Monday, 21 November 2016

Inland Scotland Minileague - October 2016

All but one patch contestant in the Inland Scotland Minileague are now in the 90% range for the year but none have hit 100% as yet. 

Yellow-browed Warbler at Old Nisthouse (c) Alastair Forsyth (check out his blog)

With two months to go, Chris Pendlebury's first place Blairdrummond patch is just a one pointer away from the ton, but no additions in October continues the frustration. Will it fall?

Graeme Garner at Cambus is in second with 95.6% and Chris P's Stirling patch makes up the top three just a fraction of a percent behind. It is tight through, just a single Waxwing could change everything!

Alastair has the advantage over David Douglas in the points minileague. Old Nisthouse had a good month with four different Yellow-browed Warblers and Siberian Chiffchaff all earning bonus points. Perhaps best of all though was a patch tick Mistle Thrush while a Siberian Accentor made for a delightful distraction (albeit a 35 min drive away from the patch).

No additions at Loch Leven this month mean that a seven point gap has opened up. Graeme Garner at Cambus completes the top three.

Chris had a European White-fronted Goose at Dunblane, just a second patch record. Meanwhile Andy Cage was drawing a blank in October until a last ditch Twite on the 30th meant he had points to add to the total. Mike Hodgkin managed to get both patch and garden tick with a Barnacle Goose providing a taste of winter whilst a patch tick Spotted Flycatcher was an adios to the summer at Stirling for Chris. 

Finally, Geoff Morgan added that most fantastic of ducks, Mandarin at Liberton and a Treecreeper was the highlight of the month for Jonathan Clarke at Croy.

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