Thursday, 25 August 2016

Islands Minileague - July 2016

Slow going in the Islands Minileague during July with no major changes to the rankings in either the comparative or the points minileagues. Signs of a genuinely quiet period for patch birding or are the contestants keeping their powder dry for the autumn rush?

Still a few species added here and there all the same as reported to us on the monthly score submission forms.

A Little Stint on Brownsman pond was a nice addition to Ed Tooth's Farne Islands year list while Stuart Taylor clocked a flyover Iceland Gull at Balivanich.

Proper #patchgold was the order of the day however with several sites noting some excellent patch birds. Treecreeper on an island without trees is certainly a good one! This was the highlight of the month for Mark Newell on the Isle of May while John Bowler picked up on a Little Grebe at Balephuil, Tiree, a species which is less than annual there. John and Mark remain in second and third place respectively on the points table while Mark holds third place on the comp table with 92.5%.

Shag was a full blown patch first for IanT at Askernish, South Uist. Ian remains in second place on the comp table for another month, now on 95% and within sight of his target for the year.

Little Grebe at Balephuil... an evocative record shot of some #patchgold! © John Bowler

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