Friday, 25 March 2016

Inland East Anglia - February 2016

A big change round in February as Steve Chapman, January's leader slips to 6th spot. Adam Nicholls of Thorpe St Andrew climbs to 78% moving up from second place last month. His highlights are Firecrest and Medtierranean Gull this month. Great birds on a relatively low scoring patch. Tim Phillips at Hethersett is in second place on 72% moves up from 4th to second is a reflection of hard work, illustrated by his 30 complete lists. #BeatNick takes a knock this month as Nick Moran finds himself in third spot in the comparative league on 70%. Highlights at Thetford in February included Golden Plover, Goldeneye, Woodlark and a wintering Blackcap.

Ben Rackstraw's incredible find on his first visit to patch.

Ben Lewis holds on at the top of the points league despite no news for February. Luke Wake at Fen Drayton closes the gap to 1% with Iceland Gull a great February boost. Nick M takes third place and alongside his great score he has also added 57 birdtrack lists and over 2500 records. Dedication or being Mr Birdtrack? You decide. Below is an instant classic video from Jonny as Nick assists his campaign to beat him. Contains a swear or two.

Best find this month is Ben Rackstraw's Great Grey Shrike on his first ever visit to his new patch at Wretton. Great work and a dream start. Alison Allen at Thorpe-next-Haddiscoe added Merlin this month. Joe Harkness added Smew alongside more standard local fare in the form of Woodlark and Firecrest. Trevor Girling at Ingoldisthorpe added a brace of Jack Snipe and Hen Harrier this time out. At Eldernell there was a Dartford Warbler for Pete Antrobus whilst at Dersingham there was a brace of Red-crested Pochard for Irene Boston.

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