Sunday, 24 April 2016

Inland North Minileague - March 2016

David Franklin finishes March with a BOOM! A flyover Goosander and a returning Sand Martin at Campsall CP and Instoneville make him the first person in the minileague to reach the 100% milestone. While David keeps his Askem patch in second place, Ryan McClarence loses ground and drops into fifth place. Making a leap from thirteenth to steal third is Nick Tonge at Rodley who connected with a further fifteen species in March.

Duncan Bye continues to lead the pack in the Inland North points minileague with single point seperateing him from second place. Duncan's eleven points this month included Mediterranean Gull and Common Scoter which were both patch ticks for him at Wheldrake Ings. Chris Bradshaw remains in second place but applies the pressure by closing the gap. Nuthatch was a new species for the site at Wykeham Lakes and he also patch ticked Kittiwake this time out after good numbers were spread inland. John Law remains in third spot as he added 11 points for March.

Long-eared Owl - Ryan McClarence
There were precisely no bonus points acquired during March in a somewhat surprising turn of events - hopefully some over shooting migrants or moving wildfowl rectify this for April! Alan Todd managed to add Stonechat to his patchlist at Mootlaw Quarry, Bill Aspin had his earliest House Martin in 63 years of watching Brockholes whilst additions of Yellow-legged Gull and Osprey were noteworthy. Chris Knight at Thritoft added a trio of new birds to his patchlist with Firecrest a great bird in the Inland North. Phil Oddy had his first record of Woodcock at his Poynton Pool micropatch which is accruing birds at a very decent rate.

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