Sunday, 15 March 2015

Islands - February 2015

Paul Higson at Quoyangry consolidates his lead at the top of the comparative league after an outstanding January. His highlights might not make outstanding reading for mainland birders, but Blue Tit and Great Spotted Woodpecker are far from easy points for the Scottish islands. David Wood on Islay is pushing Paul all the way however, as 5 birders have scored over 50% with the exciting spring season almost upon us.

In the points John Bowler has edged Paul Higson into second with just two points between them. Paul has by far more species, the only patcher in the islands league to exceed the 100 marker so far, but it is the impressive 1.465 points per bird on Tiree that helps John take top spot. Barrie Hamill makes up the top three.

Bird of the month fell to Stuart Taylor at Balivanich. An opportunistic scan of the Teal flock on the 7th produced a Green-Winged Teal (I have been following Stuart's methodology myself but not his success). Both Iceland and Glaucous Gulls put in appearances further north whilst John Headon found a Long-Tailed Duck on his Scilly patch.

A number of patchers on the islands are BirdTracking with Sean Morris leading the way on both of his Mull patches.

Next month the Bardsey duo will join the party having returned to the island in March but they will have some catching up to do.

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