Thursday, 15 September 2016

Inland Ireland Minileague - August 2016

August was a very productive month for Niall Keogh at his local suburban parks patch in South Dublin where he caught up with Willow Warbler and Chiffchaff after missing them due to being away at sea for most of the spring. He also connected with Cormorant, Curlew and Spotted Flycatcher at Kilbogget Park which are all patch scarce. The sixth species to be added that month was a calling flyover #patchgold Common Sandpiper at night!

With no update from former Inland Ireland Comparative Minileague leader Michael John O'Mahony, recent gains allow Niall to move into first place here with just over 108%.

After much searching, Des Higgins finally year ticked Collared Dove at University College Dublin which sees him reach 105% in third place. 

No update from Derek Charles but he still remains in first place on the Inland Ireland Points Minileague table just shy of the ton.

Ian Stevenson is having a great run at his Grand Canal Way patch, reaching 70 species by the end of August with a patch tick juvenile Ringed Plover! Some fine #patchgold there. Ian sums up his experiences of taking part in PWC for the first time:

Really enjoying the patch challenge and have already well beaten my expectations. I had predicted maybe 60 or at a stretch 65 species so to be on 70 already is great. In fact, over all the years I’ve visited this area there are only four species that I have seen before which I haven’t seen this year which are Tree Sparrow, Red Kite, Green Sand and Spotted Fly…and it’s still only August. Now to find a Yellow-browed or even better a Pallas's Warbler over the next few weeks!…"

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