Sunday, 29 May 2016

Estuarine Minileague - April 2016

Peter Hazelwood moves up from 4th place to top the Estuarine Minileague on 88.75% with Ring Ouzel this months highlight. Gordon Hodson is less than 1% behind in second place moving up from 6th. Martin Elcoate rounds off the top three maintaining his position for a second month after adding Bonaparte's Gull which went on a wander from its Dawlish Warren base.

Bonaparte's Gull, Topsham - Martin Elcoate

In the points league Dave Craven stays top with a 19 point lead at Hale and Pickering pastures. Glossy Ibis and Channel Wagtail were the highlights amongst several decent migrants. Paul Sullivan is in second spot leading the Lincs Wash Reserves contingent on 180 points after finding a Red-rumped Swallow. Daniel Newton is on 177 points after adding Ring Ouzel and Wood Sandpiper at the same location.

Good finds outside the top three included a Spoonbill at Hesketh Out Marsh for Stuart Derbyshire. There was a Little Ringed Plover patch tick for Dave Jones at Lytchett Bay whilst Graham Jones at Hesketh Out Marsh added the same species and Water Pipit to his patch list. There was an Iceland Gull for Ian Ballam at Holes Bay and Peter Williams added Whimbrel and Bearded Tit on the muddy banks of the Humber. Finally Andy Jordan added Short-eared Owl at Sharpness and Elliot Montieth managed a Sandwich Tern in the docks at Birkenhead.

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