Monday, 22 June 2015

Coastal South Minileague Update - May 2015

Three patch ticks in the form of Sanderling, Arctic and Great Skuas have helped Andy Rhodes reach the 100% mark and put a bit of pressure on current leader Paul Freestone. A Little Tern at Oldbury Power Station (picked out in a storm) consolidates Peter Hazlewood's position in third.
In the points league, Joe Stockwell who patches the stretch between Ferrybridge and Weymouth is the clear leader with a gap of ten points to Sean Foote at Portland. Given Joe's purple patch of late, it is entirely appropriate that a Purple Heron made it onto his county list, whilst he also added bonus points for a Bee-eater which flew in off the sea on the 14th. Sean meanwhile added a number of May specialities including Golden Oriole and Blue-Headed Wagtail whilst a Bonaparte's Gull added very welcome bonus points. Paul Bowerman makes up the top three with Montagus Harrier and Spoonbill amongst his highlights.

Golden Oriole at Portland c/o Sean Foote

There were a number of other highlights of note in May on the south coast. A Serin was an excellent find for Andy Johnson at Sandy Point as was a Red-Rumped Swallow at Wall Common for Roger Musgrove. Kentish Plover is a harder bird to connect with these days, so one at Steart for Dick Best was certainly his May highlight. Finally a Night Heron at Loe Pool provided bonus points for Ilya Maclean.

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