the bird that was at North Duffield in January. Putting the whole patch thing into perspective was the 2nd ever record of Moorhen at Stobswood for James Common.

Best finds included a trio of gulls (Iceland, Med' and Caspian) for Mark Reeder at Orgreave, a Scaup for Garry Taylor at Hornsea, a Nuthatch for Jonny at Pugneys and Med Gull and Long-eared Owl at Stobswood.

As is now the fashion the cumaltive league 1st.

Despite no visits during the month Keith Dickinson is still holding on to top spot, though Nick Tongue is desperately close.

The points

Yorkshire sites dominate the top ten with 8 sites, split only by the 2 Lancashire sites of Martin Mere and Brockholes. Darren Starkey sits comfortably at the top with an 18 point lead over Jonny Holliday. Mark Reeder and Garry Taylor are level on species with just quality separating them. With increased daylight and early migrants, the Inland North should now begin to hot up. Perhaps those sitting quietly lower down the league are playing the slow game will begin to rise up in the next few weeks?

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