Sunday, 23 October 2016

Wales Minileague - September 2016

Mike Cram continues to tip away at Broughton and Llangennith where a Turnstone brings him to 119%. What a year he has had. Mike mentioned in the score submission form comments that he was going hell for leather on the patch during October so his lead in the Wales Comparative Minileague might well be sealed if he gets any more year ticks! 

Henry Cook adds Scaup and Yellow-legged Gull at RSPB Conwy, taking him to third place on 111% which will be close enough to keep fellow patch birder Julian Hughes on his toes. Julian was kind enough to join us for a chat on the most recent PWC Podcast and gave us a great insight into his patch at RSPB Conwy from where he currently sits in second place on 113%. Well worth a listen! Podcast link here

Garganey at RSPB Conwy (c) Henry Cook (flickr page)

A stunning 1cy Little Gull at Cardiff Bay (c) Peter Howlett

Richard Dobbins and Wendy James are both off to Costa Rica on a ringing trip and won't be back until November so this might give other contestants a chance to catch up with the Teifi duo in the Wales Points Minileague. Barry Stewart could use this to his advantage and get his Burry Inlet patch into first place.

Knot was a patch first for Ceri Jones at Cosmeston, Sully and Lavernock. No doubt a welcome addition to the suite of impressive BirdTrack lists there! 

While Julian didn't manage to find a Wryneck at RSPB Conwy as per his podcast prediction, David Ripley got in on the Jynx action with one at Ogmore Estuary.

David Carrington reports a lean month at Sker and Kenfig but still added Kingfisher, Green Sandpiper, Knot and Goshawk while Alex Jones enjoyed some nice wader passage at Rhyl with up to three Little Stints, four Ruff, four Greenshank and five Curlew Sandpipers.

The ever increasing BirdTrack stats in the Wales Minileague finished up at 2,889 lists and 61,946 records by the months end.

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