Wednesday, 24 June 2015

Islands - May

The story of May for those denizens of the off islands has been the misses. Squacco Heron on St. Mary's, Sabine's Gull on Tiree and Black Stork on Skomer. None the end of the world in the rarified air on our western seaboard but bonus points slipping away. 

Out on the Oa David Wood managed to add just four points but amongst those were a brace for a Dotterel passing through. Despite this Bryan Rains at Pennyghael managed to make headway closing the gap to 6%. Ian T at Askernish also made significant strides towards the top adding 11% in May including a patch first Long-tailed Skua. As is usual we await to see what the June mega season holds out here but we do know John B missed out again but the Bardsey boys got a second bite...

The Islands is where the big points come from. So far this year PWC stalwart John Bowler has been the only person to break 200 and he is already way past that mark thanks to May bonus points for White-tailed Eagle and Long-tailed Skua. The Sabine's was his but sadly away from patch while Jason Moss missed the Black Stork on Skomer but to make up for it he found at least 4 Golden Orioles and Great White Egret. Barrie Hamill and Ian T are neck and neck in third place.

Around the grounds and a Great White Egret was an Isle of May first for Mark Newell while Orcas were a non-point scoring bonus! John Headon missed the Squacco Heron at Lower Moors but added to his burgeoning patch heron list with a Little Bittern. Morgan Vaughan was the final scorer of scarcity points on Oronsay with a White-tailed Eagle.

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