What a year it has been so far for the top three in the Coastal South Comparative Minileague with impressive 120%+ scores.
Paul Freestone's run in first at Gwithian was boosted by additions of Fieldfare and Firecrest in November as he edges closer to 130% with one month left to go. Second place Andy Rhodes added three #fullfatpatchticks at Calshot with flyover Brambling and both Black-throated and Red-throated Divers (with his second Great Northern Diver of the year making for a nice trio that month). Amy Robjohns has been having a superb year at Titchfield Haven where she sits in third place on over 120% and just shy of 150 species and 200 points. Siberian Chiffchaff, Short-eared Owl and nice daytime views of Tawny Owl were all new for Amy in November.
Tawny Owl © Amy Robjohns
Sean Foote reached his 100% comp score target with Siberian Chiffchaff at North Portland but was knocked out of fifth place by Paul Bowerman who had a great month at Severn Beach where nine year ticks included a self-found Glossy Ibis and #fullfatpatchtick Black Guillemot and Black-throated Diver.
An update from Joe Stockwell furthers his lead on the Coastal South Points Minileague table with a very nice bonus points find of Hume's Warbler for him back in October plus Barnacle Goose and Velvet Scoter in November at Ferrybridge to Weymouth bringing him ever closer to 300 points. Will he glean the final five points needed during December?
Kev Rylands added six new species at Dawlish Warren in November where he sits in third. The highlights section on the score submission form received yet another mouth watering list of species, simply put as follows: "Little Auk, 59K Wood Pigeon, Green Sand, BT Diver, Fieldfare, Lapwing, Tristis, YBW, Firecrest, Black Red, Bonaprte's Gull, SEO, Dartford W, Water Pipit".
Rarity find of the month undoubtedly goes to Andy Johnson with his Olive-backed Pipit at Sandy Point, just the 5th record for Hampshire but the second for his patch. Cracking stuff!
A Grey Phalarope which spent two days off Oldbury Power Station was new for Peter Hazelwood's PWC BirdTrack year list which is closing in on 250 lists and 11500 records.