Wednesday, 18 May 2016

Inland Ireland Minileague - April 2016

Des Higgins rockets into first place in the Inland Ireland Comparative Minileague with a mighty score of 94.7% from University College Dublin by the end of April after adding some of the expected spring migrants along with a one day stay Wheatear being the highlight. Not a bad species to see on this suburban Dublin campus! Des is catching up with his comparative score nicely now, which may have seemed a daunting task after the bonus points gleaned from a Ring-necked Duck in 2015. With several common but crucial #patchgold species added so far in 2016 it seems he is on track to break 100%.

Niall Keogh was away for most of the month so gets bumped down to second as a result while Darragh Sinnott moves into third place with 83% at Holy Cross and Carriganore.

Stock Dove and Woodcock were the latest additions to Andrew Power’s patch list at Kildavin taking him to 72 species and 79 points, remaining at the top of the Points Minileague. Brian Burke and Derek Charles are neck and neck in terms of points with 68 apiece from the inland lakes of Lough Ree and Lough Neagh but Brian's slightly higher points per bird score of 1.097 edges him forward into second place. 

Long-eared Owl and the first Swift of the year for Christian Osthoff were his monthly additions at Carrigmore. A Curlew at Bramblestown was Liam Lysaght’s first for the site while a pair of #patchgold Coot on the pond at Bushy Park constituted the first record there since 2003 for Mary Fitzgerald. Ian Stevenson got into the swing of spring at Grand Canal Way, adding Blackcap, Willow Warbler, Chiffchaff and Swallow along with Coal Tit (after much effort!) and Lesser Redpoll. 

male Hen Harrier, a garden bird in Upper Rathduff! © Michael John O’Mahony (patch Flickr page here)

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