Although Adam Nicholls didn't add a point during October he is still out on top with what looks like an unassailable lead. Nick Moran is now his closest challenger thanks to his first Crossbills in 3 years on patch and a Ring Ouzel. James Emerson also added a Ring Ouzel this month, a cracking record for Whitlingham C.P. Ben Moyes probably had the best month out of everyone as his patch in the Gipping Valley played host to a Black-bellied Dipper and Great White Egret. His place in 4th is well and truly up for grabs though with a mere 0.66% seperating him and Jim Bradley in 6th!
No changes at the top in the points league as everyone finds it hard to add points late in the year so its looking good for Ben Lewis to finish on top this year, or will Luke or Jamie have a great final winter period? The highlight of month has to be the influx of Yellow-browed Warblers into the inland patches. It must be a bird on all inland patchers radar but it still must be a buzz to see one away from the coast and fortunately 5 East Anglia patches score one. Joe Harkness and Terry Stopher had the joy of finding one on patch (Joe also saw a Great Grey Shrike, an excellent inland duo!) and Irene Boston, Rob Pople and Ben Lewis also saw one on patch.
The second winter period is well under way and an excellent chance for inland patches to catch up with species they missed earlier in the year, there are still pints out there waiting to be found......hopefully!