Saturday, 23 July 2016

Wales Minileague - June 2016

Very little change in the rankings on the Wales Comparative Minileague during June. The leaders on the table were busy bumping up their percentage scores however. 

Stock Dove and Manx Shearwater were patch ticks for Mike Cram who leads the charge at the top of the comparative minileague for another month at Broughton and Llangennith with a score of 108.9%. Well done to Mike for achieving and surpassing his PWC target for the year.

Alison C also achieves her target for the year with bang on 100% at Llanfair Talhaiarn by the end of June. A Hooded Crow at RSPB Conwy was the second site record but the first for local patch birder Julian Hughes, which allows him to slip past fellow patch birder Henry Cook and into third place for the month on 97%. The two have been almost neck and neck battling it out here for a while now!

Wendy James gets a great Teifi blocker with a Dipper which fellow patch birder Richard Dobbins will be eager to catch up with no doubt. Richard did well with Willow Tit however, a difficult local species. This helps keep him in first place on the points minileague table for another month with 176 points from 142 species.

Alex Jones found a superb Broad-billed Sandpiper at the mouth of the River Clwyd estuary where Chris Jones also caught up with it for his patch year list. Definitely the rarity highlight of the month here!

Gull-billed Tern was another superb patch rarity, this time seen by David Carrington at Sker and KenfigCeri Jones had the first Redshank at Cosmeston, Sully and Lavernock for two years (and is top of the BirdTrack stats with over 650 lists and nearly 11,700 records). Tawny Owl and Rook were both rare at Brynna Woods for Tony Swann. The first record of confirmed breeding by Spotted Flycatcher occurred at patch of Trevor Fletcher's patch at Rudry Common. 

Broad-billed Sandpiper © Alex Jones

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