Thursday, 18 February 2016

Inland East Anglia Minileague - January 2016

Steve Chapman has one of the less heralded patches in PWC and Sparham Pools can sometimes get lost amongst the higher scorers but over the last couple of years Steve has patched away and it is great to see him at the top of the comparative tree on 67.5%. At Thorpe St Andrew, Adam Nicholls has also managed to connect with plenty of species on a low scoring patch with a score of 63.6%. His January Shoveler was his highlight and hopefully he pushes on past the 100% mark when the spring migrants come in. Nick Robinson is in third place. Last year Nick led the comparative minileague from the get go only to be pipped at the post. It looks like he will be in the mix again but can he improve on his final position? His January highlight was a Brent Goose which in Norwich is a very decent bird.

There are plenty of familiar names near the top of the points minileague and none more familiar than Ben Lewis. He leads on 108% and so far has managed Siberian Chiffchaff and Water Pipit amongst that haul on the Mid Yare RSPB reserves. With perennial rival Jamie Wells in eighth position and 27 points behind is this Ben's chance to open up a lead? Newcomer Luke Wake is in second position, bolstered by a brace of Serin which have graced his Fen Drayton patch, Joint second is Nick Moran on his new Lakenheath patch which leads his Thetford patch in fourth by 5 points. Nicks best bits at Lakenheath include Great White Egret and remarkably Harbour Seal. Obviously no points for the latter but a remarkable record so far from the sea.

Serins, Fen Drayton RSPB - Luke Wake
Other highlights this month include Cranes for Nick Moran and also Pete Antrobus at Eldernell. There was a Long-tailed Duck for Adam Faiers at Lackford Lakes. A Merlin for David Gomer at Terling and there was a Grey Plover for Jack Dawson at Haverholme and Ruskington. Lizzie Bruce had up to 50 Bramblings at The Lodge whilst Tim Phillips had the first patch Goosander at Ingoldisthorpe for 9 years.

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