Tuesday, 22 April 2014

Midlands Minileague - March

The Top 3 remain static in personnel with Ian Cowgill reaching an astounding 131 points by the end of March which sees his Lound patch top of the Midlands pile by 22 points. John Hopper at Hoveringham goes solo in second drawing a couple of points clear of Andy Mackay at Eyebrook reservoir. Best finds for March go to Nick Crouch's Glossy Ibis and Richard Harbird's Green-winged Teal.

Nick Self turns the comparative table on its head and it moves from last to first place with a heady 72%, clear of last months leader, Dave Roberts by 2%. Richard Harbird is in third with 66%.

Monday, 21 April 2014

Coastal Scotland Minileague - March

Last months leader, Paul Higson, has been usurped by two other island outposts with another experienced PWC'er taking over at the top. John Bowler on Tiree is on a creditable 136 points after just three months and making headway into his seriously decent score from 2013 with Chough and Kumlien's Gull the highlights. Second and joint third places are Brian Rabbitts at Balranald and Peter Donnelly on North Ron. Further down and Dan Brown has slipped to fifth up at Dunnet but leads the way for the mainland. The Coastal Scotland is super competitive with so many entrants and much shuffling has happened in March. Long may it continue as the migrants start pitching up.

Slightly more stable than the points league but still with a new leader the Comparative league is also highly competitve. Congratulations therefore to March's leader Bryan Rains at Pennyghael on Mull. Dave W on Burray and Chris Hill at Burntisland are hot on Bryan's heels and these guys make up the podium going into the spring. Sean Morris moves up a couple of places into fourth. The battle of Girdleness takes a turn to the darkside as our own Mark Lewis moves above Andrew Whitehouse. For the time being.

Inland Scotland Minileague - March

Despite a quiet month up in Orkney with only four point accrued the Old Nisthouse patch still sees Alastair Forsyth to the top of the Inland Scotland minileague. A Golden Eagle for Rory Whytock at Lake of Menteith sees him debut in second. Nothing additonal for Simon Pinder but he stays in the top three. The Dunblane Chris Pendlebury is top of the Chris Pendlebury minileague despite slipping to fourth (and can have the bragging rights over Stirling Chris Pendlebury who is last in the aforementioned minileague).

The top two hold their places with only 2% seperating Alastair and Chris. Andy Cage at Kilmany manages to move into third with the previous incumbent, Andy Dowse, slipping to sixth.

Friday, 18 April 2014

Ireland Minileague - March

Dave Suddaby's excellent late winter returns keep him top despite no additions this month. Niall Keogh holds on to second with only two additional points. Neal Warnock moves up one place to third thanks to this months best Irish find, a Kumlien's Gull at Larne Lough. Eamonn O'Donnell loses out despite a relatively productive month. Peter Phillips slips to 6th despite a Todd's Canada Goose on patch with new entrant Julian Wylie goes straight into 5th with his Baltimore patch. 

It's still as you were with the Top 3 in the Comparative League but Tom Moore manages to usurp Niall Keogh to move into 4th. Eamonn O'Donnell is the first of the Irish competitors to breach the 80% mark and stands 9% clear in first.

Tuesday, 15 April 2014

London Minileague - March

Adam Bassett remains out front at Little Marlow with his Kittiwake very much find of the month for the London minileague. Nick Croft holds both lower rungs of the podium with his Wanstead patch usurping Marek Walford at Dinton. Jason Reynolds manages to climb one place to 5th.

Jason Reynolds holds on to top spot in the comparative table for London with a stunning 84%. 9% back is Tom Stevenson with Michael Terry rounding off the top three which now has a familiar feel to it. Lower down and Adam Bassett has managed to overhaul Roger Hicks and claim fourth place.

County Firsts!

Congratulations to Espen Quinto-Ashman and Yvonne Benting on their respective county firsts found this week. Espen found a rather fine female Bluethroat at Wellington GPs, Herefordshire whilst Yvonne found a rather smart Serin at Askernish which is a first for the Outer Hebrides. Thanks to both for letting us use their images.

Sunday, 13 April 2014

South Coast Minileagues - March

Andy Johnson holds onto top spot at Sandy Point but has some serious competition from Harry Ramm who managed to connect with a Hoopoe on his patch at Climping. After an initial miscount Adam Faiers manages to hold on to third place whilst Mark Lawlor drops to fifth with Joost Brandsma splitting the difference. Amy Robjohns debuts in sixth place with Neil Burt overtaking Chris Dennis and Andy Rhodes. The best find of the month scored no points as a mixed singing Chiffchaff at Sandy Point suggested hybrid ancestry.

Adam Faiers leaps to the top of the comparative league with a heady 74% giving him a 9% lead over Mark Lawlor on Guernsey. Mr Crakes himself has a 21% cushion over Andy Johnson thanks to Andy's monster score last year.