The battle for first place continues on the Coastal Scotland comparative table with Stephen Welch at Gosford Bay and Chris Hill at Burntisland both jumping 10% or so in their comp scores since March. It is Stephen who edges ahead this month but only just, by less than 1%. A Yellow Wagtail was his star bird of the month. Jim Dickson consolidates his third place position by adding a mighty 23 species along the Crinan Canal Corridor but gained no bonus points for his Argyll rarities of Scandinavian Rock Pipit and Dark-bellied Brent Goose. Mark Lewis at Girdle ness jumps from sixth to fourth after breaking the 100 species barrier and Peter Stronach now enters the fray with his patch at Durness/Balnakeil, closing in on 50%.
Jim's bumper crop of additions in April sees him take first place on the points table from former leader Mike Hodgkin at Aberlady Bay by a matter of six species and ten points. A good May could shake things up again however. Chirs Rodger now takes third place at Musselburgh with an extra 18 species added. Crested Tit was a welcome addition for Logan Johnson at Clickimin/Helendale & Seafield after much searching. A new addition to the minileague is Matthew Bishop who is patching from Belhaven Bay (John Muir Country Park).