Thursday, 24 March 2016

Inland North Minileague - February 2016

The 'Inland North' is perhaps one of Patchwork Challenge's most popular and competitive leagues, something highlighted during February with great birds, high scores and (arguably more importantly) a good number of Birdtrack submissions.

Looking first at the comparative minileague and David Franklin claims both first and second place with scores of 91% and 81% at Campsall and Askern respectively. Ryan McClarence secures third place with an impressive 73% followed by a host of PWC stalwarts nipping at his heels. Among these; David Franklin (again), Duncan Bye, Nick Morgan and Hilary Milburn. 

Duncan Bye heads up with points league with an impressive 108 points and 97 species at Wheldrake Ings, a patch-tick Great Skua featuring amid a host of other goodies. Chris Bradshaw comes in at second, a mere four points behind the frontrunner followed by John Law at Old Moor. Further down the table a number of other competitors have notched similarly impressive scores, among these; Andy Bunting, Bill Aspin and PWC-newcomer Findlay Wilde.

The North provided a wealth of avian delights this month with a healthy array of scarcities noted and one glaring rarity in the form of Penduline Tit for Alan Crossley at RSPB Saltholme. Raptors featured prominently; three Hen Harriers logged alongside a number of Merlin, Peregrine and, of course, owls. Ryan McClarence finally catching up with Tawny Owl - his fifth owl species of the year at Askern/Campsall/Norton. Elsewhere highlights included; Iceland Gull for Stephen Dunstan, Bittern for Adrian and John at Northwich Woodlands and Jack Snipe for George Dunbar. Duncan Bye continued his winning streak with a mouthwatering series of ticks that included; Caspian Gull, Scaup, Smew, Glaucous Gull and Marsh Harrier. #Patchgold was similarly well represented in February, some notable examples including; Kingfisher for Tom Lowe, Goldeneye for Mark Doveston and finally, Raven for Alan Todd at Mootlaw Quarry. Keep up the good work guys and gals!

- James C (Patchwork Challenge)

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