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Reality Birding League 2001
Spring 2001
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Little changed over the month of December, with few new birds for everyone taking part (but more than last year. Ed), with one of the few notable birds being Waxwing at the end of the month. Pete Marsh finished on an unbeatable list of 202 species and 946 points, due to a large degree on the number of finds during the year, particularly sea birds.


Position Name Score Species
1 Pete Marsh 946 202 
2 Pete Fletcher  885 195
3 Jean Roberts 820 189
4 Ray Hobbs 780 183
5 Mark Prestwood 779 183
6 Tom Walkington  772  181
7 Tom Wilmer  764 178
8 Howard Elliot  750 177
9 Pete Crooks  742  174
10 Mike Robinson 669  164
11 John Mason 658 163
12 Jon Carter  587   144
13 Bill Cross 579  150
14 Andrew McCafferty 485 132

This year we have some new birders taking part in the reality leagues fourth year.  John Reddish is second to Pete Marsh, with an additional species to his credit.  His finds included both European White-fronted Goose, with Howard Elliot, and Waxwings. He was also one of the few people who saw both the Slavonian and Red-necked Grebes. Also new to the league this year are Steve Dodgson and Graham Powell, with Graham lucky enough to have 9 Waxwings flying over Leighton Moss.  John Girdley has also rejoined the league this year

The scoring has changed this year with some additional species/splits, which include Continental Cormorant, argentatus Herring Gull, and a split of the Bean Geese.

The League is run, as I see it, as a fun event to encourage a more extensive coverage of the local area.  A better crossover of information has been very noticeable over the last three years. There is still plenty of time to enter for this year, and if you are interested and require any information or scoring sheets etc, please contact me, or speak to anyone who takes part.

My Local Birds page on the Reality League site is updated, whenever possible, on a daily basis with the relevant local sightings and the address is www.realityleague.freeserve.co.uk/page2 .Contributions to this are always appreciated as local news doesn't always filter through to the pager & other services. I can be contacted on 39556 or e-mail john@whalleyroad.screaming.net.


Position Name Score Species
1 Pete Marsh 271 130
2 John Reddish 255 131
3 Pete Fletcher 253  128
4 Steve Dodgson 252 128
5 Tom Walkington 229  124
6 Mark Prestwood 194 122
7 Howard Elliot 208 119
8 Graham Powell 199  119
9 John Girdley  170 113
10 Jean Roberts  189 111
11 John Mason  150 110
12 Jon Carter  181 106
13 Pete Crooks 163 108
14 Mike Robinson 144  109
15 Andrew McCafferty 101 75

John Mason 2001

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