Monday, 29 August 2016

Coastal North - June and July

Its a bumper edition of the Coastal North minileague as we omitted last months table due to an administrative error. Ash Baines is still top of the comparative minileague but he has only added 2% in the summer months meaning we still await our first over 100%. This month he added his second record of Mandarin for Starr Carr. Pete Marsh is in second place having added nothing since May. Iain Robson holds onto third place having added Storm and Leach's Petrels this month and is now less the 0.4% behind Pete.

Night Heron over Paul French's garden.

Mick Turton is still top of the points minileague and has 33 points over the summer to keep him 25 points clear of Tim Jones who is a new entry in second. These two are the highest ever scorers on their overlapping patches on the Spurn peninsula but this is the first year they have entered together. In July Mick added Red-necked Phalarope and White-rumped Sandpiper whilst in June he really made hay having found Golden Oriole and American Golden Plover plus he added Red-footed Falcon and Night Heron. Tim hasn't updated for July and Spoonbill was his June highlight. Nick Addey is in third place having pulled in Andy Hood with his Scarborough patch. Nick also got in on the Petrel action and got bonus points for Leach's Petrel.

June had a few late migrants which brought in bonus points with a Long-tailed Skua at Tynemouth for Duncan Watson. Nige Lound added Red-backed Shrike at Saltfleetby whilst Ross Ahmed added Pomarine Skua and Black Guillemot at South Tyneside. Paul French had Night Heron and Spoonbill over his Easington garden and also added Red-footed Falcon, American Golden Plover and Golden Oriole as he was beaten to the punch by the other birders for the find.

In July and Paul French added the same Red-necked Phalarope and White-rumped Sandpiper that Mick did and alas no bonus points. Hopefully Paul rectifies it this in August! Andy Hood added Pectoral Sandpiper at Flamborough while James Common managed to scope the Blyth Bonaparte's Gull from his patch boundary. There were Roseate Terns for Ross Ahmed and Duncan Watson this month too.

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