|1st Black-necked Grebe chick at Fairburn Ings for 15 years - pic thanx to Joe Seymour|
In the Comparative Mini-league and Keith Dickinson holds onto the top slot again despite adding only 1 species during the month. James Common is just behind with less than 0.5% point between them. We now have 4 patchers who have broken the 100% barrier and there's still just over half a year left, is this a sign of more dilligence or better birds on patch?
Here's to a productive June!
Moving across to the points league, Darren Starkey at Fairburn Ings has maintained his firm grip on the top slot, his 193 points from 149 species is pretty impressive. His best bird of the month was a Great White Egret, but he had also had Spoonbill, Osprey and Hen Harrier. There is at least one patchworker who works less than 2 miles from Darren's patch who is green with envy but sadly his patch is nowhere near Darren's in the league.
Jonny Holliday and Garry Taylor have paid the price for not adding any new birds during May, they have both slipped down the rankings, allowing Andy Bunting, Mark Reeder and Tom Lowe to creep up on the top spot. Andy is 18 species behind Darren with the 33 points difference being a point less than last month, mighty oaks etc.! Temminck's Stint was a quality bird for him, a few more of those are needed to get you the top spot Andy.