Saturday, 24 December 2016

Inland East Anglia - November 2016

During November it became apparent that it was going to be a 'Waxwing Year' and I'm sure it had every patcher looking and listening for them on every berry tree. It seems fitting that it was to be Adam Nicholls first tick since July and a full fat patch tick as well. He also added Stonechat but dipped both Velvet Scoter and Brent Goose. With a 22% lead you can't be too greedy.......
Nick Moran seems to have secured 2nd place with a dream month, helping ID a Little Bunting, finding Siberian Chiffchaff as well as adding Hawfinch! Has Thetford moved to the coast! All this means that the #beatNick competition has miserably failed (pending the results of a drug test) so rather than dwell on it we will leave Jonny to drink his blues away (although i hear the #PWC2017 hashtag will be #beatenbyNick). Ben Moyes was another Waxwing'er this month and moves ahead of his 106% rivals while Ben Lewis finally passes the 100% mark, mainly thanks to missing 10 species off by mistake but also adding Waxwing and Bewick's Swan. With a few patchers close to 100% will a DEcember surge see more pass the milestone?

tic tic - BOOM! Little Bunting at Thetford

Ben Lewis has extended his lead at the top thanks to his shoddy book keeping earlier in the year and Jamie Wells is now his closest challenger thanks to a wildfowl wonderland, Ring-necked Duck, Scaup and Whooper Swan all putting in an appearance at Paxton Pits. Luke Wake remains in the top 3 but Nick Moran and Nige Lound are closing the gap and it will be a close run thing come the end of the year. Nige Lound had the bonus of finding a Green-winged Teal in November, always good to get a 6 pointer late in the year. Terry Stopher also had a good month at Livermere with the highlight coming from the 2nd ever record of Bean Goose for him there. The Inland East Anglia league also passed a milestone this month, 50,000 Birdtrack records for the year! Excellent work everyone!

Siberian Chiffchaff at Thetford by Neil Calbrade

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