It’s as you were in the top 5 of this month’s Midlands comparative minileague table. Just a ½ percent separates Tom Shields and Nick Crouch, with Nick adding Bewick’s Swan and Raven during the month, the latter being a new patch bird. Despite being out of the country for two weeks Phil Hyde managed to move up to 6th place stealing it from an equally disadvantaged Andy Simms whose Tanzania trip saw him slip to 7th place. Mike Wakeman was the only joiner of the 100% club this month, though John Hopper is tantalizingly close and will surely make it by the year end.
All change at the top of the points minileague as Steve Nuttall rises to the top after adding another 8 points with Whooper Swan, Smew, Great Northern Diver and Slavonian Grebe. Rod Baker moves to 2nd place with his Rutland Water rival Erik Ansell dropping to 3rd place.
Bewick's Swan (c) Neil Duggan
A Hen Harrier was a patch tick for all three Upton Warren participants. Other patchers recording firsts were; Pete Fontana with 3 Pintail and Matthew Hazleton with a duo of Bearded Tit and Woodcock. Rhys Chivers unfortunately missed out on finder's points for the Glossy Ibis at Soar Valley – though 4 points this late in the year shouldn’t be sniffed at.