Sunday, 24 May 2015

Coastal North Minileague - April

Ash Baines moves ahead of Stewart Sexton in the Coastal North comparative minileague but there is only a Knats dangly bits between them as both are just south of 79%. Returning migrants fuel this fight and Ash's Ring Ouzel was perhaps the hihglight while an early Manx for Stewart helped boost his total. Seumus Eaves at Fleetwood holds onto third and gets to within striking range of the top 2 thanks to a brace of Richard's Pipits.

Its great to see Martin Garner top of the points minileague and a 19 point lead over Scarborough patcher Nick Addey and a 51 point addition in April is extremely impressive. His highlights included Alpine Swift and Red-rumped Swallow but alas no bonus points yet while Nick managed to add Osprey, Red Kite, Garganey, Firecrest and most importantly Coot! Jonathan Farooqi is bringing an NGB flavour to the top three with 166 points for his Druridge Bay patch. He managed three points for a Great White Egret but the best bird for him was finally connecting with Bearded Tits on patch.

Away from the top three the highlights were a self-found Rough-legged Buzzard for Chris Bradshaw at Long Nab which was a patch tick. Jane Turner added Dotterel at Red Rocks while James Spencer connected with an Iceland Gull which marginally softened the blow of missing a drake American Wigeon at St Mary's Island which then set up home 2 miles away.

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