Keith Dickinson closes in on Nick Tonge as the Leeds suburban patches fight for the overall comparative lead. Nick failed to add anything but keeps a 2% buffer. Too much time in the hills causes James Common's challenge to faulter as he drops to fourth with Steven Ward at Hawes replacing him on the rostrum after a bumper month including two patch seconds in the form of Marsh Harrier and Stonechat.
|Patchgold for Steven Ward - a Marsh Harrier at Hawes|
No points for the top three mean that Darren Starkey's lead in the Points minileague remains the same. Unlike some of the other players in this division Darren isn't particularly vocal in backing his challenge but a little birdie tells me that his latest recruit has been tasked with ensuring that Fairburn stays top of Inland North. Tom Lowe is in joint third now after adding seven points in July including a Wood Sandpiper and a Caspian Gull. Other highlights from within the fiercely contested minileague include two Bee-eaters over a retail park for Phil Woolen which sneak into his Backford Cross patch and are a superb record inland. Adam Moan managed to notch a Scaup at RSPB Geltsdale which must have been a shock whilst Chris Bradshaw had two Cranes at Potter Brompton Carr in the Vale of Pickering. Mark Reeder lists Bill Aspin sliding out of the top 10 as his highlight - ouch! But we all know where karma gets you as Bill will show with his next update.