Saturday, 18 April 2015

Estuarine Minileague - March 2015

Ed Keeble makes an impressive jump on the Estuarine Minileague comparative table moving to first place from fourth in the space of a month down to adding a whole 11 species and 14 points leaving him on 73.481% at his patch at Brantham. Shaun Robson enters the league in March with a solid 61.326% at Lychett Bay, claiming fifth (an impressive 8 Spoonbills at that site). The highest comp score average on the table is claimed by Toby Collett at RSPB Frampton Marsh. He has a long way to go but is doing well, just shy of 50% by the end of the first quarter. A good Spring might make all the difference for him.

It's a trio of RSPB reserves at the top of the points table with a first/second place tussle at Frampton/Freiston where a single species separates John Badley from Anthony Bentley (although John leads by 7 points and a points per bird score of just over 1.3). Howard Vaughan moved from fifth to third during March thanks to 12 species/22 points added including Little Ringed Plover and Common Scoter. Well over half the contestants are now above 100 points and it's most certainly worth highlighting the stellar BirdTrack effort of Ian Ballam at Lychett Bay from where he's submitted a mighty 2,599 records from 74 complete lists (Garganey and Little Ringed Plover for him there).

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