April sees many Inland North patches beginning to spring into life. Lots of cracking birds recorded and a few bonus points for those lucky enough to find them. Andy Bunting locked onto a Siberian Chiffchaff at WWT Martin Mere, while Green-winged Teal graced Duncan Bye's Wheldrake Ings patch. Elsewhere, Findlay Wilde spotted Ruddy Shelduck at Windsford Flash but saving the best for last - George Dunbar was given a slight shock when White-crowned Sparrow causally dropped by at Woolston Eyes.
|White-crowned Sparrow (Credit: David Bowman)|
In addition to regular migrants, other highlights for the month included Garganey for Bill Aspin at Brockholes Nature Reserve LWT and Adrian & John at Northwich Woodlands. An unexpected patch first Little Ringed Plover for Steven Ward at Hawes. Little Ringed Plover also dropped in for Keith Dickinson at Adel Dams/Breary Marsh/Eccup Reservoir providing him with a patch tick and at Norton Common for David Franklin (another patch tick!). Green Woodpecker gave Mark Doveston a patch tick at Riddlesden & Whetstone but his personal highlight was seeing three pairs of buzzards displaying on territory (almost unheard of in the Aire Valley!).
Moving onto the leagues, David Franklin is keeping a tight grip on the two top spots in the Inland North Comparative league. He's pushed past the 100% milestone with his Campsall CP & S Instoneville patch and has broken the 100% barrier with his Askern patch. In third, John Law at Old Moor/ Adwick has pushed on from 11th adding a further 29 species.
John Law takes the top spot in the points league this month moving up from third position and swapping places with Duncan Bye at Wheldrake Ings. Andy Bunting at WWT Martin Mere jumps from fifth into second adding 35 species and 44 points for April.