Sunday, 25 October 2015

Coastal North Minileague - September 2015

Change again at the top of the coastal north comparative league with NGB Ash Baines displacing former front-runner Stewart Sexton with the help of 10 species and 18 points gained during September. Both Ash and Stewart broke the coveted 100% barrier this month with the addition of some good birds at Starr Gate-Fairlawn Road and Howick respectively. Seumus Evans falls to third place this month with Chris Bradshaw still firmly rooted in fourth. Further down the table Patchwork's own James Spencer climbs from seventh to fifth though aside from this things remain largely unchanged towards the lower reaches of this extremely competitive minileague.

Some truly monstrous scores throughout the points minileague this month. More than enough to make this particular admin a tad nervous about joining this league next year! Mick Turton remains in first place and looks unstoppable as the years end draws ever nearer, a whopping 67 points ahead of his nearest rival. Martin Garner resides in second place at Flamborough Head followed by Nick Addey in third while elsewhere the line-up remains virtually unchanged from August, though this could all change during October..

A real smorgasbord of avian delights noted during the course of the month with Nick Addey's Fea's Petrel an obvious highlight at Long Nab followed by a Sabine's Gull for good measure. A Red-Footed Falcon on the Northumberland coast brought home the bacon for both Iain Robson and Jonathan Farooqi this month while Mick Turton was lucky enough to unearth a Blyth's Reed Warbler and Pete Marsh nabbed White-Winged Black Tern at Heysham & Middleton. These comprised perhaps the best birds this month though additional autumn scarcities were present in good numbers. Yellow-Browed Warblers occurred on no less than seven patches throughout September with three Barred Warblers also in evidence. Elsewhere other scarcities included Wryneck for Ash Baines as well as Pomarine Skua, Black Tern, Little Stint and plenty of Sooty Shearwaters elsewhere.

Red-Footed Falcon - Jonathan Farooqi

- James C (Patchwork Challenge)

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