Tuesday, 19 January 2016

Coastal Scotland Minileague - December 2015

Stephen Welch finished his #PWC2015 efforts at Gosford Bay with 142 species, his highest total in the past few years. This success earned him first place in the Coastal Scotland Comparative Minileague with 109.3%. Well deserved with some excellent BirdTrack-ing thrown in for good measure.

Close behind in second place is Mark Lewis at Girdle ness who added Glaucous Gull in December and finished on 102.7% with 156 species, his own highest total in recent years also. Solid patch effort (as shown by 10,000+ records and 210 complete lists submitted to BirdTrack) resulted in some great finds and getting past 200 species for his patch life list.

Glaucous Gull © Mark Lewis

Andrew Whitehouse remained on 97% and in third place while some New Year's Eve Little Auk passage bumped Chris Hill up to fourth place with 93% at Burntisland. 

Mark's final tally of 227 points at Girdle ness ensured his first place position in the points minileague while Mike Hodgkin ended his patch efforts for the year in November but managed to break past 200 points in the process and consolidate his second place position.

After a two month drought, Jonathan Clarke connected with three patch ticks on New Year's Eve (a good day to go birding it would seem!) at Whiteness Head. Tystie, Slavonian Grebe and 170 Little Auks saw him finish in sixth. 

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